Emily Gopaul is a freelance art education consultant, working within both the cultural and educational sector. Her work is driven by a commitment to creating and promoting relevant art education experiences, that engage and represent communities and individuals. She also brings 15-years’ experience teaching and leading on art in a diverse range of inner-London schools, including state, private and large academy chains, and in both secondary and primary settings.
Emily’s work is multifaceted and includes working in collaboration with galleries and institutions such as Tate, where she develops educational content with the schools and teachers’ teams. She also contributes as a critical friend to conversations and work around the educational and civic role of the gallery and its collections. Her work with museums such as the Thackray Museum aims to introduce a more inclusive interpretation of collections which encompass important stories such as those of immigrant populations, empire and slavery.
Her book Teaching Primary Art and Design was published by Bloomsbury in 2018, written to support primary art leaders in contextualising practical art activities using art history and contemporary art practices. Emily also creates content and resources for organisations such as Guardian Teachers Network, BBC Teach, Freelands Foundation, Crafts Council and Rescue Our Schools. She leads professional development and teacher-training courses for schools and teacher-training providers, and works with the NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art & Design) leading training courses, keynote speaking and as a member of their Anti-Racist Art Education Action Group.