Welcome address by the
co-chair of the European Regional Council of the InSEA
Welcome speech by the Co-Chair of the European Regional Council of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA); Principal Lecturer in Education (Creative Arts), Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
The welcome address by Peter Gregory:
I'm very proud to be associated with the conference as art educators need to work together today perhaps more than ever. Our students (whatever their ages) are those who will affect the changes for tomorrow's society and our cooperation now will inspire and engage them in the challenges ahead.
I'm very grateful to the organisers – especially Petra and Jana for being courageous, thinking bigger than the circumstances seemed to allow and putting the conference together in such a short time scale.
Finally, I would like to wish all the contributors and participants well: I'm sure we are all going to benefit from it! Looking forward to seeing you in the coming days.
Short Bio about Dr Peter Gregory
Peter teaches across several art education programmes at CCCU and is also Programme Director for the BA (Hons) Arts in Education degree which started in 2019. He also supervises students at both masters and doctoral level and examines at other universities. Originally trained in ceramics before becoming a teacher, he taught in primary, secondary and special schools across the South East England before entering Higher Education (at the University of Greenwich and then CCCU). He's been involved in visual art education through different organisations – previously as President of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD), Co-Chair of the European Regional Council of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), and as a member of two Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs). He is part of the editorial team for the International Journal for Art and Design Education (iJADE) and works with a wide range of arts and cultural organisations (including Arts Council England, Bridging organisations and Ofsted). His research interests lie in the processes of learning in and through the arts, arts leadership (which formed the basis of his doctoral study) and ensuring children and young people have access to a broad and rich arts-education.
Thank you for your partnership!
Canterbury Christ Church University
For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ Church University has been a big part of the Kent community, providing education which makes a real and positive difference to people’s lives. Canterbury Christ Church University started out as a teacher training college in the 1960s in response to a national shortage of teachers. Today we continue to shape our courses and research around critical social issues both nationally and globally. Inspired by our Church of England foundation, the University’s mission is to pursue excellence in higher education: transforming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future.