CONSTRUCT: A young curators project working in collaboration with the public art collections of the Northern Ireland Office, Stormont, and the Office of Public Works, Dublin.

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Abstract

During the academic year 2014/15 a multi-disciplinary group of eleven undergraduate studentsfrom Belfast School of Art worked with the Northern Ireland Office, Belfast and the Office ofPublic Works, Dublin to select artworks from their respective public art collections for a groupshow which would tour to four venues throughout the island of Ireland from September 2015-January 2016. The students had complete control of the shows theme, selection of artworks,catalogue design and its content. They worked with the curators and staff in each of the twogovernmentʼs departments to understand more thoroughly the role of public art collections andgain a richer understanding of contemporary curatorial practices. A key component of the projectwas the studentsʼ examination of the role of the artist within society.The project was designed to encourage and support the students to become active agents intheir learning experience. The changing higher education landscape has seen the evolutionof learning and teaching activities, where the learning spaces created for students need notbe bound by physical or time constraints. How spaces are shaped, re-shaped, used and reusedcan be transformative to learning. Technological advancements have made possiblehybrid models of interactive learning; promoting access, collaboration, sustainability andglobal awareness. While student engagement with public bodies is nothing new within highereducation, this project aimed to innovate a new approach to the delivery of writing andcritical analysis skills, in a format that was inclusive and equitable for all learners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherEngage
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2015
EventEngage International Summer School. Artists and Education: the distinctive role of artists in arts education and participatory practice - Ulster University, Belfast Campus
Duration: 12 Sep 2015 → …
http://www.engage.org/SummerSchool2015.aspx

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ConferenceEngage International Summer School. Artists and Education: the distinctive role of artists in arts education and participatory practice
Period12/09/15 → …
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Keywords

  • curating
  • student experience
  • government bodies

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