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Children and Families Research Centre

Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen

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Emailbronwen.wadeleeuwen@mq.edu.au
Phone : 0422 211 645
Office room number : F7B-233

 

Introduction

Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen was born in Sydney. Education: Diploma, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, B. Ed (ART) from COFA; Gd. Dip. (Adult Ed.) from UTS; MA (Environmental Design) from Canberra University, PhD from School of Education, Macquarie University.  Bronwen presented several 'creativity' workshops around the world particularly, in conjunction with Art In Society International Conferences (2009, 2010, 2012 & 2014). She presented at several international and national conferences and has ten peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters and one book 2016. In 2016, she will present papers and workshops in Vancouver and at University of California, Los Angles. Bronwen's PhD research (2010-2015) is in Visual and Creative Arts Education, School of Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney. 

Bronwen will be launching her new book in Vancouver and LA in July 2016. Click here to see the cover of her new book.  

 

Research Interests

Bronwen's research projects focuses on the relationship between teacher education programs and developing critical and creative skills in pre-service primary Arts teachers. She is currently a Research Fellow in Science and Education where she is evaluating the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP).  Her research was on the retention and aspirations towards higher education of Indigenous youth. Forming socio-cultural partnerships with diverse cultural communities of practice (CoP) and educational institutions is a major goal.  Current creative partnerships include Australia, Korea, Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan and bilingual education between Australia and China. 

Community Outreach

Academic Advisor: The Australian Fujian Association,
Academic Advisor: Innovative Learning Centre, National Institute of Chinese Education (NICE)
Co-Founder & Director of STEAM Education Australia (www.steamau.com)
Former President/Director: Workshop Art Centre: Teaching & Learning.
Director, Moku Expressionist Australia.
Assistant to the Curatorial Team: Macquarie University Art Gallery.
Completed Chinese Beginners Language Course 2009.

Awarded during Candidature
Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF), 2012.
IER New Institute for Educational Research Grant, 2011.
Willoughby Council Community Artist Grant -Indigenous Artists Past & Present, 2010-2011.
Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (APA), 2010-2014.
Faculty of Arts Higher Degree Research Training Support Grant, 2009.

Professional Memberships
International Network on Practicum Research and Development
American Education Research Association (AERA) from 2010.
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) from 2010.
Art Gallery of NSW, The Domain, Sydney from 1986.
Associate of Macquarie University's Museum Studies from 2011.
InSea International Society for Education through Art in Partnership with UNESCO. from 2014.
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore from 1977-
Siao Tao Seal Carving Society, Singapore from 1975.
Visual Arts and Design Education Association, (VADEA) from 2014
Workshop Arts Centre (WAC), Sydney from 1986-
World Education Research Association (WERA) from 2014.

Teaching overview
Macquarie University, Unit Coordinator, Lecturer  and Tutor in Creative Arts Programs
Tutor in Teacher Education- Educational Psychology and Contemporary Issues in Education from 2011-2015.
Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Computing Department, Faculty of Science, Macquarie University 2007-2008.
Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University, 2009-2010.
Head of Visual Arts Education (Foundation-12), William Clarke College, NSW, Australia from 2003-2007.
Secondary High School Art Teacher, NSW Department of Education & Communities from 1986-2015.
Secondary High School Art Teacher, ACT Government Education &Training Department from 1999-2003.
Primary Classroom Teacher, South Australian Education Department from
Art and Design Educator, TAFE South Australia from
Graphic Design & Illustration Educator, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), 1995-1999.
Primary Classroom Teacher, British International School, Singapore 1975-1980.
Early Childhood Educator, graduating from Karitane Mothercraft Nurse, 1980.

Arts Education in Community-based programs
Macquarie Evening College- Contemporary Chinese Brush painting and drawing, from2010-2012.
Sydney Community College, Roselle Branch 2011-2015.
Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby, Watercolour (Mo-ku Ink Splash) Painting Classes 1986-2015.

Research Fieldwork
Australian Korean Symposium and workshops, 2016. 
Chinese Calligraphy & Painting - Sydney Community College 2011 - 2016.
Mo-ku Expressionists Artists; and Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby 2011 - 2016
Hunters Hill Art Exhibition 1985 - 2016
Australian Chinese Painting Association 2013 and 2014.
Chios Island, Greece, Fresco Murals in Greek Orthodox Churches 2014.
Shanghai Early Childhood Research Exchange Program, 2013.
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, 2010 and 2015.
TATE Modern & Liverpool, UK. Related Art Exhibitions, 2012.
Senior Curator: Bwo-Me Exhibition: Aboriginal Artists past and present, held at Workshop Art Centre, 2011.
Assets School for Dyslexic children, Hawaii, July 2010.
China Mainland and Taiwan- conducted research in calligraphy and oracle bone stroke study, 2009.
Reggio Emilia School, Italy, 2009.

Related Art Exhibitions:
Australian Chinese Painting Association; Hunters Hill Art Exhibition; Mo-ku Expressionists Artists; Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby (During 2011-15).
Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Exhibition sponsored by Herbei Province held at Chatswood Chinese Cultural Centre (13-15 October, 2011).
Curator of the Bwo-Me Exhibition: Aboriginal Artists past and present, held at Workshop Art Centre, 2011.

Web links:
Children and Families Research Centre
Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby, Sydney

 

Publications

Books (published)

Hulsbosch, M., FitzGerald, P., Guihot, A., Randall, I., Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2008). Cambridge Senior Visual Arts Stage 6. Cambridge University Press.

Books (unpublished)

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2015). Fostering Creativity in Pre-Service Teachers. PhD unpublished thesis, Macquarie University, Sydney. 

Van Leeuwen, B. (2000). The Influence of Chinese Calligraphy on Australian Painting. Unpublished Masters thesis, Canberra University, ACT.

Journal Articles

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2013). Boundary Breaking: Intercultural 'Hands-On' Creative Arts Workshops. Joint AARE-APERA International Conference, Sydney 2012.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2011). Fostering 'Creativity' in Pre-Service Teachers at Museums & Art Galleries. Museums Australia (NSW) online publications. http://museumsaustralia.org.au/userfiles/branch2/file/NSW/v20no1.pdf

Peer -reviewed Journal Articles 

Wade-Leeuwen, B, Harrison, N., Fleet, A.& Rice, A. (2016). Moku-chi Approach: The Role of Intercultural Studio-based Workshops for Pre-service Art Teachers. Champaign: Common Ground Publishing.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2015). Generating creativity: Provocations in Visual Arts education. Visual Art and Education. International Journal of the Arts Education10(2).

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2014). Out of the Shadows: Interacting and responding to the creative experience in pre-service teacher education. Proceedings in the Joint AARE-NZARE International Conference 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2013). Global creativity: intercultural 'hands-on' workshops for pre-service primary art teachers. EKSIG2013 conference, Loughborough University, UK.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2013). The Bwo-Me (Life's Breath) Creativity Workshop: Visual Art and Education. International Journal of the Arts Education, 7 (7), Champaign: Common Ground. p.68-79.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2013). Boundary Breaking: Intercultural 'Hands-On' Creative Arts Workshops. Joint AARE-APERA International Conference, Sydney 2012.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2012). The Power of Primary Art Teachers: Modeling aesthetic creative action in the children they teach. Paper presented on 20 August at the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference 2012. Darling Harbour: Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2011). Fire, Ink and Play: Developing 'Creativity' for Lifelong Learning. International Journal of the Arts In Society, Vol.5, No.5. Champaign: Common Ground, p.203-215.

Wade-Leeuwen, B.  (2011). Fostering 'Creativity' in Pre-Service Teachers at Museums & Art Galleries. Museums Australia (NSW) online publications.

Wade-Leeuwen, B., & Harrison, N. (2011). A cry from the heart with their own voices: Visual arts creativity workshops. Paper presented at the World Education Research Association (WERA). Focal Meeting as part of the TERA International Conference on Education (TICE). Taiwan., Kaohsiung: Taiwan.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2010). Heart Print: Chinese Rock Art Frescoes (Xin Yin): Crossing Boarders. International Journal of the Arts In Society, Vol.4, No.4. Champaign: Common Ground Publishing, p.179-185.

Other public output

Pearson, E. (2011),.Smell it, touch it, feel it, ...then splash that ink. Alive, North Shore Times. 

Pearson, E. (2011, June 17). Aboriginal Art show has breath of life. Alive, North Shore Times, p.43.

Davis, R., & Simpson, A (2011). Arboreal: A Macquarie University exhibition. Macquarie University Art Gallery. Sydney: Lighthouse Press.

 

Presentations

International Conferences

Wade-Leeuwen, B, Harrison, N., Fleet, A.& Rice, A. (2015, July). Moku-chi Approach: The Role of Intercultural Studio-based Workshops for Pre-service Art Teachers. Proceedings of the tenth International Conference on the Arts In Society and the Arts in Society knowledge community, London University, UK.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2015, July). The Reformer's Brush: Intercultural creative and arts-based inquiry approaches to teacher education. Proceeding of Insea conference: Risks And Opportunities For Visual Arts Education In Europe, Lisbon, Portugal 7-9 July 2015.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2014, November). Intercultural Arts-based Research Inquiry: First marks of the reformers brush. Proceedings of the Summit presented at the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE), held at Mt. Gravatt Campus, Griffith University, Brisbane.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2014, June). Generating 'creativity': Provocations through visual arts education: A major goal of twenty-first century arts education. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on the Arts In Society, Rome, Italy.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2013, July). Global creativity: intercultural 'hands-on' workshops for pre-service primary art teachers. Proceedings of the Conference EKSIG2013: Knowing Inside Out-Experiential Knowledge, Expertise and Connoisseurship. Loughborough University, UK.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2012, July).The Bwo-Me (Life's Breath) Creativity Workshop. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Arts In Society held at the Art and Design Academy. John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.

Wade-Leeuwen, B., & Harrison, N. (2011, December).A cry from the heart with their own voices: Visual arts creativity workshops. Paper presented at the Taiwan Education Research Association International Conference on Education (TICE) and World Education Research Association (WERA). Focal Meeting held at the National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung: Taiwan.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2010, July). Fire, Ink and Play Workshop: Developing 'Creativity' for Livelong Learning. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on the Arts In Society. University of Sydney, Australia.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2009, July).'The Heart Print' (Xin-yin) Crossing Borders. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Arts in Society held in Venice, Italy.

Australian Conferences and presentations

Spence, N, Saltmarsh, D and Wade-Leeuwen, B (2015, September), Creating knowledge in creating a digital artefact. Learning and Teaching Week Symposium. Held on 14-17 September 2015. Macquarie University, Australia.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2014, November). Into the darkness: Fostering 'creativity' in Creative Arts programs. Paper presented at the Faculty of Human Sciences Higher Degree Research, The Future of Educational Research Conference held at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B.  (2013, November). Unlocking 'creativity': Provocations in arts education. Paper presented at the Faculty of Human Sciences Higher Degree Research, The Future of Educational Research Conference held at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2013, May). Unlocking 'creativity': challenges in implementing art teacher education in museums and art galleries. Paper presented at How museums work: people, industry and nation. Museums Australia National Conference, National Convention Centre, Canberra.

Wade-Leeuwen, B.  (2012, December). New dimensions: Creativity learning in pre-service primary art teachers.  Paper presented at School of Education Higher Degree Research Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2012, June 12).'Bwo-Me (Life's Breath) Aboriginal Artists recreate their Past': Exploring cross-cultural ways of knowing through Visual Arts. Paper presented at the colloquia held by the Children family Research Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2012, June).  The Art of the Gifted and Talented. Paper presented at the Archdiocesan Creative Arts Adviser K-6 Day held at St Margaret Mary's Catholic Primary School, Randwick North, Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2012, July).'Bwo-Me (Life's Breath) Aboriginal Artists recreate their Past': Exploring cross-cultural ways of knowing through Visual Arts. Public Talk held at the Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby Australia.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2012, December). Breaking boundaries: cross-cultural stimuli in 'hands-on' workshops. Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Education Research Association (AARE-APERA) Conference, University of Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2012, October). How to Fostering Creativity in the Gifted/Dyslexic Child. Paper presented at The NSW Institute for Educational Research (IER) post-graduate student conference. University of Notre Dame Australia: Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2012, August). The Power of Primary Art Teachers: Modelling aesthetic creative action in the children they teach. Paper presented at the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference 2012. Darling Harbour: Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2011, July). Fostering 'Creativity' in Preservice Primary Art Teachers. Poster presented at the Teachers' Guild of New South Wales, held at Trinity Grammar School, Sydney.
Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2011, April). Fostering 'Creativity' in Pre-Service Teachers at Museums and Art Galleries. Paper presented at Place, Space and Identity. New Directions for NSW Museums: A Museums Australia (NSW) Symposium held at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2010, September). Fostering Creativity in Pre-Service Teachers in Creative Arts Programs. Poster presented at Children and Childhoods Symposium held at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2010, November). What did you learn from the children? Paper presented at the Faculty of Human Sciences Higher Degree Research Showcase held at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2009, July). 'Heart Print' Fresco Rock Art Exhibition. Public Talk, celebrating NAIDOC Week held at the Ewart Gallery, Workshop Art Centre, Sydney.