Fall/automne 2003

Mapping Histories of Art Education In New South Wales

Chris Peers
Secondary school teacher; recently completed doctoral studies at the University of New South Wales
Published October 1, 2003
How to Cite
Peers, Chris. 2003. “Mapping Histories of Art Education In New South Wales”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 15 (2), 299-326. https://doi.org/10.32316/hse/rhe.v15i2.457.


This article examines the historical discourse relating to the field of art education in New South Wales from the nineteenth through to the late twentieth century. While discussing antecedent historiography relating to the history of art education in Australia, it argues that the tasks associated with that history are incomplete. By focusing on the system of art education in New South Wales, the paper refers to the differences between specific state-based systems of art education in Australia. It indicates the advantages of recognizing the effect of sexual, ideological, psychological, and other social and educational practices when writing historical material about art education. It introduces evidence that some of the most common perceptions of the history of Australian art education require more detailed scrutiny.