In and out of the silver cube: photography education and the Arts Council too

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Title In and out of the silver cube: photography education and the Arts Council too
Published in Engage Journal Revisited
Published by Engage, The National Association for Gallery Education
Publication date November 2018

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Juliette Buss in response to Helen James ‘In and Out of the Silver Cube: Photography Education and the Arts Council too’ in Engage 14: The Photographic (Winter 2004):

This publication covers themes still discussed in photography education today, such as photography’s accessibility and ‘flexibility’, participatory practice, authorship issues, documentary styles, and where/how we encounter photography. 

Re-reading it I was particularly struck by Helen James’ article on photography organisations and their education provision. James, who once had my role at Photoworks, compares approaches, noting subtle but fundamental differences in skills based activity, professional development, image analysis, social change programmes. She identified an interesting shift from photography as a subject towards its use as a tool for wider learning, and raised significant questions on the need for specialist educators.

I have a particular interest in the role education programmes play in shaping organisational identity. The article is 14 years old, but still just as relevant


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