Spring Never Comes Again… Children and Art in the 20th and 21st Century
Art of Education Conference

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
free admission, registration required, limited number of places

Spring Never Comes Again … Children and Art in the 20th and 21st Century
Conference 20th–21st April
organised as part of Art of Education conference series
Zachęta — National Gallery of Art
pl. Małachowskiego 3, Warsaw

Konferencja Drugiej wiosny nie będzie… | Conference agenda (pdf)

Day 1 (20th April)


  • Joanna Kordjak (Zachęta — National Gallery of Art)
  • Julia Harasimowicz (University of Warsaw)

I. Vienna as a centre of art education in the 20th century

In English | Polish translation

  • Rolf Laven (University College of Teacher Education, University of Applied Arts, Vienna) 
    Franz Čižek — Something Beyond Child Art and Vanguard 
  • Bernadette Reinhold (University of Applied Arts, Oskar Kokoschka-Zentrum, Kunstsammlung und Archiv, Vienna)
    Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and Her Work with Children. Learning — Teaching — Growing

11:30 coffee break

II. Theater as an educational tool. Historical and contemporary perspectives

In English | Polish translation

  • Andris Brinkmanis (Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti, Milan)
    Proletarian Theater as a Site for Education. Alternative pedagogies of Anna ‘Asja’ Lācis and Walter Benjamin
  • Dominika Górecka
    Political Theatre for Children in Sweden
  • Rawand Arqawi, Mustafa Sheta
    Freedom Theatre in Palestine — conversation online with Andris Brinkmanis

13:00–14:00 lunch

III. Artists on educational projects

moderation: Marianna Dobkowska (CCA Ujazdowski Castle)
In English and Polish, Polish and English translation

  • Priscila Fernandes (artist, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem)
    Dear Revolutionary Teacher — 100 Years after the Modern School
  • Sebastian Cichocki, Helena Czarnecka, Marta Przybył (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
    Primary Forms. How to understand art or how to enjoy not understanding it

coffee break

  • Olivia Plender (artist, Stockholm, London)
    What Is School?
  • Jaśmina Wójcik (Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Warsaw)
    Processual work — how to learn from children while making a film (King Matt the First. A creation documentary]. Korczak today.) 
  • Eva Koťátková (artist, Prague)
    School of Emancipation and Futuropolis

18.00 –19.00

  • Intermodal Drawing as Collective Action
    Workshop with the artist Jenny Brockmann (limited number of participants: children and adults)

Day 2 (21st April)

10:00 Introduction

  • Anna Szczepanska (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris)

I. Film camera as a tool for working with children. Children as filmmakers

In English, Polish translation

  • Isabel Wünche (Constructor University, Bremen)
    Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack: Free, Playful, and Constructive Work with Materials
  • Lődi Virág (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest) and Péter Forgács (artist, Budapest)
    The School as a Free Field for Action — Péter Forgács’s Aesthetics Educational Experiment in the 1970s

11:15-11:30 coffee break

11:30 – 12:15
II. Pedagogical experiments in France: Film camera as a tool for working with children

In French, Polish and English translation

  • Catherine Perret (Université Paris 8)
    Fernand Deligny et la psychologie de l’enfant: contextes
  • Martin Molina (Université Paris 8)
    Le moindre geste : chronique sans fin

12:30–13:30 lunch

III. Inclusive art and contemporary pedagogical practices

In French, Polish and Polish Sign Language, English translation

  • Anaïs Masson (Paris)
    « Raconter en quelques suites d’images ce qu’ils voient de la vie qu’ils vivent » (Fernand Deligny, La Grande Cordée)
  • Marek Lasecki (artist, educator, Warsaw)
    Edukacja artystyczna Głuchych uczniów
  • Justyna Lipko (Theater 21, Centrum Sztuki Włączającej |Centre of Inclusive Art, Warsaw)
    Sztuka włączająca sztuką przyszłości

15:00–15:30 coffee break


Screening of films made during workshops with children and young people led by Sebastian Ronceray (Braquage)

Conference partners:

Austriackie Forum Kultury
British Council
Goethe Institut
Instytut Adama Mickiewicza
Instytut Francuski
Ośrodek Kultury Francuskiej
Université Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne
Węgierski Instytut Kultury

Monster Chetwynd, Piegi i motyle. Śniło mi się, ze się obudziłem, kadr z filmu, 2022, dzięki uprzejmości Artystki 
Monster Chetwynd, Freckles and butterflies. I dreamt that I woke up, still, 2022, Courtesy of the Artist

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event accompanying the exhibition
  • 31.03 – 18.06.2023
    Spring Never Comes Again…
    Children and Art in the 20th & 21st Centuries
    Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtZachęta
See also
  • Grafika obiektu: Spring Never Comes Again … Children and Art in the 20th and 21st Century
    mediateka / photo gallery
    Spring Never Comes Again … Children and Art in the 20th and 21st Century
    Photo documentation
Upcoming events
  • 13.06 (Thu) 18:00
    Exposé - meeting with Jacek Malinowski
    Zachęta | cinema room (entrance from Burschego street)cinema room
  • 16.06 (Sun) 12:15
    Tears of Joy
    Performative guided tour of the exhibition by Alka Nauman
    Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtZachęta
  • 18.06 (Tue) 18:00
    The first meeting of the Zachęta Book Club
    Zachęta | cinema room (entrance from Burschego street)cinema room
  • 19.06 (Wed) 18:00
    Anatomy of a relationship with nature
    (in Polish)
    Zachęta Project RoomZPR
  • 20.06 (Thu) 18:00
    Disability Aesthetics
    Zachęta | cinema room (entrance from Burschego street)cinema room
  • 21.06 (Fri) 12:15
    Oprowadzanie dla dorosłych 60+ po wystawie Łzy szczęścia
    Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtZachęta
  • 19.07 – 20.07.2024
    Anger exercises
    (in Polish)
    Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtZachęta