Lisa Edgar is Head of Education at Ffotogallery, the National Agency for Photography and Lens-based media in Wales, and leads the public programmes for the Diffusion International Festival of Photography, Cardiff. Having begun her career as a freelance producer and practicing artist in Cardiff, she is an established arts educator promoting a wider understanding of, and participation in, contemporary art, lens based media and creative technology, encouraging critical and visual literacy.
Lisa published the celebrated Make Light Work, a book documenting a series of large-scale socially engaged projects and highlights from her programme, and curated the Vision On digital media season in Cardiff which profiled the work of acclaimed international artists, technologists and speakers. Latterly she has published the book No Place Like Home, the result of a long-term audiovisual project with homeless people in Cardiff. Her work is grounded in communities in Wales working with diverse groups and a wide range of arts partners, as well as taking a strategic role in developing and promoting the place of visual art within mainstream education. She devised and launched Lightbox in partnership with WJEC, the examination board for Wales, a major online resource for art teachers and students.
She is interested in progressive educational philosophies and is also a qualified Montessori Teacher. She studied Photography at Newport School of Art and is a regular visiting lecturer at universities in Wales. She is a Trustee of Engage, the National Association for Museum and Gallery Education and works on policy and planning at a national level to develop and promote contemporary visual art across education and social and cultural sectors.
She has devised and carried out a series of major participatory projects using creative technologies, and visual media for which she was awarded the Chrisi Bailey Media Arts Award for 2006 and an Artworks award presented to the participating school by artist Anish Kapoor at The Tate Modern.