Welcome to the website of Susan M. Coles, Artist & Arts, Creativity & Educational Consultant.

Busy with lots of projects....

If I have a major new focus, then it will be my role within InSEA,The International Society for Education through Art. I am delighted to be one of the three World Councillors who represent Europe and have already volunteered to get involved in the social media and networking side of the organisation and to help to write a Manifesto for the Society, which represents the world as it is now. With Council members being spread over the world, we will conduct most of our discussions by Skype and email. It does make you think how on earth they managed before these were available! Typewriters, letters and snail mail no doubt.

Very pleased to be invited to attend InSEA Conferences/Comgresses this year in Cairo, Helsinki and Thessaloniki. In fact the summer term will be hectic- there’s also the annual NSEAD Conference to attend in Oxford and I have to dash from there to be part of a panel at an event the Royal Academy are running for teachers.

I have also joined AccessArt as a Trustee and intend to be both an ambassador and a champion for this wonderful centre of excellence for art education.

And as a Co-Director of the CIC group, Monkfish Productions in Newcastle, I hope to support them as they move into a new era and location and challenges, creative and otherwise.

I will continue my work as Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, and Design in Education, on behalf of NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art and Design) This also gives me a role on NSEAD Council and I hope to also use that presence to involve NSEAD more with the global work of InSEA. Part of this work is working with other arts and/or education APPGs in a larger group which we call Drawn Together. There is so much common ground that we need to explore and support each other with. We have had two big Drawn Together sessions so far and hoefully will plan another one for the summer.

Needless to say, the work with NEATEN (North East Art Teacher Educator Network) continues and supported by an excellent steering group, we celebrated our tenth birthday with several events, including an exhibition of photos at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
This included an annual Big Draw CPD session, a public Big Draw event, a Sketchbook Circle residential, an exhibition of photographs of those active in the network which started with our tenth birthday party (27th October).

I’ve also presented some keynote speeches, one down at the Cambridge Arts Marketplace in September, and two at the Liverpool Art Teacher event in October. I also spoke at the OCR Creative Forum – also in Cambridge. I have been a part of the STEAMCo #ARTCONNECTS event in London (see blog) and was proud to be part of this.

I am planning courses for Keynote Education, for NSEAD, and with my colleague Paul Carney for this new academic year. I will also be in Leeds again, with Leeds Artforms. Exploring primary assessment and some skills progression. Details of the course are here:
Alsosuccessfully delivered was my successful primary art co-ordinator course, in Norwich in November.

I have been invited to be part of the Art History Residential again this year, in the summer, at the Univeristy of Leeds. Also, back to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for our third Arts Council Collection Teacher day. I will also do the keynote speech in Leeds for the Annual High School Art Teacher Conference.

Will return to Norwich too in the summer term, this time to run a primary course on sketchbooks.

We also have a brand new primary art network starting in the north east. *PATERN*- Primary-Art-Teacher-Educator-Regional-Network (how clever is that?) This is very exciting and based on the same model as NEATEN is- and I hope it will have the same impact in supporting teachers. And- a regional primary Art Conference in June, at the Customs House in South Shields, watch this space for news as it appears.



1661 days ago

hope to make the West Yorkshire course (travel and headteacher permitting.)

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