Latest NUL exhibition: The Living Line – thinking through drawing
From 10 to 29 September 2015 the National and University Library in Zagreb will be hosting a special programme entitled The Living Line: thinking through drawing, consisting of an exhibition featuring children’s drawings and an international conference on contemporary education. The programme will be taking place in the lobby of the Library and it has been co-organised by the Zagreb-based Steiner Waldorf Institute and the Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency.
Apart from featuring aesthetically valuable content, the exhibition will also include textual material highlighting the role of spontaneous, directed and geometric drawing in the development of thinking and integral psychological development of children. The purpose of the exhibition and the subsequent conference is to raise awareness among both the wider public and professional circles of the existing need for the introduction of more arts-oriented subjects and activities into standard education.
The author of the exhibition is David Brierley, who also initiated the establishment of the Steiner Waldorf kindergarten in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the Waldorf schools in both Ljubljana and Zagreb. In recent years Brierley has been included in a research programme focusing on the role of arts in education, carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Drawings made by children attending these Steiner Waldorf institutions which will be displayed at this exhibition serve as a valuable contribution to a public debate that has long been going on in Europe’s educational circles on the necessity for stimulating and encouraging artistic expression in educational programmes.
The Living Line – thinking through drawing exhibition will open on 10 September and its accompanying conference will be held on 25 September 2015.