The Arts Education team engages with a range of organisations, both from the public and private sector, and we are committed to developing partnerships with a diverse range of organisations. Our collaborations range from small scale, in-school projects to major, mulit- partner research projects. More information about our research collaborations and partnerships can be found at Research.

Our teams has been recognised for their work in engaging with the community, locally. In 2013 Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret and Dr Robert Brown were awarded the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Engagement Award for excellence in forming a research partnership with the City of Melbourne that has significantly informed teaching. For more information about this partnership, see Researching ArtPlay and Signal.


Andrew Swainston at Albert Park College

Andrew Swainston worked at Albert Park College (APC) as Director of Music 2010-2013 and also as a Melbourne University Clinical Specialist at the college during this time and into 2014. Over this period he has supported the College in establishing connections and collaborations with groups such as ANAM and Wot Opera. See below for more information about these exciting projects:
ANAM and APC and Fraser Trainer
Da Vinci Project APC
Wot Opera Albert Park College

Child and Adult response project

This exciting collaborative project was devised by Visual Arts lecturers Marnee Watkins and Gina Grant and was undertaken by students enrolled in the arts education Breadth subject 'Printing, Collage and Social Engagement'.

The aim of the 'Child+Adult Art Response Project' was to encourage the participants to engage socially through the visual arts and to generate intercommunity conversations across time and space. The project culminated in a curated exhibition with pairs of child and adult artworks framed and displayed in the exhibition side by side, with the two artists' first names given equal prominence.

Children in Grades 3 and 4 at Abbotsford Primary School in Melbourne and Melbourne University students were invited to respond artistically to each other's artworks. The primary students were asked to imagine that whilst they were going along a secret path to their special place, they see a creature. They each drew their special place (real or imagined), their creature and the secret path that led to their special place. They then drew a map that was hidden somewhere (could be along the secret path or on the creature). One artwork from each child artist was given to a partner artist from the university, who then responded artistically, using print and/or collage.

There were great benefits for all project participants in this project. Melbourne University Students were offered time to step outside of their undergraduate intellectualisms and varied academic worlds, to engage with children's imaginative thinking, storytelling and artistry. For the child artists, they engaged in an open-ended artmaking process with support, with first hand and personalised access to sophisticated adult rendered artworks. The participating school-based art teacher welcomed new opportunities for expanding their repertoire of artmaking ideas and processes, and we, the facilitating university-based teachers, embraced the opportunity to strengthen our understanding of children, their artmaking and art thinking.

Knowledge sharing


The arts education team at Melbourne Graduate Schools hosts regular Colloquia to facilitate knowledge sharing, the exchange of best and innovative practices and the outcomes of research in arts education.


Artistry, Performance and Scholarly Inquiry (APSI)

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education invites scholars and practitioners currently engaged in performed research to a three day exploration of this evolving mode of inquiry.

Videos of APSI perfomances & presentations
Alice Hoy is Not a Building Performance
The First Time Performance directed by Michelle Ludecke
Evoking Anti-Colonialism: Critical Arts-Based Research with Undocumented Americans presented by Carl Bagley
Performance as Research/ Performing Research: Framing the Field 1995–2915 presented by Alison Richards
Today We're Alive Performance directed by Linden Wilkinson
Plenary Session

InSEA 2014 Conference

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education are proud supporters of the the InSEA 34th World Congress to be held 7 - 11 July, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. This triennial congress will explore and examine the theme: Diversity through Art – Change, Continuity, Context.

Members of the Arts Education team will be chairing sessions and presenting the following  at the congress:
Extending the dialogue: Tracking a generalist primary teacher's shift in practice over a year long art-based intervention process
Dr Marnee Watkins and Gina Grant

Mens' places and spaces considered through art and art making
Associate Professor Donal O'Donaghue and Dr Wesley Imms

To do or not to do? Trends in longitudinal data concerning new Visual Art teachers' art making, including impact on production, quality of teaching, and employment retention
Dr Wesley Imms and Purnima Ruanglertbutr

Children's Graphic-Visual-Embodied Narratives: The role of the Interlocutor in Surfacing and Enriching Meaning Making
Professor Susan Wright

Finding Collective Perspectives of (Quality) within Pre-service Art Education in Victoria, Australia
Professor Susan Wright

Metaphor, Meaning, Movement: Embodied Experience through the Arts
Professor Susan Wright

Portrait of the Artist who Works with Children
Robert Brown