Association for Arts and Design Education

Aims to make a positive contribution to art and design education

The Association for Arts and Design Education was formed in the autumn of 1986 to provide a professional organisation for teachers, lecturers and others concerned with the development of art and design education in Northern Ireland. The AADE subsequently aims to make a positive contribution to art and deign education, promoting public and governmental awareness and professional development. It has a local area structure with representatives in approximately 12 geographical locations throughout Northern Ireland.

The membership currently comprises present and past teachers and lecturers in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of education, but mainly in the secondary category. The association is therefore anxious to expand its numbers in primary schools and among students and newly qualified entrants to the profession. This is especially important at a time when there have been many radical changes in the field of art and design education. AADE can provide the active professional organisation to establish the forums for discussion and exchange of views, which teachers now require to assist them in their work.

The association has already been involved in keeping its members informed of curriculum developments through regular articles in the Belfast NewsLetter, and organisation of specialist courses, conferences and exhibitions. It has also been active in making written responses to various government agencies prior to legislation, and in providing access to low cost visual resources with the AADE Prints for Schools project. With new and sometimes untried reforms still being introduced in education, there is an obvious need for a strong professional organisation such as AADE by all those directly concerned in the programme of implementation.

In addition, the Association for Arts and Design Education organises annual exhibitions and awards for organisations and individuals within Northern Ireland’s education system.

AADE Annual Award for GCSE
Each year moderators from Northern Ireland Council for Curriculum, Education and Assessment in Art and Design select work that is worthy for exhibition—either course work or externally set assignment—and judge a nationwide winner.

On Monday, November 1, this year, Joanne Smyth of Down High and Emma McFarline of Glengormley High were awarded with the prizes for the most promising GCSE student and most promising A level student respectively. Joanne’s exam piece of an imaginary ceramic landscape and Emma’s journey of a fish’s life in wire and textiles are just two of the pieces on display at the Waterfront Hall throughout the month of November as part of CCEA’s True Colours exhibition.

Twenty-first Art and Design Teachers’ Exhibition
With almost 100 works on display, the 21st Teachers’ Exhibition was supported by 45 exhibitors this year and ran from June 11 to 22, 2004, at the Sullivan Building, Holywood. With donations and the proceeds of picture sale commissions going to charity, a sizeable cheque has now been handed over to the AADE’s chosen charity, the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

James McCord Bursary
The James McCord Bursary will be launched in early November at Holy Trinity Primary School, Cookstown, and is aimed at the primary sector this year. Last year’s winner was Jenny Clarke of Ligoniel Nursery, Belfast, who brought Andrew Livingstone over to create a ceramic panel to celebrate 50 years of the nursery.

For further information on the Association of Arts and Design Education, please log on to the Association website.