Ivan Illich on community cohesion and alternate modes of knowledge production

“People need not only to obtain things, they need above all the freedom to make things among which they can live, to give shape to them according to their own tastes, and to put them to use in caring for and about others [1]." In 1973, Ivan Illich, a Catholic priest and Professor at Penn…

Thinking with your hands: A visit to the Tinkering Studio in San Francisco, USA.

"Instead of just saying: “Go ahead make anything you can imagine”, we are trying to carefully choreograph moments where you enter into a situation and  find something of interest to start with. It is not “whatever” you want to build with our light play setup. We are asking: “What do you notice?” “What are you…

Early Years Fab Lab at The Bay Area Discovery Museum, California

"People need 'tools' that empower them to work independently, they need these tools and technology to make the most of the energy and imagination each has... society needs to project individual skills and voices, people need to move, to think and have the means to communicate with one another. People cannot make everything for themselves,…

Creativity, Multiculturalism & Pedagogical Flexibility: A Conversation with Atelierista Lorna Rose

We live in a world of great cultural, social and political diversity. Recent politically-motivated attacks have been one of many complex contributed towards increasing concern, fear and distrust between members of our community. Yet the central pillar of a democratic society lies in a nation's ability to value the richness of diversity and to allow its citizens to…

Review: Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art for Kids at QAGOMA, Australia

In this post Simone Kling gives her top picks from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art's Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art for Kids (November 21, 2015 - April 10, 2016).  Simone is an artist and gallery educator who has worked in the learning departments at the Denver Art Museum (USA), The Ipswich Art Gallery (Australia) and the Queensland…

Interdisciplinary Work & Creative Innovation

I recently started a LinkedIn profile. It asked me to enter my job description. My brain then embarked on an existential journey of personal and professional identity. This post explores the joys and challenges of working in an interdisciplinary field and the potential it brings for creative innovation.  I, like most professionals working in the arts,…

The Ipswich Art Gallery, Australia

This post features a case study of the children's exhibition programme at the Ipswich Art Gallery in Queensland, Australia.  From 2011-2015 I worked as a children's curator at the Ipswich Art Gallery in Queensland, Australia. The Ipswich Art Gallery is a special place for children's creative learning with a well established and renowned children's exhibition…