Arts education programmes have been subject to multiple budget and infrastructural challenges across the world for the past few decades. This has been largely attributed to the indelible effect of market forces placing pressure on governments and educational institutions to prioritise subjects which deemed to have empirical industry-wide impact, while underestimating economic and social spillover effects emerging from arts education. Due to this, arts and creative subjects have been generally perceived as being inherently less essential to the evolution of contemporary society.

To address this debate, Arts Council Malta’s webinar will bring together international experts working in the sphere of arts education and critical pedagogy to discuss how the contemporary neoliberal rhetoric has impacted the legitimacy of arts and humanities subjects across all levels of education and how the rationale behind the argument of employability with regards to arts-based subjects is affecting the arts education infrastructure, and furthermore question the validity of assumptions that are taken for granted in curriculum development.


Lisbet Skregelid

Lisbet Skregelid holds a PhD in art education and works as a researcher and associate professor at the University of Agder (UiA), Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of visual arts and drama, in Kristiansand, Norway. Skregelid leads the research group Arts and Young People at UiA. In both teaching and research, she is exploring how artists and art educators can create productive arenas for dissensus. She suggests theoretical perspectives and educational practice that approach art education as a place for taking risks and a place for encountering resistance. Thereby she is calling for what she terms a Pedagogy of Dissensus, which means an educational approach using the characteristics of art as a point of departure.

Kate Farley

Kate Farley, Associate Professor of Design at Norwich University of the Arts combines a design practice with the academic role of Course Leader of both BA Fashion and BA Textile Design, since 2018, and has held academic posts for over twenty years. She has been awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her sustained impact in Higher Education. Her book, Repeat Printed Pattern for Interiors, will be published by Bloomsbury in early 2023.

Kate’s practice-based research explores the notion of pattern communication as narrative through printed design structures. This combines Kate’s interest in traditional pattern making, cultural heritage and contemporary design opportunities. With clients such as Transport for London, David Mellor Design, Barbican Centre London, Birmingham International Airport and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Birmingham, Kate has fulfilled commissions for bespoke pattern, designing for retail products, large-scale exterior surface design projects and public spaces. Kate has launched three collections under her own brand since 2012 featuring giftware and interior products with a focus on British manufacturing. Kate’s work is held in collections including Tate, British Library, Yale Centre for British Art and London Transport Museum. 


Nadine M. Kalin

Professor Nadine M. Kalin playfully engages with ideas and other collaborators at the University of North Texas. She acts as principal editor for the International Journal of Education through Art and is author of the book The Neoliberalization of Creativity Education: Democratizing, Destructing and Decreating Creativity published by Palgrave.  

Michael Flack

Michael has worked in both education and the film and television industry, including programmes that have been shown on the BBC Digital Arts Platform, Channel 5 and Eurosport. Some projects have also seen him work in Italy and France.

Away from Television, Michael has produced short films that have been screened at the Krakow Film Festival and the Cannes Court Métrage. His final project before transferring to the teaching profession was the £1 million NDACA project, which involved archiving the history of the UK Digital Arts Movement. 

Michael is now currently Head of Film & Media at DLD College London in Westminster and enjoys teaching his students about the value of the industry within society, not just within the UK, but the world today. 


Join us on Thursday 7th July at 6pm CET, on Zoom. Register here.

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