Virtual Symposium 2021 – About

There’s an elephant* in the early childhood visual arts room: A virtual symposium to confront the big issues.


21st – 27th Feb 2021

In 2021, our conference is going virtual! Explore below.

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* metaphorical idiom for an important or enormous topic, problem that is obvious but no one mentions or wants to discuss because it makes some uncomfortable or is personally, socially, or politically embarrassing, controversial, inflammatory, or dangerous.


About this symposium

We invite all those who are passional about the visual arts in early childhood to discuss our theories, practices and problems. We hope everyone can have a voice. We have organised sessions to be as interactive as we can through Q and As, forums, interviews, panels, circles and debates. Art workshops will be ‘hands on’. We will have virtual ‘seats in the sun’ for networking, coffee shops to hang out in, a music room for jamming and a gallery to display our workshop art.

We have identified six key areas with issues that we feel worth discussing in more depth and have invited academics, artists and practitioners to kick start the issues. Each session will pose questions for us to think about, talk about and have ways for us to respond if we want to.

   Theory: Present more contemporary, compatible frameworks.

   Pedagogy: Practitioners will demonstrate and discuss effective pedagogy for the arts.

   Curriculum: Discuss how we can put the arts at the centre of the curriculum.

   Culture: Celebrate cultural diversity.

   Research: Is it addressing the gaps?

   Artists: Engage with artists and art museums.