Decolonizing Arts Education: A Research Manual

“‘Decolonizing Art Education’ is a curriculum staff and development project jointly initiated by the Nagenda International Academy of Art & Design (NIAAD) and the Institute for Art Education at the Zurich University of the Arts.

During the first workshop, which took place in January 2015, participants explored the state of art and design education in Uganda today, and considered the position of NIAAD as an art and design school within the context of the visual art and design scene in Uganda, and in relation to what is going on elsewhere on the African continent and internationally. Between February and June 2015, the participating researchers conducted an in-depth study of the visual art and design scene in and around Kampala so as better to understand NIAAD’s place and position, and also the challenges and opportunities currently present.

Based on this research, during the second workshop, which took place in July 2015, the participating researchers worked together to identify and to agree upon the areas and issues that it would be most helpful for them as a group to research over the coming months in support of the project’s long-term aims. The workshop facilitators (Rangoato Hlasane and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa) also worked extensively with the participants on research methodologies.

This guide is the result of the work that was done by the participants, together with us as facilitators during the workshop that took place in July 2015. The aim of the workshop was to identify topics for further research during the next phase of our project and devise a set of research plans. The work that we did together was carefully documented using photographs, notes, and audio recordings.

With the help of Christian Nyampeta (who was the initial designer of this guide) and Carmen Moersch (who was the co-facilitator of the first project workshop in January 2015) we have synthesized the findings to produce what we hope is both a useful record of what we have so far achieved collectively as well a usable guide for the participants to the next phase of this project.”

Please find the Research Manual here.

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