Conference themed on art and children’s and young people’s creative learning

27. Oct 2022 KL. 09:00 - 18:00

Join us on Thursday, 27 October 2022, for a conference themed on art and children’s and young people’s creative learning. The conference is organised by Stavanger Art Museum, MUST, Modern Art Oxford and the National Museum in Oslo.

About the conference

The conference is organised in connection with the exhibition Ruth Asawa – Citizen of the Universe. The conference goal is to shed light on the significance of art as part of school curriculum. Why is it important? Can the artistic disciplines contribute to improving a pupil’s educational progression and result in the individual being better equipped to tackle future tasks and challenges? What is the status of the artistic disciplines in schools today? The conference will address these and other relevant questions in light of international research and with Ruth Asawa’s artistic practice as a backdrop and source of inspiration.

Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) is considered one of Modernism’s most important innovators in the genre of sculpture. She is most well-known for her wire sculptures that hang from the ceiling and create installations in space. Today, her hanging wire sculptures are found in the largest museums in the USA. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Modern Art Oxford and is the first museum exhibition of Asawa’s works in Europe.

Asawa saw the value of exposing children to creative disciplines in school long before it was common to do so. She emphasised a close connection between art and life and devoted much of her career to teaching. This focus on creative learning is part of the backstory for why, back in 2017, we started planning an exhibition of Asawa’s works. You can read more about the exhibition on the museum’s webpages:

About the lecturers:

Emily Pringle / Tate in London

Dr. Emily Pringle is the head of Learning Practice and Research at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. She is also the author of the book Rethinking Research in the Art Museum (Routledge). Having initially trained as an artist, Pringle was hired by the Tate in 2010 as the director of learning and practical research. During her directorship, she has focused particularly on the role of artists in museum learning-and-engagement programmes and on creative learning.

Lizzie Crump / Cultural Learning Alliance
Elizabeth Crump is the co-director of the UK Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA), a collective group working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture in their lives. CLA champions a right to arts and culture for every child by advocating for equality of access, demonstrating the importance of cultural learning, and uniting youth and cultural sectors. The CLA includes a range of organisations working across the cultural and education sectors, including teachers, schools, non-departmental public bodies, philanthropists, cultural and arts partners, creative industry leaders, and education specialists. It has more than 3,000 organisational members and 6,000 individual members.

Mari Rege / University of Stavanger, UiS
Mari Rege is a professor of economics at the University of Stavanger (UiS). She does research on children’s and young people’s development and motivation to learn. She is especially interested in how various factors in childhood can be important for how a child succeeds in his or her educational path, also later on in working life, and what society can do to give all children good possibilities to succeed. Rege has led several large research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway. Her research has been published in several leading international journals for the fields of economics, psychology and human resources.

Elaine Munthe / UiS, and Astrid Guldbrandsen / UiS

Elaine Munthe is a professor of pedagogy at the Centre for Learning Environment, UiS. In addition to leading a follow-up group for Norwegian grade school-teacher education reforms, she does research on teacher qualification and on how lesson study can contribute to strengthening profession knowledge in teacher training and basic grade school education.

Astrid Guldbrandsen is an associate professor at the Knowledge Centre for Education (KSU), UiS. Part of KSU’s mandate is to carry out research syntheses for the whole education sector in Norway, from early childhood through higher education. Ongoing projects which Guldbrandsen is involved in concern mapping research on kindergartens in the Nordic countries, and a project about the significance of art in schools. Guldbrandsen’s educational background is in biology and biomedicine at the University of Bergen. In her PhD project, she worked partly with database development and syntheses of research on multiple sclerosis.

Per Normann Andersen / Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, HINN
Per Normann Andersen is a professor of special needs education at the Department of Psychology, HINN. He does research on the importance of the brain’s executive functions for learning, emotional functioning, and quality of life. He is also involved in the project Art of Learning (Kunsten å lære), which deals with how art and cultural activities as an integrated part of the school’s curriculum can promote children’s executive functions.

The conference has received financial support from Stavanger Municipality.