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Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize

The Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize is named for Anna Craft (1961-2014) who championed the role of creativity in education

The Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize is named for Anna Craft (1961-2014) who championed the role of creativity in education. She coined the term “possibility thinking” to describe the move from what is to what might be in a problem-solving, route-finding approach to creativity – an inescapable requirement in today’s fast-changing world.

The SIG Convenors award the prize annually.

2022 Winner

Children’s Learning and Literacy: The Importance of Creativity in the Primary Classroom

Charlotte Hacking

Learning Programmes Leader at Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Charlotte Hacking is the Learning and Programme Director at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). Her special interests lie in Early Years, early reading development, the development of writing and the use of picturebooks and...

2020 Winners

’What does gallery mean?’ to ‘Art galleries, I love them!’: Children’s views of ‘culture’ introduced to their primary curriculum

Jane Murray, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Northampton

Jane Murray was awarded the 2020 Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize for the paper From'What does gallery mean?' to 'Art galleries, I love them!': Children's views of 'culture' introduced to their primary curriculum. Jane is Co-Director...

Caroline Smith

Programmer for Schools and Teachers at The National Gallery

Caroline Smith studied at the University of London, ultimately specialising in the art of the early Italian Renaissance.  Following a successful career as a classroom teacher in inner-city schools, Caroline began working in museum and...

Kate Noble, Dr

Senior Research Associate at Museum Learning at Fitzwilliam Museum

Kate is strategic lead for research relating to learning practice at the Fitzwilliam Museum. She worked as a primary and early childhood teacher before moving into museum education, and now leads a training programme encouraging creative teaching...

Catherine Spankie

Programme Officer at The National Gallery

Catherine runs the National Gallery’s Take One Picture programme, including an annual series of CPD sessions for teachers and exhibition of children’s projects. Take One Picture is the Gallery’s national programme for primary schools,...

Darren Smith

Head Teacher at Northampton Primary Academy Trust

Darren Smith is an experienced Head Teacher at Headlands Primary School, Northampton. He has a passion for the Arts and a burning desire for children to experience and be inspired by all Art forms. The Arts are central to the curriculum at...

Anna Carter

Lead on Professional Learning and Curriculum at Northampton Primary Academy Trust

Anna started her career in Education as a Primary School teacher, moving on to become Drama Adviser for Northamptonshire County Council, followed by a long stint as a Drama and English consultant. She has worked at the Trust for the past three...

David Meechan

Lecturer in Education at University of Northampton

David is a Lecturer in Education focusing on Early Childhood at the University of Northampton. Prior to this role David was a Research Assistant at the University of Wolverhampton and has experience of working with several NGOs and as a...

Rebecca Aberton

Associate Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at University of Northampton

Dr Rebecca Aberton has taught in primary schools in the UK and Australia and earned her doctorate at the University of Birmingham in 2019. Her specialist subject areas are education policy and research methodologies in education. Rebecca’s...

2020 Special Commendation

Angelo Benozzo

University of Valle d’Aosta

Angelo is an undisciplined researcher in work and organizational psychology, he also lectures qualitative research methods. His research can be described as lying at the crossroads between organizational psychology, critical management studies,...

Neil Carey

Manchester Metropolitan University

Neil is  Principal Lecturer in Internationalism. His research focusses on creative and arts-based methods in social science research. His PhD, a que(e)rying quest for intersectionality, explored how creative fiction and autoethnography might...

Constanse Elmenhorst

Independent scholar

My Rosen therapist says I show her pictures of myself as a horse. A horse who will/can be free, but whom again and again is tied up/in/around discourses. Personally, I often see myself as a rabbit. I am jumping from one place to another; curious...

Nikki Fairchild

University of Portsmouth

Nikki Fairchild is the associate head (research and innovation) in the School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. Her teaching and research explore professionalism, leadership, pedagogy and practice in early child...

Mirka Koro

Arizona State University

Mirka a Professor of qualitative research. Her scholarship operates in the intersection of methodology, philosophy, and socio-cultural critique and her work aims to contribute to methodological knowledge, experimentation, and theoretical...

Carol Taylor

University of Bath

Carol is Professor of Higher Education and Gender. Her research utilizes feminist, new materialist and posthumanist theories and methodologies to explore gendered inequalities, spatial practices, and staff and students’ participation in a range...

2019 Winner

Lars Geer Hammershøj, Associate Professor

Associate Professor at Aarhus University

Lars Geer Hammershøj is PhD and Associate Professor at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University. He has published books and articles about the creativity in education, the Bildung processes in the educational system, creativity and...

2018 Winner

Tracy Hayes, Dr

Lecturer at University of Cumbria

Tracy Hayes is the current convenor for the Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play Special Interest Group. Tracy Hayes was awarded the 2018 Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize for her paper Responsive, responsible research: Lexi’s...

2017 Winner

Jo Trowsdale, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Warwick

Jo Trowsdale is Associate Professor, Arts, Creativity and Education in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Jo has extensive policy and practice experience as a former regional director of a systematic government initiative to enhance the role...

2016 Winner

Kirsty Devaney, Dr

Postgraduate Research Assistant at Birmingham City University

Kirsty Devaney is a Birmingham based composer, researcher and educator with a passionate for promoting creative music making as something we all have the capacity to do. Her music has been performed by professional contemporary music ensembles,...