Ethos of Ambiguity: Artist Teachers and the Transparency Exclusion Paradox

Matthews, Miranda. 2019. 'Ethos of Ambiguity: Artist Teachers and the Transparency Exclusion Paradox'. In: iJade Conference 2019.Creating Spaces: Inclusivity, ethics and participation in art and design education. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 22-23 February 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The current insistence on transparency in education emerges through policy that audits performativity, in a limiting skills bank. Practitioners in Art and Design are particularly affected by what I term ‘the transparency-exclusion paradox’, as they battle to maintain the subject area and are ‘othered’ by the EBacc and Progress 8. I will discuss an emergent ‘ethos of ambiguity’ among artist-teachers and contemporary artists, with a theoretical basis informed by Beauvoir and Foucault. Empirical data from research participants will be evidenced, to explore strategies of response in inclusive social practice.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


ambiguity, art and design education, social practice, transparency

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Educational Studies


23 February 2019Completed

Event Location:

Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

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22-23 February 2019

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24 Apr 2019 09:30

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13 Jan 2020 09:39


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