I’ve been invited to be the inaugural artist in residence at the IATEFL Conference in Brighton in April 2018. It’s an exciting opportunity to explore three areas of interest. First is multimodal literacy, where we consider images, how we learn to read them and how we produce them as one of many languages we learn. Secondly as an artist and language lover, how the importance of play in learning, helps us. Creatief process has it’s essence in play and I think there is a lot to learn from it. Thirdly, the role of the teaching artist or teaching artistry, where workshop and teaching forms a part of the artists’ creative practice.
One day before the conference, a lot of special interest groups gather for talks, workshops and seminars. I’ll be running a workshop specifically for the Global Issues Special Interest Group (GISIG). A lot of other activities and workshops will be taking place during this day long pre-conference event looking at the theme of Social Justice. The day is also being facilitated by the Visual Arts Circle, a community of practice that I am involved in, as it cross through the disciplines of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Visual Arts and Communication.
“The Visual Arts Circle is a community of practice founded by writer, editor, trainer and video producer, Anna Whitcher, and teacher, trainer, award-winning writer and international conference speaker, Kieran Donaghy, made up of language teaching professionals, teachers, teacher trainers, writers, editors, researchers, designers, illustrators, artists, photographers, and filmmakers, all with a shared belief in the value of visual arts – drawing, painting, sculpture, design, crafts, photography, video, and filmmaking – in language education.”
Each morning (Tuesday 10-13 April, 2018), you’ll see me down the back of the plenary speaker room at the Hilton in Brighton, listening to the plenary presentation and taking visual notes. I’ve been given the challenge to respond visually to the content of the plenaries.