Artists, identity, place: implications for higher education

Daniel, Ryan (2019) Artists, identity, place: implications for higher education. Asia-Pacific Journal for Art Education, 18 (2). pp. 37-66.

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Artists face particular challenges when forming a professional identity. This is due to the fact that they often have to maintain multiple identities across arts and non-arts working environments. In addition, artists are required to manage social stereotypes when determining a sense of identity, for example, the perception of the bohemian living and working on the fringe. Other social factors appear to have a significant influence, such as the artist-audience relationship and the effects of critical feedback on an artist’s work. In order to explore these issues, interviews were held with twelve undergraduate artists and twelve artists practising in industry in Australia (24 in total). The data reveal that the formation of an identity for artists is influenced by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic elements, the latter influenced by social factors such as public perception and feedback. The findings also reveal that higher education is an important time for artists to develop and transition towards the formation of a professional identity or identities. Further, there is evidence to suggest that this area of soft-skill development should become an integral part of the higher education curriculum and students’ learning.

Item ID: 57201
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1683-6995
Keywords: artists, identity, higher education, society
Copyright Information: Copyright © The Education University of Hong Kong. This article is freely available from the publisher's website.
Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 00:58
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 50%
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