Space to Create: Learning with Nature in an Arts and Cultural Context Through a Woman’s Lens

  • Mary Preece
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


This chapter examines a personal link between arts practice, educational leadership, and approaches to arts learning in a leading Australian cultural organization. As a woman, my life’s journey has led to changes in career pathway, creative connection to new environments, and a commitment to engagement with environmental education. This is a personal narrative, one that seeks to reflect upon and explain how these interwoven elements form character and have led to a quest for connecting young people aesthetically and scientifically with nature. Immersive, experiential learning contexts and practice-based research have informed my approaches to teaching and learning programmes at Bundanon Trust.


Environment Visual Place-based learning Art Ecology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Preece
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  1. 1.Bundanon TrustIllarooAustralia

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