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Richard Hickman


  • Professor of Aesthetic Development
  • Course leader for PGCE Art and Design

E-mail Address


01223 767640


MA (Cantab), ATD, Cert Ed, MA, PhD

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations


External board member, Footage Foundation []

Prizes, awards and honours

Sir Herbert Read Lifetime Achievement award from the International Society for Education through Art (Melbourne, 2014)

University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for outstanding teaching (Cambridge, 2013)

Outstanding Educator in Residence, MoE, Singapore (Singapore, 2013 and 2014)

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Richard Hickman is Dean of Homerton College where he was also Director of Studies for Art History (previously Director of Studies for Education at St John's College). He taught in a number of schools over a thirteen year period and has been involved in the education and training of teachers since 1985 - previously at the University of Reading and the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

He is a practising artist, having exhibited in Europe, Asia and Australasia, with eight large solo exhibitions.

His academic interests lie within two broad areas of visual and aesthetic education: philosophical - the nature and purpose of art and design in education, and  psychological - in particular, aesthetic development.

Academic Area/Links

  • Art and Design
  • Visual and Aesthetic Education

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Current scholarly activities/projects

  • Preparing the next generation of art & design teachers - an international perspective
  • Editor in Chief of a three volume International Encyclopaedia of Art & Design Education

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Course Involvement

PGCE (art & design secondary); MPhil in Arts Culture and Education.  He is currently supervising PhD students involved in research in several aspects of visual art in education, across both primary and secondary phases and adult education.

Recently completed PhD dissertations include:

Kristen Ali Eglinton: Making Selves, Making Worlds: an ethnographic account of young people's use of visual material culture

Tyler Denmead: Beautiful little moments: a principally ethnographic study of eight East Anglian artists' pedagogies

Foivi Antoniou: Children creating and responding to children's art

Madeleine Brens: Excluded adolescent females engaging in the arts: A phenomenological case study

Yanyue Yuan: Responses towards Museum Artefacts: An Autopsychographic Exploration

Pallawi Sinha: Emergent Education in a Homogenised World: the significance of integrating indigenous skills, practices, arts, culture and community towards future education in India

Nigel Meager: Using filmmaking as method in the exploration, description, analysis and interpretation of children's experience as they make art in primary school.

NB: from 2016 Richard is unable to take on any Doctoral students

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Selected Publications since 2000


Hickman, R. (2018). CHEAT: The Cambridge Handbook of Educational Abbreviations and Terms, 7th edition.[ISBN: 978-0-9560861-0-5] Cambridge: Faculty of Education (electronic publication).

Hickman, R. (2015). An Art Miscellany for the Weary & Perplex'd. Corsham: NSEAD/Barking publications [ISBN: 978-0-904684-34-6]. Available at:

Pollard, A., with Black-Hawkins, K., Cliff-Hodges, G., Dudley, P., Hickman, R., James, M., Linklater, H., Swaffield, S., Swann, M., Turner, F., Warwick, P., Winterbottom, M. & Wolpert, M. A. (2014) Reflective Teaching in Schools. London: Bloomsbury (

Hickman, R. (2011). The Art & Craft of Pedagogy: Portraits of Effective Teachers. London: Continuum. [ISBN: 9781847062901]

Hickman, R. (2010, 2nd ed.). Why We Make Art - and why it is taught. Bristol: Intellect. [ISBN: 1841503789]

Hickman R. (2008) (Ed.). Research in Art Education: issues and exemplars. Bristol: Intellect. [ISBN: 9781841501994]

Hickman, R. (2005) (Ed.). Critical Studies in Art & Design Education. Bristol: Intellect. [ISBN: 1-84150-127-1]

Hickman, R., Finney, J., Morrison, M., Nicholl, B. and Rudduck, J. (2005). Rebuilding Engagement Through the Arts. Cambridge: Pearson. [ISBN: 1 85749 858 5]Hickman, R. ( 2004, 2nd ed.) (Ed.). Art Education 11-18: Meaning Purpose & Direction. London: Continuum. [ISBN: 0-8264-7201-X]

Articles in refereed journals

Sinha. P. and Hickman, R. (2018). The Sabar Ways of Knowing: Sustainable Ideas Towards Educational Ecology. International Journal of Art & design Education, 37 (1) 113-124.

Hickman, R. and Sinha, P. (2017). Adivasi Aesthetic Knowing: A Duographic Account. Visual Inquiry 5 (3) 317-328.

Hickman, R. (2016). Reflections on art making and evolutionary psychology. Journal of Aesthetic Education 50 (3) 1-12.

Hickman, R. and Sinha, P. (2016). The Sabar Ways of Knowing Through the Arts. Visual Arts Research, 42 (1) 88-103.

Yuan, Y. and Hickman, R. (2016). 'Autopsychography' as a form of Self-Narrative Inquiry. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1-17.

Yuan, Y. and Hickman, R. (2015). 'Tension' and 'Care' as Cornerstones of Criteria for Poetic-Visual Inquiry as Arts-Based Educational Research. Visual Inquiry, 4 (3) 205-222.

Hickman, R. (2015). Assessment in art and design education: Further reflections upon whippet-fancying and Procrustes. Visual Inquiry, 4 (1) 23-31.

Yuan, Y., Stephenson, P. and Hickman, R. (2015). Museums as Alternative Settings for Initial Teacher Training: Implications of and beyond the ‘Take One Picture’ Programme for Primary Art Education. Visual Art Research, 41 (1) 27-42.

Hickman, R. & Brens, M. (2014). Art, Pedagogy and Dyslexia. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 34 (3) 327-336.

Denmead, T. and Hickman, R. (2014). Reading between the obliques. Visual Arts Research Special Issue: (tidbits) The easiest thing I ever published, 40 (1) Issue 78 28-30.

Hickman, R. (2014) My personal journey through art education 1956-2013: a visual autopsychography. Imaginar Issue 58, 33-41.

Hickman, R. and Kiss, L. (2013). Investigating Cognitive Processes within a Practical Art Context: A Phenomenological Case Study Focusing on Three Adolescents. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 32 (1) 97-108.

Denmead, T. and Hickman, R. (2013). Viscerality and slowliness: An anatomy of artists’ pedagogies of material and time. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 13 (9)

Antoniou, F. and Hickman, R. (2012). Children’s Engagement With Art – Three Case Studies. International Journal Of Education Through Art, 8 (2), 169-182.

Brens, M. & Hickman, R. (2011) Engagement in the Arts and Self-Efficacy of Adolescent Women. Visual Inquiry: Learning & Teaching Art 1 (1), 9-19.

Hickman, R. (2010). Self portrait - An account of the artist as educator. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 11 (2) 1-15.

Hickman, R. & Lord, S. (2010). An examination of adolescents' self-efficacy, engagement and achievement in representational drawing.
Australian Art Education 32 (2), 73-85.

Hickman, R. & Eglinton, K. (2010). Exploring the ways in which youth engage with visual material culture in their everyday lives: a framework for inquiry. Australian Art Education 32 (2), 4-16.

Hickman, R. & Kiss, L. (2010). Cross-Curricular Gallery Learning: A Phenomenological Case Study. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 29 (1), 27-36.

Hickman, R. (2009). Art-based reporting of classroom experience. Australian Art Education, 31 (2), 46-63.

Hickman, R. (2007) Visual Art as a Vehicle for Educational Research. The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 26 (3), 135-145.

Hickman, R. (2006) Raising Pupils' Self Esteem Through Leadership Activities in Art. The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 25 (3), 329-340.

Hickman, R. (2004) Teaching Art to Muslim Students. Visual Art Research, 30 (2), pp 55-61.

Chapters in books

Hickman, R. & Eglinton, K.A. (2015). Visual Art in the Curriculum. In M. Fleming, L. Bresler and J. O’Toole (Eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Arts Education. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

Hickman, R. & Brens, M. (2015). Art Teachers' Professional Development. In L. Burgess and N. Addison, 3rd ed. (Eds.) Learning to Teach Art & Design in the Secondary School. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

Hickman, R. (2013). Empathy and Art Education. In B. White and T. Constantino. Aesthetics Empathy and Education. New York: Peter Lang.

Hickman, R. & Sinkinson, A. (2011) Teacher Education: What We Do and What Could Be Done Better. In M. I. Saleh,  and S. M. Khine, Teaching Teachers: Approaches in Improving Quality of Education. New York: Nova Science.

Hickman, R. (2008) The nature of research in arts education. In R. Hickman (Ed.) Research in Art Education: issues and exemplars. Bristol: Intellect.

Hickman, R. (2007) (In defence of) Whippet-Fancying and other Vices - Re-evaluating Assessment in Art & Design. In T. Rayment (Ed.) The Problem of Assessment in Art & Design. Bristol: Intellect.

Hickman, R. (2006) Some Autobiographical Reflections on Becoming an Art Educator. In L. Beudert, Work, Pedagogy and Change: Foundations for the Art Teacher Educator, Reston, VA: NAEA.

Hickman, R. (2005) A Short History of 'Critical Studies' in Art & Design Education. In R. Hickman (Ed.) (2005) Critical Studies in Art & Design Education. Bristol: Intellect.

Hickman, R. (2005) School Students' Responses to Architecture: A practical studio project. In R. Hickman (Ed.). Critical Studies in Art & Design Education. Bristol: Intellect.

Hickman, R. (2004) Diverse Directions: Visual Culture and Studio Practice. In R. Hickman (Ed) (2004, 2nd ed.). Art Education 11-18: Meaning Purpose & Direction. London: Continuum.

Conference papers and other public presentations

Assessment & Creativity in Art Education. Public lecture, National Institute of Education, Singapore, August 2013.

Keynote: A personal journey through art education 1956-2013 [an autopsychographical account]. InSEA conference: Tales of Art and Curiosity, Canterbury 2013.
Research in Art Education. Public lecture organised by the Singapore Ministry of Education, February 2013.

Learning in Art Education. Public lecture organised by the Singapore Ministry of Education, February 2013.

Critical Studies in Art Education. Public lecture organised by the Singapore Ministry of Education, February 2013.

Research in Art Education: issues & exemplars. Public Lecture, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, March 2013.
Advocating art for the next generation. ATAI conference: Charting the future of Art Education, Dublin October 2011.

Creating aesthetic significance: Digging beneath the foundations of culture.  iJADE conference: Art & Design Education and Contemporary Culture, Liverpool John Moores University. October 2010.

Self-Portrait: a visual account of [my] artistic development. Myers Lecture,
Teachers' College Columbia University, New York, November 2009.

Why we make art and how it can enhance engagement. Perspectives on Equipping Children for the Future, March 2008, The Royal Society, London.

Arts-based research. Cambridge Educational Research Association (CamERA) annual conference, April 2007. Recent Research Findings in Arts Education. Cambridge Educational Research Association (CamERA) annual conference, April 2006.

John Dewey and Lessons from Black Mountain College. Starting at Zero - Day seminar on Black Mountain College, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, March 2006.