The Grow Room


What is the role of art and art education in the 21st Century in learning to make a social difference? What are the intersectional points of encounter between art, arts education and the arts in education? How can these intersectional spaces form new constellations of creative knowledge and meaning-making to engage and empower citizens in the 21st Century in the Anthropocene era? This paper sets out to explore the ways in which these areas overlap and seeks to identify how innovative thinking is ignited and learning to be resilient is fostered through socially engaged art practices. The nature of socially engaged art projects can create complex spaces for “actualization and potentiality” creating a space to disrupt the homogeny of mainstream educational systems that de-activate creativity and stifle innovative thinking. The Grow Room project sets out to open a space for speculation, resilience, and emergence. The project is physically based around the carcass construction of a green house structure. The grow room is located within a small disused courtyard within the art studios, in an academic university setting and operates as a temporary autonomous zone. Participants (students, artists and children) are invited to explore notions of “growing” (ideas, seeds, food, friendships, collaborative partnerships, communities of practice, creative initiatives, etc) and “room” (space, private, public, political, imaginary and real) in an open-ended context with the potential of collective, autonomous and/or open-ended exploratory inquiry.


Learning, Art, Difference


2019 Special Focus: "Learning to Make a Social Difference"


Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


  • Tanya De Paor
    • Lecturer, Department of Arts and Physical Education, MIC, University of Limerick., Ireland Ireland