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The COVID-19 lockdown has highlighted the importance of the arts in providing social cohesion and wellbeing. From videos of socially distanced singing on balconies to painted NHS rainbows in windows, we have seen the value of creative pursuits for all ages. However, the pandemic has also posed a threat to the arts, with the closure of creative hubs such as schools, and the economic crisis faced by the creative industries.

This webinar will consist of presentations which had been originally scheduled for the BERA 2020 Annual Conference.

We look forward to sharing this quality arts education research during this unique time, when the arts faces unprecedented challenges, and yet its importance has never been so clear. We would like to invite all presenters and attendees to consider how arts education provision can continue in social distancing, remote and blended learning environments, and how arts education research can respond to these changes. We hope to conclude the webinar with a discussion of this issue from our presenters and attendees.


Adam Hart, Dr

University of Salford

Adam Hart is 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. His PhD...

Laura Louise Nicklin, Dr

Doctoral Researcher at University of York

Dr Laura Nicklin is an Early Career Researcher from the Psychology Department, in the faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, at the University of Wolverhampton. She completed her PhD February 2020,  investigating Shakespeare Focussed...

Carol Wild

MA Programme Lead at University of Warwick

Carol has worked across all phases of education as an artist, teacher, mentor, and researcher. She has led postgraduate programmes in education for many years, designing creative CPD for busy teachers and supporting individuals and groups in...

Sophie Ward, Dr

Associate Professor at Durham University

Dr Sophie Ward is an Associate Professor of Education. She joined the School of Education in 2011 after completing a BA, MA and PhD in Education at Durham University. Sophie’s research interests include neoliberalism and education; creativity;...

Aigul Rakisheva

Research assistant at Kazakhstan Educational Research Association

Master of Science in Educational Leadership. She has almost five years of experience as a teacher and content manager in Kazakhstani universities. Currently, she works as a Research assistant at KERA (Kazakhstan Educational Research Association),...

Lindsay Ibbotson

Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University

First Thing Music – Project Lead,  a randomised control trial, funded in 2018/19 by the Education Endowment Foundation and the Royal Society for the Arts, that investigated the impact of daily musical activities on the development outcomes of...