In January 2016, I presented a joint paper at the IAFOR International Conference on Education, in Hawaii with Aisha Richards from University of the Arts London.
The conference theme: 'Education and Social Justice' provided the perfect opportunity for us to share our joint programme focused around curriclum diversification and inclusive teaching practice at arts higher education institutions.
Our presentation was a case study of a consultancy project that involved evaluating handbooks, briefs and teaching resources for an arts course and producing a report that included a set of recomendations. We approached the tasks conceptually and theoretically through pedagogies of social justice and cultural democracy.
Aisha has lectured in art and design at Central St Martins College of Art & Design for almost two decades and is the founder and director of Shades of Noir, a comprehensive programme to enhance race equality in arts education and the creative industries. She is also an HEA Associate in inclusive teaching practice in arts education.
As a firm advocate and practitioner of social justice pedagogy, for the past few years I have been developing a critical teaching practice based on the fusion of cultural democracy and social justice pedagogy. We are both alumni of University of the Arts London.
Feature Image: Deborah Gabriel and Aisha Richards at a Shades of Noir event in 2012