2016 Conference


Creative Pedagogies across Disciplines 

Traditionally, the GLAD conference has offered an opportunity for the art, design and media community to share ideas and learn about innovative teaching and learning practices. With an increasing national debate on the meaning of excellence in teaching and learning and the introduction of the ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ later this academic year, the 2016 GLAD conference will be looking out beyond the boundaries of art and design education in higher education. We will be inviting along new voices to enrich the debate and promote creative exchange.

Date:     Friday 26th February 2016

Venue:  MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

Time:    One-Day Event starting at 10.00 and finishing at 4.30pm.


Keynote address by Dr Claire MacDonald


‘What’s at Stake: going beyond our disciplinary boundaries’


Interdisciplinary collaboration in arts education has been an integral part of pedagogy since the mid-1960s, and its effect on the wider culture has been profound. Whilst the history is long, what we mean by interdisciplinary collaboration — its vision, methods and means — changes in each generation. This talk will consider what is at stake for us now, in the turbulent global context we currently experience, when we consider the nature and impact of interdisciplinary collaboration. We will hear about unlikely partnerships and long-term exchanges, and look at the who, where and how of new kinds of conversations and projects.

Dr. Claire MacDonald is a writer, educator and cultural leader with thirty years experience in the arts and university sectors. She holds a PHD in Critical and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, has led arts programmes in the UK and USA and consulted on arts and pedagogy in European arts education programmes. She was a founding editor of the journal Performance Research, and has written widely on artistic practice and pedagogy, feminist arts practice and collaboration. Recent publications include ‘All Together Now: Performance and Collaboration’, in D. Hedddon and J. Klein Histories and Practices of Live Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Utopia: Three Plays for a Postdramatic Theatre (Intellect 2015). She is currently convenor of the MA Performance Making at Goldsmiths College University of London, and from April 2016 will be a Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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