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Trans-a/r/tography: Cultivating Sustainability Differently. Joint keynote with Anita Sinner to the 4th A/r/tography Asian Symposium, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China, Nov. 6-10. Living Artfully with A/r/tography. Joint keynote with Anita Sinner to 4th Arts, Creativity and Education [ACE] conference, Opatija, Croatia, Nov 23-24, 2023



Walking with A/r/tography: Relationality, Reciprocity, Emergence and Living Inquiry. NAEA Research Preconference [virtual], plenary. With Marzieh Mosavarzadeh, Sholeh Mahlouji, Yasaman Moussavi, Elmira Sarreshtehdari, Nicole Rallis, Ken Morimoto, and Nicole Lee. February 12, 2022.



A/r/tography: Emergent Propositions and Potentials for Research. Congress of Artistic Education [Grietas y Provocaciones in the Teaching and Learning of the Arts], InSEA and Diego Quispe Tito National University, Cusco, Peru, Keynote address November 25, 2021.


Emergence, relational creativity, and a/r/tography. Keynote for the Arts, Creativity, and Education 2nd International Congress, Zagreb, Croatia, October 18-19, 2020. The conference was postponed due to COVID-19 and given virtually.


Thoughts on A/r/tography: uma conversa sobre Pesquisa Educacional Baseada em Arte. Youtube do Mauc; #primaveramuseus2020. 14 Primavera dos museus, September 22, 2020.

Relational Creativity: Encountering Emergence. Keynote address for the 2019 Visual Arts Education Seminar and the Third Yangtze River Delta Arts Education Research Alliance Conference, Junhua Polytechnic in Zhejiang, China, May 17-19, 2019.

Democratic creativity: Encountering relational emergence. Keynote given at the 8th International WAAE Conference, Luxor, Egypt, March 27-30, 2019.

Creative Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century. Keynote given to CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts Symposium), Beijing, China. May 19, 2018.

Reflect. Apply. Provoke: How might we engage with sustainable development through the arts?  WAAE Engaging with Communities Conference.  University of Auckland, New Zealand. Co-keynote presenters/ conversationalists: Rita L. Irwin, Peter O’Connor, Brittany Harker Martin, Phil Mullen, and Nicholas Rowe. Nov. 25, 2017.

Health, well-being, and quality education: Notes on sustainable development and the arts.  WAAE  Engaging with Communities Conference.  University of Auckland, New Zealand. Co-keynote presenters:  Rita L. Irwin and Peter Gouzouasis. Nov. 22, 2017.

Needed now: Leaps in Learning Creative Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century. Creative Fellow Lecture, University of Auckland, Nov. 21, 2017.

Pedagogy and the a/r/tographic invitation. Asian A/r/tography Symposium, Hangzhou Normal University, October 6-10, 2017. Co-presenters: Rita Irwin and Valerie Triggs.

A/r/tography and its Potentials. InSEA World Congress, Daegu, South Korea. Co-presented with Alexandra Lasczik Cutcher.  August 7-11, 2017.

A/r/tography: Propositions and Potentials. Australian Association for Educational Research Theoretical Keynote and Workshop, June 18-19, 2017, Southern Cross University, Bilinga, Queensland.

A/r/tography and its Emergent Potential. Keynote address to ‘Symposíum Récít Nom@de 2 (Création et réflexion intedisciplinaires sur les récits de vogage artistiques.’ Université du Québec,  Montréal, May 26, 2017.

An Artful Inquiry in A/r/tography. Keynote address for the ‘Encounter, Authenticity, Aesthetic’ Conference at the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan, July 12, 2016.


Turning to A/r/tography: Emergence in Art Education. Keynote address for Seminário Méthodos Visual & Cultures en Imagens (Aug. 26-28), University of Brasilia, Brazil, August 28, 2015.

A/r/tography: Practice-Based Research. Keynote address for the 1st Coloquio de Practicas de Pesquisa Baseada em Arte na Educacao, UNESPAR, Curitiba, Brazil, August 17-19, 2015.


It’s About Time: Emergent Knowledge in Art Education. World Alliance for Arts Education World Summit, Griffiths University, Brisbane, Australia November 26-28, 2014.

Emergent knowledge in art education. Relate North: ASAD (Arctic Sustainability, Art and Design) conference, Diehtosiida, Sami University College, Kautokeino, Norway, November 4-7, 2014.

Precious Moments: Performing A/r/tography. Artistry, Performance, and Scholarly Inquiry. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, July 2-4. Co-presenter/performers: George Belliveau and Rita Irwin; Co-authors: Graham Lea and Janice Valdez. See: (also listed under performances)

An A/r/tographical Turn in Art Education. Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, July 15, 2014.


Art Education Incursions and Excursions as Radicant Practice. 4th World Chinese Arts Education Symposium, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts President’s Forum, Guangzhou, China Nov. 20, 2013.

Art Education Incursions and Excursions as Radicant Practice. Arts-Based Research Symposium, University of Alberta, Edmonton, October 9, 2013.

Summerhill: A Radicant Proposal.  Portuguese Arts Teachers’ Association, May 18, 2013. Porto, Portugal.


What does an art education practice set in motion do? World Alliance for Arts Education Summit and Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design, Rovaniemi, Finland, November 7-10, 2012. 

Turning to a/r/tography. KOSEA Conference, Seoul, Korea, September 22.

What does an art education practice set in motion do? InSEA European Regional Congress, Lemesos, Cyprus, June 24-28.

A/r/tography as Practice-Based Inquiry. A/r/tography Conference, Taipei, Taiwan.  April 27.

Becoming A/r/tography through Teacher Education. A/r/tography Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, April 28, 2012


Thinking ourselves into our pedagogy and art practices. IJADE Conference, Chester, UK October 5-8, 2011.  Co-presenters:  Rita Irwin and Donal O’Donoghue.

Designing Engagement: Breadth and Depth through Artistic Inquiry. Alberta Education Research Roundtable, Calgary, May 6-7.

A/r/tography: Practice-Based Inquiry. “Educators as Artists: Enhancing the Artistic-Self Conference.” Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Georgia, April 2 (delivered via Adobe Connect).


Gaitskell Speaker. Canadian Society for Education through Art and Ontario Society for Education through Art Conference, October 15-16, Toronto, Ontario

Walking to Sustain Ourselves through Arts Education. Keynote address and performance, InSEA European Regional Congress (Traces of Sustainability in Art and Education). Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, June 21-24. Co-presentors:  Rita Irwin & Carl Leggo with Valerie Triggs.


A escrita do artista/pesquisador/edcador: A/r/tgrapfia como uma das metodologias de pesquisa em arte e arte-educação. XVII Congresso da Federação de Arte Educadore4s do Brasil (promovido pela FAEB, AAESC, UDESC e UFSC na qualidade de Palestrante da Mesa), Florianópolis, Brasil, November 2-4. Co-Keynote Presenters: Rita L. Irwin, Stephanie Springgay and Kit Grauer.

Communities of A/r/tographic Practice Engaged in Cultural Practices. Keynote lecture. InSEA Research Congress, Seoul Korea, August 19-25.

The City of Richgate: A/r/tographic Cartography through Public Pedagogy. Arts-Based Educational Research Conference, Bristol, July 5-7. Community Keynote Presentation: Rita L. Irwin, Ruth Beer, Gu Xiong, Pauline Sameshima, Kathryn Ricketts. Co-authors:  Stephanie Springgay, Kit Grauer, Barbara Bickel, Valerie Triggs. See:

Studio Practice as a State of Mind:  A/r/tographic commitments as a way of being. Keynote lecture for Minds Making Knowhow Symposium, April 19, Reykjavik, Iceland.  See:


Caring for How We Perceive Curriculum/Leadership. A Keynote Lecture for the First World Curriculum Studies Conference, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, October 27-29

Making Connections with Aboriginal Peoples: Cultural Memory, Cultural Performance and Cultural Translation. A keynote presentation at the Nature and Arts Symposium, Toji Cultural Foundation, Wonju, Korea, December 8-10.

Passionate Creativity, Compassionate Community. A keynote presentation at the British Columbia Art Teachers’ Association Conference, Vancouver, February 19


* For information on earlier work, please see Rita Irwin’s full CV.

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