Welcome to the website of Susan M. Coles, Artist & Arts, Creativity & Educational Consultant.

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A quick summary of the year so far (or part of it)…..

If I have a major new focus, then it is my role within InSEA,The International Society for Education through Art. I am delighted to be one of the three World Councillors who represent Europe and have already volunteered to get involved in the social media and networking side of the organisation and to help to write a Manifesto for the Society, which represents the world as it is now. With Council members being spread over the world, we will conduct most of our discussions by Skype and email. It does make you think how on earth they managed before these were available! Typewriters, letters and snail mail no doubt.
Updates from this are here- the 2018 InSEA Manifesto was agreed and written with suggestions from many people and created in a graphic format (English) and also translated in many languages (with more to come) so please feel free to share this with your contacts, friends, colleagues, and students. Here is the link

InSEA has been such a good experience for me, and in the summer of 2019, I went to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where I was welcomed onto the new Council for 2019 to 2021, having been re-elected in November 2018.
Soaking up other cultures has also been fascinating, as is the renewal of friendships and the making of new connections. The World Congress in Vancouver was a splendid event, busy but hugely inspiring.

The NSEAD Conference in Wakefield (June 29)was really busy and interesting with a focus on the now and the future.

I have also loved being a part of AccessArt as a Trustee and intend to continue to be both an ambassador and a champion for this wonderful organisation which promotes and showcases excellence for art education.

And as a Co-Director of the CIC group, Monkfish Productions in Newcastle, I hope to support them as they move into a new era and location and challenges, creative and otherwise.

I will continue my work as Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, and Design in Education, on behalf of NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art and Design) This also gives me a role on NSEAD Council and I hope to also use that presence to involve NSEAD more with the global work of InSEA. Part of this work is working with other arts and/or education APPGs in a larger group which we call Drawn Together. There is so much common ground that we need to explore and support each other with. We have had two big Drawn Together sessions so far and hopefully will plan another one for the new parliamentary year. Read the Gomersal Primary School blog about their visit to speak at an APPG because it’s a joy to read.

Needless to say, the work with NEATEN (North East Art Teacher Educator Network) continues and supported by an excellent steering group, we will celebrate our 12th birthday as 2019 draws to an end.

I’ve also presented some keynote speeches, been guest judge and speaker at the 2019 Liverpool dotart schools event. I was keynote speaker at the Plymouth Art Teacher day in October 2018, and I had a lovely time there too and it was so good to meet people who feel out on a limb geographically.

I was invited to be part of the PLAN-PREPARE-PROVIDE Art History Residential again this year, but it clahed with the InSEA World Congress and so I was able to contibute to the planning and also say hello by video conferencing.

We had our FOURTH Arts Council Collection Day in April- which I facilitated and tickets were sold out quickly. This year the focus was on INCLUSIVITY, which I based my two sessions around, and we also had great creative workshop opportunities run by artists and teachers. Once again, a great group of teachers and trainee teachers made the day special and unique. It rained all day but we didn’t let that spoil a thing. This is always a highlight of my whole year.

We also have a new primary art network thriving in the north east. *PATERN*- Primary-Art-Teacher-Educator-Regional-Network (how clever is that?) This is very exciting and based on the same model as NEATEN is- and I hope it will have the same impact in supporting teachers.

Paul Carney and I ran a national primary Art Conference in the summer term, hosted by the TTS company. Another sell out event, with great sessions by ourselves, Helen Ackroyd, Sheila from AccessArt and Cherly Stanley.

NEATEN and our super annual Big Draw event, October 26th 201,9 at the Durham Sixth Form Centre.

and of course more- watch this space as things develop!



2164 days ago

hope to make the West Yorkshire course (travel and headteacher permitting.)


486 days ago

You put some of us to shame with all this work! Keep up the good work. Love following your art adventures via Twitter.

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