We are excited and a little apprehensive. This is our first CPD adventure and we've been working hard to ensure that folks get value for money. Here's how the two days are shaping up:
The Tate Exchange theme this year is production. What is produced in a photography classroom? What is seen and unseen? Who are the workers, what materials do they use and who profits from their labour? To what extent are photography classrooms spaces of agency and empowerment? In an age of measurement, how can photography teachers re-connect with a sense of purpose and provide a good education, in all senses of the word?
We are delighted to be working with amazing professionals from the world of photography. Marysa Dowling, Dafna Talmor and Elliott Wilcox are all practising photographers who are also gifted communicators. Ali Eisa and Katie Reynolds work in the education departments of pioneering public galleries and are passionate about photography education. We are also delighted that Simon Baker from Tate will be joining us on Monday morning to welcome participants to Tate Exchange. We are very grateful for the fantastic support of these individuals and the Tate Exchange team. It is a real privilege to be working in such an amazing building and alongside so much great photography on display.
Our view, of course, is that photography is a core subject, deserving of a central place in any school curriculum. Not only is it utterly inter-disciplinary - including aspects of maths, philosophy, physics, chemistry, sociology, languages, visual, media and performing arts, geography, history etc. - but it addresses one of the core competencies of our age: visual literacy. Moreover, students of photography study ethics, consider semiotics, explore mental health issues, debate social justice and monitor their own personal growth. We are all photographers now and yet how many of us realise that photography has changed everything?
Two days isn't long to put the world to rights. But we're going to do our best and hope to emerge with some fresh ideas, renewed vigour, a few photos and a smile on our faces.
Watch this space!