engage 38: Visual Literacy
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engage 38: Visual Literacy
Editor: Barbara Dougan
Published by engage, London
Glenna Barlow is Manager of Engagement at Columbia Museum of Art. She has a Master’s of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington, as well as a Master’s of Art in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is certified to teach elementary students and has years of experience teaching children of all ages, and in various museums and classroom settings throughout the Eastern U.S. She is responsible for developing and managing all programmes that engage families and young children at the Columbia Museum of Art.
Miranda Baxter is a museum and gallery educator who previously managed and programmed education provision at Dulwich Picture Gallery and the National Gallery, London. She gained an MA in the History of Art from University College London in 2013 and an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education from the Institute of Education in 2009. Her research interests include the intersections of technology and representation; the body, photography and theories of knowledge; and the history and theory of education in museums.
Emma Carroll has worked at Manchester Art Galley for 11 years and manages programmes in art and design, creative writing and historical enquiry for 3-19 year olds and through teacher training. Using artworks to generate creative writing outcomes has been a long held interest and area of work.
Claire Collison is an artist, writer and freelance educator. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London. Claire teaches creative writing at the Mary Ward Centre, London, and designs bespoke out-andabout writing and image making safaris – Writing the City – writingbloomsbury.wordpress.com. She has taught visual literacy for The Photographers’ Gallery, and was one of the first recipients of the Max Reinhardt Literacy Award at Kettle’s Yard.
Claire Gunningham is a primary school teacher, arts specialist and Master of Arts in Education student at Exeter University. Currently working at St Martin’s Church of England Nursery and Primary School in Devon, her practice is shaped by her previous career as a gallery educator and animation workshop leader. Her current research is interested in the benefits to children of using sketchbooks as spaces for experimentation, play and self-discovery.
Gill started her career in an adult learning role at the National Gallery in London. Following roles at Glasgow Museums and The Fitzwilliam Museum she was the MLA Museums Fellow on the Clore Leadership programme between 2009 and 2011. During that time she conducted research on visual art interpretation and completed a secondment with Modern Art Oxford. Gill returned to the National Gallery in 2011 as Head of Adult Learning Programmes and became Head of Education in 2014. Gill is an experienced teacher and creative programmer, committed to creating life-long and life-wide learning experiences that meet the needs of a broad range of audiences.
Sophia Kyprianou is a freelance curator-educator, and the former Social Media Manager and Youth Engagement Coordinator for 1215.today.
Lynn McGrane is a Visual Arts Educator and Visual Thinking Strategies Facilitator.
Sam practices within performance, both as a performer and someone who designs performance within gallery spaces with a strong conceptual and research element. Their interests lie in experimenting with the body in relation to the built environment. Their work will often examine movement, perception and architecture. Sam Metz has trained in physical theatre and has a Masters in Architecture and Critical Theory from The University of Nottingham. Recent commissions include participatory performance at the National centre for Craft and Design (2016), participatory performance for InDialogue Conference (upcoming 2016), participatory workshops within contemporary art at Nottingham Contemporary (2016) and conceptual visualisations of movement for York St John’s University (2015). Sam was previously an Associate Artist at Nottingham Contemporary and now works as an artist, educator and researcher in museums and galleries within the East Midlands. They are part of the artist collective Guerrilla Art Lab, a Nottingham- based live art and performance collective.
Kate Noble has worked as gallery educator for 15 years with families, schools, teachers and trainee teachers. Her primary research interest is in the development of visual literacy in young children and she has led a number of studies on behalf of the University of Cambridge Museums, which include an evaluation of the Thresholds poets in residence project, The Big Draw on Tour project and an exploration of the use of digital technologies in school. Kate currently works as Education Officer at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and Education Researcher at the National Gallery, London.
Janelle Redlaczyk is the Head of Public Programs at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Janelle has worked in the museum education field for over 20 years. She has a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of North Dakota and a MA.Ed. in Museum Education from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Ernst Wagner has a PhD in art history from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He is now employed at the academy, where his responsibilities include teacher training, and as the UNESCO-Chair in Arts and Culture in Education at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (as researcher and executive coordinator). He is an adjunct professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has been chairing the European Network for Visual Literacy (ENViL) since 2013.
Kathryn trained in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University, and completed her Masters: Education in Galleries and Museums at Institute of Education, London University in the late 1990s. She has worked in gallery education most of her career and was Manchester/Salford Area Coordinator for Creative Partnerships, the Labour Government’s flagship schools and cultural learning partnership programme. As well as working in the cultural sector, Kathryn has been Widening Participation Manager for the School of Arts and New Media, University of Hull and qualified as a Primary school teacher in 2012. Kathryn is currently Formal Learning Coordinator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.