International arts collaboration at Tate Liverpool

Posted on 21st February 2018

Work by international artist-students, including the University of Chester, will be on display at Tate Liverpool next month.

International arts collaboration
International arts collaboration

The event, ‘From Mittens to Barbies: International Arts-Based Education Research’, which features work by students from the University’s Faculty of Education and Children’s Services, will be open from Monday, March 12 until Sunday, March 18,as part of the second year of the Tate Exchange programme. Admission is free.

The University’s Research into Education, Creativity and Arts through Practice (RECAP) Centre has worked on the presentation of work with artist-students from five partner institutions: the University of British Columbia (Canada); Concordia University (Canada); the University of Granada (Spain) and the University of Lapland (Finland).

This interactive event has emerged as part of ‘The Pedagogical Turn to Art as Research’ project, which aims to investigate Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER) through a comparative international study of doctoral programmes. The artist-students’ research methods have a wide international range: from Barbie doll installations (UK) to knitted woollen mittens (Lapland); body poetry (Spain) to indigenous identity poems and studios as portals (Canada). Each day will have a different international focus and gallery visitors are encouraged to engage practically and creatively with the themes and social issues brought into focus by the student-artists.

RECAP specialises in practice-based research into creativity, learning and the arts, in professional educational contexts through international collaborations. The Centre is located in the University’s Faculty of Education and Children’s Services, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Tate Liverpool.

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Lindsey Bennett, EdD student, University of Chester, said: "Tate Exchange provides a unique opportunity for schools to work alongside artists within a gallery setting. This collaborative project provides a space for students to come together to make, talk and create."

This initiative has been supported by generous contributions from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as part of a Partnership Development Grant.