Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, University of Tasmania

Abbey MacDonald is a Lecturer in Arts Education, where she specialises in visual art curriculum, pedagogy and practice. She is interested in the applications of Arts-based research, and development of tools to support participant, researcher and teacher engagement in and with relational art inquiry. Abbey's research contexts include professional learning collaboration, teacher embodiment and enactment of curriculum, and exploring intersections between pedagogy and methodology. Abbey is a practicing visual artist and curator. She is Vice President of Art Education Australia (AEA), and Immediate Past President of the Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA).


  • –present
    Lecturer in Arts Education, University of Tasmania


  • 2015 
    University of Tasmania, PhD
  • 2008 
    University of Tasmania, BTeach (Hons)
  • 2005 
    University of Tasmania, BFA (Hons)


  • 2018
    And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda: Australian picture books (1999-2016) and the First World War, hildren's Literature in Education: An International Quarterly
  • 2017
    The Relational Art Inquiry Tool: Supporting participants and researchers from non-Arts backgrounds to engage in and with a/r/tography, Revista VIS: Revista do Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Arte
  • 2017
    The Museum Diorama: Caught between art and history, Australian Art Education
  • 2017
    A diptych of dilemma: Becoming an artist and a teacher, International Journal of Education Through Art
  • 2017
    Collaboration as metaphoric construct and guiding practice in art-making and teaching: A multimodal rendering, Studies in Art Education
  • 2017
    From the wing chair: Stories from and about the experience of living and working in a Tasmanian boarding school, International Journal of Practice Based Humanities
  • 2017
    Good Teachers Grow: Disrupting negative depictions of teachers through relational a/r/tographic inquiry, Australian Art Education
  • 2017
    A War Imagined: Gallipoli and the art of children's picture books, Australian Art Education
  • 2017
    A/r/tographic inquiry in sport and exercise research: a pilot study examining methodology versatility, feasibility and participatory opportunities, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • 2016
    Teachers' curriculum stories: perceptions and preparedness to enact change, Educational Philosophy and Theory
  • 2015
    The Formation of the Australian Arts Education Practice and Research Special Interest Group (AEPR SIG), Australian Art Education
  • 2015
    Borderlands: traversing spaces between art making and research, Qualitative Research Journal
  • 2014
    Defining professional self: Teacher educator perspectives of the Pre-ECR journey', Australian Journal of Teacher Education
  • 2013
    Seeing the bigger picture: investigating the state of the arts in teacher education programs in Australia', Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Professional Memberships

  • Vice President - Art Education Australia
  • Immediate Past President - Tasmanian Art Teachers Association

Research Areas

  • Primary Education (Excl. Maori) (130105)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Secondary Education (130106)
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods (160807)
  • Museum Studies (210204)
  • English And Literacy Curriculum And Pedagogy (Excl. Lote, Esl And Tesol) (130204)
  • Art Criticism (190101)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting) (190502)
  • Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy (130201)
  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators (130313)