Shaping the future conference...with our members and supporters

Following on from our 29 June Conference 'Art, Craft and Design is...Shaping the Future' we wish to thank our beautiful host venue, The Hepworth Wakefield, our committed and amazing members and executive boards, our president, presenters, supporting organisations and our newest patron, Keith Brymer Jones. We cannot thank you all enough for making our national conference this year so special.

Throughout the weekend we were reminded about our shared values and aims: NSEAD is a learned society and our conference was packed full of learning and learners; we’re a professional subject association, and our subject was both celebrated and debated; and we are trade union, the importance and need to protect the interests of our members and our subject was, throughout the conference, always in view.

The conference conversations and debates will continue, they must, and to help us in this endeavour, we have shared (with members) Dr Rachel Payne's amazing president’s address and notes from the gender and inclusion panel. We want to keep all three strands of our work live and invite anyone present at the conference, and anyone interested in our work, to contact NSEAD with comments, feedback and ideas. Please email us at

We are organising a special conference issue newsletter (ebulletin) later this month. This will be a round up of conference perspectives, presentations and workshops.

Thank you again to everyone who attended, to our hosts and to all our presenters and workshop facilitators too. Your incredible commitment and your expertise allows us to champion and represent our subject – locally and nationally – to interrogate and define best practice, and essentially look after professional interests of all those who engage with art, craft and design.

To read and download Rachel Payne's presidential address, NSEAD members can login to the website and visit our Occasional Papers and Films section.

Follow the Conference conversation by using the hashtag on both Twitter and Instagram #nsead19

The distinctiveness of Art & Design and D&T – ensuring schools provide for high-quality provision in both

Since the introduction of a slimmed down art and design national curriculum in 2014, NSEAD has provided resources to help our members make explicit the requirements of a broad and balanced art, craft and design curriculum. Our much used parallel curriculum and assessment and progression materials (hyperlink here) are two examples. However, the consequences of government policies in education, to include funding cuts and school performance measures, have resulted in some members indicating that their schools have attempted to merge, art & design with D&T. In 2016 at The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education, we first reported on the implications of such mergers.
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NSEAD Elections 2019. Take an active part in influencing the work of your Society

Call for Nominations for members of Council and members of NSEAD Forum
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The NSEAD campaign against inequalities in initial teacher bursaries and misrepresentation of our subject

Since October 2018 NSEAD’s special interest group for Initial Teacher Education has written to both Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education and Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools. We have written and campaigned regarding the misrepresentation of our subject and the discrimination of art and design trainee teachers who do not receive a bursary.
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Exhibition celebrates Liverpool City Region’s best young artists

dot-art Schools inter-school art competition is already a well-established fixture in the academic calendar for many Liverpool City Region schools as it is now in its seventh year. Due to its success and a partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, a parallel programme was also launched in 2017 for Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington schools. Since its inception almost 7000 students from 398 schools have taken part.
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