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Arts for All: Exploring Inclusivity in Arts Education

There are many shared themes and ideas across the fields of arts-based and inclusive research: The arts have the capacity to connect different communities, provide a means of expression, and promote wellbeing at individual and social levels. Researchers into inclusivity often draw on arts-based methods to promote engagement or capture ideas and perspectives.

In the past couple of years, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of arts in promoting wellbeing and inclusivity. However, certain issues of inclusivity within arts education have only grown worse during this period; for example, the decreased opportunities for arts education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the lost specialist support from periods of lockdown or isolation, and the difficult decisions many schools had to make with respect to arts provision. As we emerge from the pandemic and face further crises, such as cost of living, and the residual impact on mental health, how can we promote further inclusivity in, and through, arts education?



BERA Welcome


Opening remarks
Adam Hart, Jill Lloyd-Jones, Louise Arnold, Janet Hoskin


Micro Presentations  (7 minutes each)


A Picture of Me
Tracy Ann Hayes and Jane Dudman 


Fostering curiosity and inclusivity through early years creative encounters in a museum setting
Dimi Kaneva


What Role can Music Play in Integrating Multilingual Students into Education?
Simeon Bates


Practising online collaborative filmmaking for inclusivity
Hiroko Hara


Audience questions and panel discussion


Paper Presentations (15 minutes each)


Inclusive music education: What does it mean in Hong Kong?
Hoi Ying Stephanie Chan and Chi-Ying Gigi Lam 


What’s your tag? Graffiti art and curriculum injustice
Frances Howard and Pat Thomson


Audience questions and panel discussion


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Adam Hart, Dr

Lecturer at University of Salford

Adam Hart is a lecturer in music technology at the University of Salford. He has a background in secondary education and audio programming, and his research interests involve digital technology, musical communication and creative pedagogy, and...

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Jill Lloyd-Jones, Ms

Co convenor Arts based EDucationalResearch/Author/Educator/ Presenter Arts-Drama-Literacy-Social Justice at N/A

Jill Lloyd-Jones is a Drama Specialist with an M.Ed. in Arts Curriculum and has been a popular teacher and consultant for schools and universities in Canada. As a teacher practitioner, her classroom was the focus of research by British and...

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Janet Hoskin, Dr

Associate Professor at University of East London

Dr Janet Hoskin is Associate Professor of Education at the University of East London, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Her research interests include exploring the lives and experiences of disabled children and young people,...

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Louise Arnold, Miss

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood and Special Education at University of East London

Louise Arnold is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood and Special Education at the University of East London where she teaches on the MA Special Educational Needs and across the undergraduate Early Childhood programmes. Her PhD involves parents,...


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Tracy Hayes, Dr

Senior Lecturer / Programme Lead for Youth and Community Work at Plymouth Marjon University

Tracy Ann Hayes is a convenor for the Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play Special Interest Group. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize for her paper Responsive, responsible research. Tracy is Senior...

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Dimi Kaneva, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Huddersfield

Dr Dimi Kaneva is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at the School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield, UK. Dimi previously lectured in early childhood studies and has also worked on research projects...

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Simeon Bates, Mr


Simeon is an accomplished classroom practitioner and educational leader, having qualified as Secondary and P16 Music specialist. His area of expertise focuses on the seemingly dichotomous relationship (seen throughout education) between the...

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Hiroko Hara, Dr

Associate Professor at Prefectural University of Kumamoto

Hiroko Hara is Associate Professor in the Centre for General Education, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Japan. She received a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Trained as a...

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Stephanie Hoi-Ying Chan, Miss

PhD Researcher at Institute of Education, UCL

Stephanie Hoi-Ying Chan is currently a PhD candidate in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL) under the supervision of Dr Jo Saunders and Professor Graham Welch. Stephanie’s doctoral research explores...

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Frances Howard, Ms

Senior Lecturer - Youth Studies at Nottingham Trent University

Dr Frances Howard is Course Leader for BA (hons) Youth Studies at Nottingham Trent University. She has previously worked in local authorities, arts education and youth work and continues to conduct research on young people, youth work, the arts...

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