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Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen


Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen

 Sydney Australia


(PhD) Doctor of Philosophy Degree, Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University, 2015.

MA (Environmental Design)- Canberra University, 2000.

Gd. Dip. (Community Adult Ed.) UTS, 1990.

B. Ed (ART & DESIGN) –COFA, 1985.
Diploma of Fine Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

Early Childhood Certificate, Karitane Mothercraft Nurse, Sydney.

Specialising in Reggio Emilia Philosophy


Creativity & Reflexive Presentations

Bronwen presented 'creativity & reflexive workshops and presentations around the world particularly, in conjunction with Art In Society International Conferences and United Nations Insea Congress (2009 – to present 2018).

Academic research publications- Bronwen has over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters and one book launched at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver and University of California, Los Angles (UCLA) in 2016 and Hawaii University in 2017.  Bronwen's PhD Doctoral research, presented in 2015, is situated in Creative Arts, STEAM Education and reflective sustainable practices.

Currently, employed at Macquarie University in Department of Educational Studies as a tutor in Education Psychology and Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Creative Arts.  Also Project Manager, Education for Sustainability. Bronwen is one of the four Co-founders of STEAM Education Australia, focusing on developing creativity and reflexive ‘active learning organisations’ by building interdisciplinary connections across the curriculum and bringing industry design thinking into schools.  Bronwen is the Educational Advisor for Australian Fujian Association and the Creative Learning Centre and has fostered creative research partnerships in Australia, Mainland China, Korea, Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan. 

In 2015, Bronwen was employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Science and Engineering at Macquarie University where she was responsible for collaborating with Indigenous partners and evaluating the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP).  Her research covered the retention rate and inspirations of Indigenous youth in schools and their aspirations towards higher education.


Academic educator- Bronwen teachers in the Department of Educational Studies, Human Sciences, Macquarie University in the positions of Unit Coordinator (Capstone), Lecturer and Tutor in Educational and Psychology Units. Bronwen runs her own consultancy business: teaching at the Workshop Art Centre and Sydney Community College.


Honorary Fellowship of the Teachers' Guild of NSW, HFTGN2018.

Best Presenter, HRD Futures Conference, Macquarie University, 2015.

3 minute Nominee, Department of Educational Studies, 2014.


The Fusion of Science and Arts - An interactive digital platform to enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) teaching and learning exchanges by science teacherChu, H. E., Stewart, K., Howe, C., Wade-Leeuwen, B., Martin, S., Song, J. & Choe, S.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 2015-2017.

Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF), 2012.

IER New Institute for Educational Research Grant, 2011.

Willoughby Council Community Artist Grant -Indigenous Artists 2010-2011.

Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (APA), 2010-2014.

Faculty of Arts Higher Degree Research Training Support Grant, 2009.

Academic/Educator experience

Sustainability Project Manager, Department of Environmental Studies, Macquarie University, 2018.

Lecturer, Tutor in Teacher Education- Educational Psychology and Contemporary Issues in Education from 2011-2018.
Unit Coordinator, Lecturer- Primary Creative Arts Teacher Education Programs 2011- 2016.

Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University, 2009-2010.

Head of Visual Arts Education (Foundation-12), William Clarke College, NSW, Australia from 2003-2007.

Secondary High School Art Teacher, NSW Department of Education & Communities from 1986-2015.

Secondary High School Art Teacher, ACT Government Education &Training Department from 1999-2003.

Primary Classroom Teacher, South Australian Education Department from

Art and Design Educator, TAFE South Australia from

Graphic Design & Illustration Educator, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), 1995-1999.

Primary Classroom Teacher, British International School, Singapore 1975-1980.


Professional Staff experience

Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Computing Department, Faculty of Science, Macquarie University 2007-2008.


Community engagement experience

Director of STEAM Education Australia

Director of Moku Expressionist Artists Australia.

Academic Advisor: The Australian Fujian Association,

Academic Advisor: Creative Learning Centre,
National Institute of Chinese Education (NICE)

Former President/Director: Workshop Art Centre: Teaching & Learning.

Assistant to Curatorial Team: Macquarie University Art Gallery.

Completed Chinese Beginners Language Course 2009.


Arts Educational experience

Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby, Watercolour (Mo-ku Ink Splash) Painting Classes 1986-2018.

Sydney Community College, Roselle- Chinese Brush Painting teacher (2013-18)

Macquarie Evening College- Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting teacher  (2010-2012).


Pedagogical Practice:
2017-2018 Leap into Literacy, primary Classroom Teacher (K-6)

2016-2018 STEAM EducationAustralia, Primary Classroom Teacher (K-6)

(PhD Doctorial Studies 2009-2015 Fostering Creativity in Primary Education)

2008-2010- Hunters Hill High School, Sydney- Creative Arts Teacher (7-12)

2003-2007- William Clarke College, Sydney- Head Classroom Teacher (K-12)
2000-2003- Education Department, ACT- General Classroom Teacher (7-12)

1980- Seagull Lab School, Manoa, Hawaii, USA Primary Teacher (K-6)

1976-78 -- British International School- Singapore, Primary Teacher (K-6)


Invited Artist Exhibitor:
Australian Chinese Painting Association 2013 and 2016;

Boomalli Aboriginal Cooperative Art Show, 2013-2017.

Hunters Hill Art Exhibition 1985-2018;

Taiwan Artists Village, Taipei- 2002-3; 2005.

International Fieldwork

Workshop Art Centre, Arts Teacher 2004-2018 (part-time)

Moku Artist Exhibition & Book Launch, 2016.

STEAM Australian Korean Symposium and Workshops, 2016;

Moku Expressionists Artists; and Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby 2011- 2016;

Chios Island, Greece, Fresco Murals in Greek Orthodox Churches 2014.

Shanghai Early Childhood Research Exchange Program, 2013.

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, 2010;

TATE Modern & Liverpool, UK. Related Art Exhibitions, 2012;

Senior Curator: Bwo-Me Exhibition: Aboriginal Artists past and present, held at Workshop Art Centre, 2011;

Assets School for Dyslexic children, Hawaii, July 2010;

China Mainland and Taiwan- conducted research in calligraphy and oracle bone stroke study, 2009;

Reggio Emilia School, Italy, 2009;

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Projects 2015 2019

Research Outputs 2008 2019

STEAM education: creativity in teacher education programs

Wade-Leeuwen, B., 2019, Dimensions and emerging themes in teaching practicum: a global perspective. Çakmak, M. & Gündüz, M. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 117-132 16 p. (Routledge research in teacher education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Raising the quality of praxis in online mentoring

Kelly, N., Kickbusch, S., Hadley, F., Andrews, R., Wade-Leeuwen, B. & O'Brien, M., 2018, Educating future teachers: innovative perspectives in professional experience. Kriewaldt, J., Ambrosetti, A., Rorrison, D. & Capeness, R. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 123-134 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

research project

Reconsidering the communicative space: learning to be

O'Brien, M., Wade-Leeuwen, B., Hadley, F., Andrews, R., Kelly, N. & Kickbusch, S., 2018, Educating future teachers: innovative perspectives in professional experience. Kriewaldt, J., Rorrison, D., Ambrosetti, A. & Capeness, R. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 105-121 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

professional experience

Intercultural arts-based research inquiry: first marks of the reformer’s brush

Wade-Leeuwen, B., 2016, In : The Journal of art education Australia. 37, 2, p. 151-164 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

educational difficulties
art education
twenty-first century

Moku-chi: the role of intercultural studio-based workshops for primary pre-service art teachers

Wade-Leeuwen, B., Harrison, N., Fleet, A. & Rice, A., 2016, In : The International Journal of Arts Education. 11, 1, p. 13-27 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

participant observation

Activities 2018 2019

  • 2 Oral presentation
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Invited talk

Harmony Day- Drawing Connections

Wendy Goldstein (Chair), Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen (Organiser), Kathryn McLachlan (Organiser), Thelma Raman (Organiser)
21 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Beyond Boundaries in Teacher Education: Promoting Collaboration & Partnerships

Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen (Speaker)
26 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

WIL Snapshots: ACEN NSW ACT Conference

Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen (Speaker), Wendy Goldstein (Speaker)
4 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen (Speaker), Wendy Goldstein (Speaker), Kathryn McLachlan (Speaker), Thelma Raman (Speaker)
5 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Press / Media

STEAM Ahead Australia

Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen, Melissa Silk & Jessica Vovers


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment