Making and Relational Creativity : An Exploration of Relationships that Arise through Creative Practices in Informal Making Spaces book cover
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Making and Relational Creativity
An Exploration of Relationships that Arise through Creative Practices in Informal Making Spaces

ISBN 9780367524838
Published December 29, 2020 by Routledge
166 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Making and Relational Creativity explores the developing relationships that arise between art teachers and students through creative practices outside of the secondary school arts curriculum. The author offers a powerful account of both her own and student experiences, exposing the complexities and problematic nature of creative practices emerging outside of the curriculum framework.

The book specifically explores relationships that develop in informal making spaces and argues for the significance of democratic creativity within art education. Examining the processes of making and the narratives arising within the A/R/Tography Collective, the lived experiences of both students and educator are revealed, providing a unique insight into their lives. The book explores the impact such spaces have on teachers’ professional relationships with students together with the impact on student relationships and urges educators to inhabit a more holistic role and tailor their pedagogy to meet the needs of students. In addition, the research also aims to address the implications of informal making spaces for the school curriculum in England.

This book will be of great interest for postgraduate students, researchers, and academics in the field of arts education, democratic learning, teacher education, cultural and organisational studies.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Jeff Adams


1 Research Design and Methodology


Research Design: Becoming A/R/Tography


Case Study

Narrative Enquiry


Visual Research Methodologies

Data Collection Tools

Themes Arising from the Data

2 Theoretical Landscape

Framework Structure

Democracy and Freedom: Theories of creativity in democratic education

Spaces of Resistance and Change: Emerging critical practices in informal making spaces

The Art of Communication

Cultural Identity and Holistic Teaching

3 Introduction to A/R/Tographers





Tim and Evan

4 The Life Cycle of A/R/Tography


Who Is In Charge Anyway?

Making the Invisible Visible

Tate Exchange

Why can’t they just leave us alone?


5 A Search for Understanding

Democracy and Freedom in Art Education

Spaces of Resistance and Change outside of the school curriculum in England

The Art of Communication: Exploring relationships arising through creative practices

Cultural Identity: Pedagogical approaches of the holistic teacher

Conclusion: Creative Acts, Collective Empowerment


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Lindsey Helen Bennett leads arts provision at Chester International School in the North West of England. She completed her doctoral research at the University of Chester in 2019 and she is interested in incorporating contemporary art practices into art and design education.