Creativity Mind-Set Symposium

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Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road

London

NW1 2BE

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What is the Creativity Mind-Set?

“Possessing and emanating a set of attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that reflect the core principles of creativity. Namely employing a sense of curiosity, connectedness, risk taking, artistry, divergent thinking and originality as well as embracing the iterations of problem solving and processes that lead to purposeful, unique and valuable outcomes”.

Purpose

The creativity mind-set symposium is a meeting for creative minds to address a creativity deficit in our current pedagogical and curricular landscape.

This symposium event is designed to gather enquiring educators, school senior leaders, artists and cultural leaders, to address the essence of and cultivation of a creativity mindset across the education system through inspirational talks, dialogue and activities. The symposium is aimed at practitioners and professionals who are interested and willing to contribute to current debate and research and development regarding an arts and creativity rich education fit for 21st Century demands. The event will be held in the Wellcome Collection’s Studio on the 25th of May 2017.The event represents a collaborative, R &D platform to ignite momentum for innovation and purposeful change across the current education system in order to better nurture and embed the ‘Creativity Mind-Set in its DNA. It is hoped that attendees will engage in an ongoing research and development community in order to collectively explore the impact of new pedagogical and curricular perspectives, partnerships, resources, and models inspired by the event.

Research informing the event

This event is supported by A New Direction and co-designed by two artist educators Lily Elms and Ally Hughes who are both engaged in pedagogical action research and ‘wicked problem’ solving related to the case for a creativity rich education. Their two research projects have unearthed concerning data regarding the marginalisation of the arts and creativity in the curricular landscape and the detrimental consequences of this. Arts curricular offers are being compromised in schools amidst a backdrop of financial cuts and heightened focus on reductionist performance measurement policies and core and ‘academic’ subjects.

Charles Leadbeater author of “The Problem Solvers” suggests that we have an outdated system, “formal education militates against the creative forces of curiosity, imagination, and intuition”. He also highlights how we are ill equipping our young for the transitioning world of work “the jobs of the future will depend on creative problem solving and personal services that require teamwork and empathy”.

Timings for the event

5pm start

5pm-5.20 pm: Refreshments and Networking

5.30pm-5.45pm: Introduction to the event, outline of the agenda, quick reference to LE and AH’s key project and research findings and introduction of the keynote speaker

5.45pm-6.15pm: Keynote speaker- Dr Henry Ward(Head of Education at the Freelands Foundation)

6.25pm-6.50pm: Workshop activity

7pm-7.20pm: Panel Discussion- Feedback & Q and A

7.20pm: Closing words

7.30pm: Event close

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Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road

London

NW1 2BE

United Kingdom

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