The politics of art/Art of politics

Author Toni Morrison said, "All good art is political! There is none that isn't". Perhaps this is why the arts and artists throughout history have been positioned as dangerous, troubling and on the margin. Art works can ask questions of us, challenge assumptions and name the un-nameable. Art works challenge hegemonies and the status quo – they trouble politics. So what happens when arts meets politics when it comes to the entitlement for young Australians to an arts-rich education? How do we navigate the tricky waters of the political ebb and flow to champion the agenda for arts education in contemporary classrooms so that our young people can be cultural navigators, cultural auteurs and culture makers? 

Dr Sandra Gattenhof is Associate Professor and Head of Drama in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. She is co-convenor of the Queensland University of Technology research group in Art, Design and Creative Education and co-program leader of the Children and Youth Cultures strand within the Queensland University of Technology Research Centre Children and Youth Research Centre (CYRC). Sandra specialises in drama/arts in schools & communities, postdramatic theatre, arts & cultural evaluation and contemporary performance for children and young people. She has been a Drama Australia President and Board member in the role of Director of Arts Education and Industry Partnerships as well as Vice President of International Drama/Theatre in Education Association (IDEA). She is Drama Australia's representative on National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE). Sandra has been honoured with Drama Queensland Life Member Award for Longstanding Contribution to the Drama Community (2012), QUT Creative Industries Faculty Dean's Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation (2011) and two Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award (in recognition of a significant and superior contribution to the work of the University) in 2007 and 2014.


Monday 30 March, 5.30-7pm

Frank Tate Room
Level 9, 100 Leicester St
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne

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