University of Melbourne

The UNITWIN/Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education sits under the umbrella of studioFive in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.  Established in 2006, it is part of a region-wide network of Observatories stemming from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Action Plan. In March, 2017, the network of Observatories joined the UNESCO Paris International Network for Arts Education Research for Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development (UNITWIN).
The Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education focuses on research, cultural diversity and sustainable development through the arts. Members of the Observatory currently include academic staff within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Arts Education group, who teach, research, publish and collaborate with the community in arts-based and arts-led endeavours. The Observatory hosts an events program, international exchange programs, internships and work-integrated learning in, through and across arts education. The Observatory also publishes  The Journal of Artistic and Creative Education and is affiliated with the e-journal of Multidisciplinary Arts.

The University of Melbourne was stablished in 1853 and is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement.

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Neryl Jeanneret, PhD
Associate Professor, Music Education
Leader, Artistic and Creative Education
Co-Director, UNESCO Observatory for the Arts
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Kathryn Coleman, PhD
Associate Professor in Visual Arts and Design Education
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret is the Leader of the Artistic and Creative Education cognate group and Music Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Her research focusses on engagement in classroom and non-school settings, teacher education in the arts, artists working with children and young people, and Creative Education as a general capability. She has held leadership positions in peak music education organisations, including President of the Australian Society for Music Education and Chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Policy Commission. She has a background in curriculum policy design for music, having served as an adviser to the NSW Department of Education, the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW, the DET, Victoria and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Her most recent work in policy development was the Quality Framework for Music Education for Victorian schools. She is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Music Education, a recipient of the MGSE 2013 Engagement Award and currently the co-director of the Melbourne UNESCO Arts Education Observatory. And she is also the speaker and coordinator of the UNESCO UNITWIN: Arts Education Research for Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development. Kathryn Coleman, PhD is the Committee Member (Communications) for Art Education Australia. She is Associate Professor in Visual Arts & Design Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and University of Melbourne, and Petascale Campus Academic Convenor.

Associate Professor Coleman is interested in the intersection of art, digital spaces, practice, and culture and data. Her research into practice includes teacher practices, creative practices, practices of identity, knowledge as practice and digital practices.

Kate is a neurodivergent, feminist, artist, researcher and teacher. Her praxis includes taking aspects of her theoretical and practical work as a/r/tographer to consider how artists, artist-teachers and artist-students use site to create place in digital and physical practice.