Winter School

Arts-based research:
How do the artistic and the educational entangle?

Taking into account the latest editions of ECER and particularly of the NW29 programmes, it has become increasingly evident the shared interest in the issues of the mobilization of artistic practices/methodologies in educational research. In itself, this concern of the entanglement of artistic procedures and educational intents is rather wide and subject to many interpretations under the generic name of arts-based research. We therefore think that by conceiving the Season School under this motto and with the inputs of mentors with quite different backgrounds, we will be able to focus on the different perspectives underlying the term ‘arts-based research’ and approach it in its complexity.

The territory of plural discussion generated is intended to bring to the forefront the intersection of arts-based activities with different educational contexts, considering the expectations associated with such activities, the effects these particular practices have within the classroom and with groups of people in educational services inside a museum/cultural institution, among other things. At the same time, the idea of art and artistic practice is to be defied and re-thought in these specific contexts and this constitutes a core issue of the arts education epistemology: is arts-based art yet? Why to use the term art to refer to practices with images, body movement and drawing activities outside of the art world?

Certain sub-topics are contained in the main subject of the season school , that is to identify, to share and to discuss possibilities of the entanglement of artistic and educational practices.

They will be introduced within the working groups to relate to students’ contributions:
1 • How does arts-based research relate to cultural institutions practices?
2 • How can the entanglement of artistic and educational methodologies rethink school practices?
3 • Rethinking social spaces of entanglement between artistic and educational practices.

Description of the working methods
(pedagogical approach) of the course

The season school is organized in a three days period with different types of sessions where the discussion is engaged with individual student’s research projects and related to the previous proposed sub-topics.

Each participant will have the opportunity to discuss and develop their own project in collaboration with other research students and experienced tutors.

The space chosen for this season school, the Candoso Creation Centre, is an old primary school building transformed into a place welcoming creators, artists and the community for the development of their projects, promoting the perfect environment for this kind of experience.

There is also an idea of cross-discipline, aiming to transform the house into a laboratory, open to experimentation and discussion proposed in these three days of immersion.

All the participants work together, sharing, thinking and doing all the sessions, even though, sessions are organized in different ways, giving space for individual and collective presentations.

All the sessions will be recorded (audio and image) for future work and data analysis.
To each sub – topics we invite different mentors aiming to open and promote a research space for collaboration and networking between them and early career educational researchers.

The conference language is English. Accommodation and meals will be provided, but participants will have to cover the cost for their travel to Guimarães. Travel bursaries are available to students from low-GDP countries. For more information please check the application form.

Guest Speakers

Dennis Atkinson

Dennis Atkinson is Professor Emeritus at Goldsmiths University of London, Department of Educational Studies and the Centre for the Arts and Learning. He is a visiting professor at the Universities of Porto, Helsinki, Gothenburg and Barcelona. He taught in secondary schools in England from 1971-1988 when he was appointed lecturer in art and design education at Goldsmiths University of London. He directed a number of programmes including, PGCE Secondary Art and Design Teacher Education, MA Education: Culture, Language and Identity and the Post Graduate Research Programme in Educational Studies. He was appointed Professor of Art in Education in 2005 and was Head of Department of Educational Studies from 2006-2009. He established the Research Centre for The Arts and Learning in the Department of Educational Studies in 2005 and was Director from 2005-2013. He was the Principal Editor of The International Journal of Art and Design Education from 2002-2009 and was a member of the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s Publications Board until 2013. He was made a Fellow of the Society in 2009.Dennis has published regularly in a number of international academic journals since 1991 including The International Journal for Art and Design Education, The International Journal of Inclusive Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, British Educational Research Journal, Journal of Curriculum Studies and Subjectivity, and has contributed chapters to a number of edited collections. He has published five books, Art in Education: Identity and Practice; Social and Critical Practice in Art Education, (with Paul Dash); Regulatory Practices in Education: A Lacanian Perspective, (with Tony Brown & Janice England,); Teaching Through Contemporary Art: A report on innovative practices in the classroom, (with Jeff Adams, Kelly Worwood, Paul Dash, Steve Herne, & Tara Page) and Art, Equality and Learning: Pedagogies Against the State. His forthcoming book entitled Art, Disobedience and Ethics: The Adventure of Pedagogy will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2017. In 2015 he was awarded The Ziegfeld Award by The United States Society for Education through Art for outstanding international contributions to art in education.

Fernando Hernández-Hernández

Full professor at the Unit of Cultural Pedagogies in the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Barcelona. Director of the Master program on "Visual Arts and Education: a constructionist perspective" and Doctoral program on "Arts and Education". Co-coordinator of the Quality Research Group ESBRINA - Cnotemporary Subjectivities, Visualities and Educational Environments (2014SGR 0632); and member of REUNI+D -University Network for Educational Research and Innovation (EDU2010-12194-E):
The research approach developed at these scenarios tries to cope with the unknown of those educational and artistic experiences which generate disruptions by escaping from researchers and supervisors' comfort zone. In this context, I consider as a space for acting, resisting and reinventing. It follows a non-normative logic, in an effort to think and construct gazing practices critically; where the ontological, epistemological and methodological frames are deeply entangled in a relational process, which allows to drawing bridges between the personal and the political, the artistic and the social, and the intimate and what we share with others. WI e are working at the border between fields, demarcating an alternative, or a resistance, to hegemonic languages, both within research and the arts.

Inês Vicente & Samuel Guimarães

Inês Vicente: Theatre Director since 1996 in cultural institutions, independent structures and community work; art educator since 1990, crossing over different fields of performing arts and performance. Theatre teacher in the theatre department of ESMAE, Porto (higher education performing arts school of Polytechnics of Porto) since 1996 on BA and MA courses; Performer, Voice Teacher and voice coach for artists. PHD Art Education Faculty of Fine Arts (2015), University of Porto; MA Voice Studies Central School of Speech and Drama (London, 2005); Further Education and BA: Theatre Studies, ESMAE (Porto, 2001 e 1996).
Main interests: Practice Based Research | the unknow as matter and possibility | non visual performing practices

Samuel Guimarães: art educator since 1993; Contemporary art and culture teacher in the theatre department of ESMAE, Porto ((higher education performing arts school of Polytechnics of Porto) since 2002 on BA and MA courses; Head of education department of Museum Douro Foundation since 2006 (I am landscape arts and education program for Douro Territory museum won the 2015 APOM-Portuguese Association for Museology) prize for best Portuguese museum education program. Former Head of education department of contemporary art Museum of Serralves Foundation, Porto (1999-2002) and as invited teacher at European Studies Institute of Macau, China (1999, 2000). As an art educator works for theatre companies, festivals, etc. Phd art education (2016) Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto; MA Art History at Humanities Faculty (FLUP) of Porto University (1998); Further Education and BA: art history at FLUP (1992).
Main interests: Questioning mediation in its ontological colonial status, its caucasian practices and discourses |independent editions (fanzines).


This Winter School has been planned and proposed by Network 29: Research on Arts Education of EERA.
The network Research on Arts Education focuses on the disciplinary discourses, politics, institutional and non-institutional practices of arts education at an international level with a special emphasis on European practices. The Network 29 aims to create an ongoing space of research seeking to create alternative narratives that are based on a reflexive and critical positioning regarding the potential of arts education in within the contexts of contemporaneity. It provides a forum for discussion and debate of current issues regarding the place and the role of arts in education considering its historical construction and field of possibilities. The network encourages papers/interventions/discussions that describe and provide theoretical frameworks for:

    1. The broad field of European policies on art education;
    2. Comparative and international studies in art education;
    3. Seeking for new narratives that take the European perspectives in confrontation with the concepts of difference and the Other;
    4. Partnerships between the school, museums, and cultural institutions;
    5. Relationships among contemporary artistic practices and their actors with the school;
    6. Research in higher arts education;
    7. Art education national curricula and their development at the micro-level of schools;
    8. Inscription of Visual Culture within Arts Education Research.

will be organized between two partners:
FBAUP – Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Oporto (The coordination of the network 29 is settled in this institutional partner), together with NEA/i2ADS.
A Oficina CIPRL, Guimarães.


FBAUP - Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Oporto

The Faculty is located on the eastern area of Porto, just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, in an old palace of the 19th century. In the 50's several buildings with architectural relevance were constructed on its garden, which were specifically planned to teach the common Fine Arts course units.

i2ADS | Research Institute in Art, Design & Society

Founded in March 2011, the i2ADS is a R&D unit that operates in the expanded areas of Art, Design and Artistic Studies in general, with a special bound to the surrounding social environment and contemporary concerns. Based in the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, it has strong connections with other R&D units and aims to stand out as an international reference in the domain of Artistic Studies. At the level of Graduate studies, especially postgraduate, the articulation between teaching and researching is also one main factor of i2ADS action.


NEA is a sub-unity of i2ADS which develops action/research in arts education, at both a national and international levels. Intensely involved with practice and action research, NEA crosses the disciplines of art, visual culture, museums of contemporary art and history of art education, in its relationship with development. The link convenor and some convenors of network 29 are members of this research group.

This partner FBAUP/i2ADS/NEA will provide:
Equipment to full documentation of the season school (audio and image recording)
Honorariums of staff allocated to the documentation process
Staff time for communication and social media services


A Oficina is a cultural institution that runs the major cultural equipments in the city of Guimarães in Portugal:


Equipped with two auditoriums, four conference rooms, an exhibition area of 1,000m2, a restaurant, café-concerto, car park and gardens.


Art Center, which houses a permanent collection, in this case the collection of José de Guimarães, temporary exhibition area, a multipurpose space for additional activities, performances and shows, in addition to a series of complementary services. Creative Labs (business support offices) for the reception and installation of activities related to creative industries, allowing the development of business projects. Workshops to Support Emerging Creativity, consisting of workspaces and creative vocation for young creators in various areas.


An anchor of Guimarães History and Culture, in a historical, social, cultural, economic and experiential perspective. Located in the old plastic factory Pátria, is a place where citizens of Guimarães share and reflect on their roots, traditions and memories.


An old primary school that was refurbished for artists in residence projects. This is where the winter school will hapen.