Arts + Education Research
Fostering the conditions for art and education to thrive through interdisciplinary research.The processes of art and education have much in common – both have the potential to inspire, critique, educate and bring about change. Our research focuses on the intersections between artistic practice and education. We ask how artists/educators foster conditions for creativity and creative learning to thrive; and how to re-imagine educational systems that enable learner agency, engagement, autonomy, critical reflection, intelligent discernment, and transformation. We explore how core elements of the creative process can be deployed to imagine and reimagine new possibilities for learning and practice in both education, community and public-sector settings, as well as society more broadly, in order to build a stronger, healthier, more equitable and sustainable society.
Research Theme Leaders
Dr Angela Clarke
Dr Angela Clarke is a tertiary teaching specialist, educational scholar and creativity advocate who provides academic leadership on research and teaching in creative disciplines at RMIT University. She has published work on creativity, fine art education, professional learning, educational leadership, change management, the relationship between motherhood and creative practice, and the philosophy of performance. She has received awards and commendations for educational practice and has managed large-scale educational projects that have been granted strategic funding at RMIT. In 2018, she was recognised as a Senior Fellow by the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom. Angela is also a practicing theatre-maker who has worked extensively within art contexts, schools, universities and community settings as a performer, director, workshop leader and group facilitator. She uses improvisation techniques and embodiment practices to explore human creativity and its interrelationship with the natural world. Her PhD Wild Life focuses on the lived experience of artistic creativity. Most recently she is one of two founding members of a social enterprise called Live Particle that provides embodied education experiences to adult learners in multiple settings
David ForrestDavid Forrest PhD is Professor of Music Education in the School of Art at RMIT University where he is the Higher Degree Research coordinator and program manager of the MA (Arts Management). He is a Fellow of the Australian Society for Music Education and an Honorary Life member of ASME. His research areas include doctoral education in the arts, curriculum and policy in education, and the Russian composer and educator Dmitri Kabalevsky.
Professor Kit Wise
Professor Kit Wise has held senior educational leadership roles since 2008, including Associate Dean Education in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University, and Director, School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania. He has engaged in an advisory capacity with creative arts schools on course design and interdisciplinarity, including LaSalle, Singapore, Massey, New Zealand and Banff, Canada. He is Deputy Chair of the Executive Council of ACUADS (Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools) and an Executive Board Member for the Deans and Directors of Creative Arts, Australia.