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Gallery Director Presents Paper at International Conference

On 1 March 2006, Nancy Barnard, the director of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands presented a paper, “Post-colonisation and Art Education: Standards, Aesthetics and the Place of the Art Museum” at an international conference in Viseu, Portugal.

The International InSEA Congress, “Interdisciplinary Dialogues in Arts Education”, was held 1-5 March. It preceded another major art conference, so most InSEA attendees also attended the UNESCO World Conference on Art Education, held 6-9 March in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ms Barnard was accompanied to both conferences by the National Gallery’s Education & Outreach Officer Kushana Gentles.

What follows is an abstract of Ms Barnard’s paper. The paper itself is available in PDF format. For more information read the PDF guidelines.

Post-colonisation and art education: standards, aesthetics and the place of the art museum

The goal of my presentation is to demonstrate the extent to which the socio-political background and art museum provision in former colonized countries worldwide have an effect upon each other, with particular focus spent on how being formerly colonized has affected visual art education, production, display and exchange as viewed specifically through the framework of the art museum.

This presentation will explore to which degree the polemic is related to the former colonized status and also what other factors may have played an additional role. The far-reaching control of the United States and globalisation as well as educational, aesthetic and standards differences between former colony and colonized will also be examined.

This presentation will make recommendations toward solutions for the areas of concern within the visual arts and museology by examining the mainly qualitative research; including questionnaires and a focus group of arts administrators, artists, and the audience involved with various international art museums