Working the field: visual arts graduates in the current context

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACUADS 2016 Adaptation
EditorsCharles Robb, Courtney Pedersen, Rachael Haynes
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools Conference 2016: Adaptation ACUADS 2016 - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 29 Sep 201630 Sep 2016


ConferenceAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools Conference 2016
Abbreviated titleACUADS 2016
OtherArt and design schools across Australia navigate a range of cultural and economic forces. The pedagogical and research agendas of the University environment, along with concomitant financial and administrative constraints, create one set of pressures. External industry structures and commercial aims create provide another. As art and design schools adapt to, and define themselves against, these environmental conditions, a pressure that often runs against the studio’s spirit of enquiry and value as a pedagogical space may be produced. In the context of these complex forces, what is the morphology of the contemporary art and design school?

The 2016 ACUADS Conference considered adaptation of various qualities and extents, as entities, processes and approaches that are conditional, grafted, contoured, nested or composite. Papers were invited from academics, art teachers and postgraduate students on topics relating to adaptation, interconnection, hybridity, survival, symbiosis and habitat as they affect the practice and pedagogy of contemporary art and design. Papers and roundtable proposals addressed topics including, but not limited to:

Survival practices: considering art, design and the anthropocene
Arranged marriages: amalgamations and mergers
Praxical models: connecting theory, practice and exegesis
Critical studio models: the contemporary art market and the academy
Methodologies: hybrid processes in the studio, lab and workshop
Disciplined and undisciplined approaches: connecting practices, fields, methodologies and audiences
Common spaces: teaching and practice
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WEBB, J. (2016). Working the field: visual arts graduates in the current context. In C. Robb, C. Pedersen, & R. Haynes (Eds.), ACUADS 2016 Adaptation (pp. 1-9). Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools.