AEA President: Associate Professor Margaret Baguley
Margaret brings with her almost thirty years’ experience in arts education and has served in a number of roles for the art education community including as a secondary art teacher, primary art specialist, and tertiary educator specialising in visual arts. Margaret’s contribution to quality learning, teaching and research has been recognised through a series of awards including the former ALTC’s National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in recognition of her commitment to preparing pre-service primary and secondary teachers to engage students in quality visual art learning and teaching experiences. Margaret was one of the founding members of the Arts Education Practice and Research (AEPR) Special Interest Group and recently finished her term as Conference Chair (2014 – 2016) for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). She feels privileged to lead AEA at this time and looks forward to working with the new Executive and wider membership to continue the work of the association at both the national and international level.

AEA Vice President: Dr Abbey MacDonald

Abbey is excited to be working alongside Margaret, the wider Executive and membership to support and celebrate the work of Australian art educators. She brings experience and understanding of the challenges art educators navigate at the state level art from her leadership of the Tasmanian Art Teachers Association. Cultivating strong reciprocal connections between the national and state/territory platforms is a particular area of interest for Abbey.

AEA Secretary: Malcom Bywaters

Malcom’s interests reside within the theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. His specific educational research concerns the dialogue and cross communication of arts education and the gallery space. Malcom is a solid believer in the contemporary use of Object Based Teaching and Learning and regards these principles as essential for the progress of contemporary arts education. Whilst at the University of Tasmania Malcom has curated several exhibitions showcasing the artwork produced by Tasmanian art teachers and primary, secondary school students. In 2017 Bywaters will co-curate with Dr Abbey McDonald Entangled: Art and the Tasmanian Primary School. This exhibition aims to address a need identified within national research and by the Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA) to better support primary teachers to enact The Australian Curriculum: The Arts

AEA Treasurer: Ms Sue Pavlovich

Sue works as the Arts Learning Area Head at Horsham College, Victoria, teaching VCE Art, VCE Studio Arts, year 7 Art/Visual Communication. Curriculum development, implementation and evaluation are a passionate lifelong interest. Sue is a practising contemporary artist who investigates and interrogates relational aesthetics. She believes in the importance of the arts and so serves the Wimmera arts community by curating the Goat Gallery, Natimuk, an artist-run initiative managed by Arapiles Community Theatre.

The AEA Executive will be working in consultation with various Arts and Arts Education stakeholders to build relationships and rapport, and map out directions for the future of the association.