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Annabel Johnson: Director

Annabel Johnson is currently director of Children’s Art School. She was Curator for Schools and Teachers at the Whitechapel Gallery for 12 years, curating a nationally recognised Artist in Residence programme in East London secondary schools. Year long residencies, developing collaborative art work with students and artists culminated in exhibitions in the Whitechapel Gallery’s dedicated Project Galleries and were part of the galley’s exhibition programme of contemporary art.

Now running a range of ceramics classes at home in her garden studio.

She worked for the Whitechapel Gallery from 2001 -2014 where she  curated and managed numerous projects in schools: Artists in Residence, in Secondary Schools, Archive Adventures in Primary Schools. She also devised research on artists working in schools as part of the Enquire Programme, managed by engage (The National Association for Gallery Education) and administered by the Whitechapel Gallery. She has developed a Co-mentoring programme for Artists and Secondary School Teachers also at the Whitechapel Gallery. 

To see examples of projects Curated by Annabel click the links below.

My Body Folded like a Map with Artist Lucy Cash

The Hidden Curriculum with Artist Annette Krauss

She currently works as part of the teaching team at the Courtauld Institute for Art, leading tours and drawing workshops for schools and adult interest groups that investigate the Courtauld Gallery collection. She also runs Art History themed outreach projects in schools across London.

Art History and Maths Inspired by the Courtauld Collection.

She was Head of Art and Design Technology at Donhead Preparatory School for 3 Years 2019 – 2022

She is the mother of two boys, living in Wimbledon.

Annabel has a degree in Art History from Leicester University and a PGCE in Primary Education. She holds an MA in Museum and Gallery Education with a distinction from the Institute of Education at the University of London. She was a primary school teacher for seven years alongside freelancing for the schools and families programme at the National Maritime Museum where she also devised and piloted a popular family programme.



The Isles of Silly – Introduction: Annabel Johnson

Hidden Curriculum; in conversation with Henry Ward and Annette Krauss in AE5; Welling School 2013

Seriousness of PlayAnnabel Johnson – Published in AD: National Society for Education in Art andDesign

The Art of Change, Annabel Johnson AD, National Society for Art and design in Education Issue 21,2018 The Student Voice.

The Art of Change NSEAD 2018

A Professional Journey, engage 35, Annabel Johnson Teacher/educator/curator/mother/artist – Engage35 Journal December 2014 engage 35: Twenty-Five Years of Gallery Education
Winter 2014
Published by engage, London


My body Folded like a Map  –  Edited and curated by Annabel Johnson with Lucy Cash and Ellie Green.

To download click here:  FOLDED_LIKE_MAP_01B

Click here to access the project information.

Interview – Recreative spoke to Annabel Johnson about artist residencies in Schools and their value  for artists, teachers and students. To view click here.

Recreative –  is an online community & resource for young people to explore contemporary art.

Annabel also programmed the annual conference for the National Society for Gallery Education in 2015 entitled A Different Game: Young People working with art and Artists, click A Different Game for more information