Published 12.02.2015
by Kids’ Own

Submission Guidelines

Arts-in-Education Portal: Call for Expressions of Interest


Before you send us your submission, check that your project or partnership meets the following criteria

  • Your project took place in 2014, is taking place now, or is about to begin;
  • Your project involves a school – primary or post-primary – working in collaboration with a professional artist(s);
  • The artist was fully vetted;
  • The project was developed with safeguarding policies and procedures in place;
  • The project was underpinned by a strong ethos of arts-in-education practice*;
  • Parental consent has been granted for all images that you wish to share with us;
  • We need you to supply visual evidence of the collaboration in practice – through high quality images (up to 5), video or audio;
  • Our preference is for submissions that are made by artists and teachers jointly.


*Strong models of arts and education practice have core principles of good communication, professional practice, strong aesthetic, sound procedures and cross-sectoral respect and understanding. The Arts in Education portal should mirror these principles – delivering content that draws people to the key elements of good arts in education practice.

Guidelines for Submissions:

Please make your submission on 1-2 A4 pages (no more). Give consideration to the following questions. If you are making a joint submission, feel free to include individual responses from both artist and teacher perspectives:

*It is always a challenge to include the voice of the child in documentation & reflection. If you have ideas about how to involve the children in this process, we would love to hear them.

  • Briefly tell us the story of your project – What was it about? Who was involved? How did it get started?
  • What aspects of the project made you smile? What aspects of the project made you feel challenged?
  • What insights from the project are worth sharing? (These may seem small, but are significant to you)
  • Has anything changed as a result of the project?
  • Tell us if there is any other relevant documentation relating to the project online. If so, please include links.

Next steps:

  • The Arts in Education Portal Editor & Editorial Committee will review all submissions on 11th March and decisions will be communicated shortly after.
  • If your project is selected, Kids’ Own will work with you to develop a more in-depth project feature for publication on the Portal.


Please send your submission to:

Orla Kenny & Jo Holmwood at Kids’ Own:

[email protected]


By: Monday 2nd March 2015


Arts-in-Education Definitions

The following definitions are extracted from The Arts in Education Charter:

Arts-in-education: two strands

While much arts-in-education interaction occurs within school time, not all of it takes place on the school premises. There are two strands to arts-in-education practice: one involving interventions by the arts world into the domain of formal education, and the other involving students engaging with the arts in the public domain, usually in publicly-funded arts venues, whether local or national.

Arts-in-education: key characteristics

 Arts-in-education practice involves skilled, professional artists of all disciplines working for and with schools in the making, receiving and interpreting of a wide range of arts experiences. Arts-in-education practice can happen within or outside the school. It ranges from once-off visits, through more extended programmes, to intensive, collaborative projects.

Artists, arts organisations, pupils, teachers, and sometimes, primary carers, work together to create arts experiences that enrich the curriculum and support the core educational mission of the school. Arts-in-education practice enriches the lives of all involved, particularly in nurturing the developing the minds and imaginations of the pupils.