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Creativity as spaces of resistance & Anna Craft Memorial Lecture

As we emerge from a period of dominantly virtual events, this in person event aims to inspire and provoke conversations and action between delegates. Developed in response to previous SIG events and particularly to our 2021 provocation document ‘Creativity in 21st century education; where how and what next?’, the event focuses on key areas identified as ones where we ‘could do better’:

  • Connecting creativity research and practice to global challenges and wicked problems
  • Better understanding of how the body is key to creativity
  • increasing diversity and voice 
  • Pushing for creative changes to school systems

Whilst we recognise the diversity of creativity, dominant discourses and models of practice can narrow our access to and development of such richness. This event provides a rare space in which to recognise the need for social and constructive resistance. It brings together champions to lead this work; to inspire and enable participants to reflect and debate together; to share interests; and to develop projects and plans for the future.

This event offers a space in which participants can re-engage across sectors and invites you to  identify how you want to move these agendas forward: to take the first steps in planning projects, funding bids, special journal issues, conference contributions. Agreed ideas will be reviewed and developed by Creativities SIG members at BERA 2022 to form a programme of activity for 2023 and beyond.

The conference will feature dialogues and activities from Professor Kevin Moffat (School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick), Richard Hayhow (Director, Open Theatre), Jo Clifton (Curriculum lead, The Elliot Foundation Academy Trust).

This year’s Anna Craft Memorial Lecture is being given by Veronica Jobbins, MBE


10:30 Event Registration
10:40 Coffee & Networking
11:00 BERA Welcome & Introduction
11:10 Criticality and creativity in teaching science in higher education – Can we balance the needs of science with a voice for empathy?
Kevin Moffat, University of Warwick
12:10 Lunch 

Grounding in the day to day: Creativity in the primary school
Johanne Clifton, The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust & Victoria Kinsella, Birmingham City University

2:15 The body as integral to creativity and learning
Richard Hayhow, Open Theatre
3:30 Actions
4:30 Anna Craft Memorial Lecture
Veronica Jobbins, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

If guidelines and restrictions change, the format of this event will be updated to comply, and all delegates will be notified via email. Covid safety protocols will be included in the joining instructions.


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Kerry Chappell, Professor

Associate Professor at University of Exeter

Dr Kerry Chappell is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Exeter University, where she leads the MA creative arts in education programme. She also leads the Creativity and Emergent Educational-futures Network, within...

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Jo Trowsdale, Dr

Associate Professor at University Campus Suffolk Ltd

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...

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Victoria Kinsella, Dr

Senior Research fellow in Education at Birmingham City University

Dr. Victoria Kinsella is Senior Research Fellow in Education at Birmingham City University. Victoria has researched widely in the field of the arts education and creativity. She has worked on a number of creative arts research projects in various...


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Kevin Moffat, Professor

Director of Outreach at University of Warwick

Kevin Moffat is currently a director of outreach and a fellow of the Warwick Institute of Engagement at the University of Warwick. He has over 30 years of academic research experience in dementia, neuroscience and genetics in both the UK and...

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Richard Hayhow, Mr

Director of Open Theatre at Open Theatre Company Limited

Richard is Director of Open Theatre, which aims to place the creativity of young people with learning disabilities at the centre of the cultural life of Birmingham and Coventry. Richard established The Shysters, a company of actors with learning...

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Johanne Clifton, Ms

Director of Curriculum and Virtual Learning at Elliot Foundation Multi-Academy Trust

Johanne Clifton is the Director of Curriculum and Virtual Learning for the Elliot Foundation Multi-Academy Trust. The Trust works with over 30 schools in three regions: the West Midlands, East Anglia and London. Johanne’s role is to work with...

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Veronica Jobbins, Ms

Dance and Arts Education Consultant at N/A

Veronica Jobbins was Head of Public Engagement at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance until July 2020. Originally trained as a specialist dance teacher, she worked in London schools for many years and served as the Dance Advisory...