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CREATE (Creativity Research in Education AT Exeter) Research Group Seminar with Malcolm Ross

Malcolm Ross will be presenting a seminar entitled Art's Work

Malcolm will be up-dating the Exeter CREATE group on his model of creativity in the arts, first developed in his book Cultivating the Arts in Education and Therapy (Routledge, 2011). Since he began researching arts education in the 1960s Malcolm has concentrated on developing a theoretical pedagogy based on practice: his own and that of teachers of the creative arts in schools and colleges. His Syncretic Model brings together two traditions of creativity: one western and the other Chinese. His latest thinking sharpens the focus on the creative work of the artist, including the child as artist. The work art does takes place in the realm of knowing rather than understanding, of revelation rather than demonstration, of disclosure rather than origination. Creativity becomes a feature of the transcendent dimension of Being.

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Malcolm is an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University. He retired from full time teaching and research at Exeter in 1997, since when he has broadened the scope of his interests to include arts therapies (The European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education) and cultural animation (University of Katowice, Poland).  Whilst at Exeter Malcolm founded the MEd Creative Arts programme and the University's Arts Education Summer School. In 1996 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


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