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The Creativity and Work Conference

Date posted: 02/07/2010

The Creativity and Work Conference: Transfer and transformation of learning between education and work

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London
Friday 12 November 2010

In the current harsh economic climate our students are challenged with the difficulty of finding fulfilling, creative work upon graduating. Increasing numbers of creative arts students are devising alternative approaches to gaining vital work experience and using their creative practice in new ways that benefit the community as well as their own career goals.

For the last 2 years the Creative Interventions Project has been investigating the relationship between creative arts education and work-related learning, particularly in the not-for-profit sectors. The project has been exploring how work-related learning in the public and third sectors, encountered during a creative arts higher education, is valued and fostered by students, tutors and employers. It explores complex questions about the nature of creativity and a creative arts education, the idea of transfer into work and how work-related experiences are valued.

The Creativity and Work Conference aims to provide a forum for those interested in volunteering, education and work-related learning to come together to explore these issues.  The conference is designed to engage participants and to learn from each other.

Creative Interventions is a Higher Education Academy funded project and part of the National Teaching Fellowship Project Strand. It is a partnership led by the University of the Arts London with the Arts University College at Bournemouth and the University of Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education (SCEPTrE).

The Creativity and Work conference has been organised in partnership with the Art Design Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA).

Call for contributions

An invitation to submit proposals for this conference is extended to academics, researchers and students across the HE sector, as well as industry partners from the creative industries and not-for-profit sectors. Collaborative proposals, from partnerships between organisations, are warmly encouraged.

There are two ways to contribute: interactive workshop and poster presentation.

Workshop abstracts should be 500 words maximum, written in English and must indicate how you will engage participants in a workshop approach to exploring issues.

Please indicate the following on your submission:

  • Workshop title
  • Theme (select from the 4 choices indicated below)
  • Facilitator name/s, email address/es, contact telephone number/s
  • Name of facilitator’s institution/organisation & position held
  • Abstract (maximum 500 words)
  • Participation strategy (activities that will facilitate engagement in your topic).

Poster abstracts should be 250 words maximum. Final posters should be A1 in size.

The following themes will form the basis of the conference. The sub-sections are suggestions for possible issues that abstracts might address, but this does not preclude alternatives or innovative approaches to the themes.

1.    Lifewide education: valuing and recognising students creative development across their lives

  • What do students do outside their programmes that help them develop the skills and experiences to be employed or self-employed creative professionals?
  • What role does it play in preparation for work?
  • How might we recognise and reward learning outside the formal curriculum?

2.    Volunteering and not-for-profit work-related activity

  •  What role might volunteering play in students’ learning?
  • How does public/third sector work experience differ from work experience in the commercial sector?
  • What is the relationship between extra-curricular volunteering and not-for-profit work-related learning to discipline-based learning in the university?

3.    What is creative agency?

  • How is creativity fostered in formal learning?
  • How might we develop students’ ability to become active agents for life-wide learning and change?
  • How might we recognise creative agency and its role in preparing students for work?

4.    What can we learn from a creative arts education?

  • Does/should a creative arts education prepare students for work?
  • What are the signature pedagogies of creative arts and what is their role in preparing students for work?
  • How do students perceive the relationship between education and work?
  • What might other disciplines learn from creative arts higher education and vice versa?

All submissions should be sent electronically in Word or PDF format to Catherine Smith, Project Manager, on or before Friday, 17 September 2010:

Key dates

Friday, 2 July 2010   - Call for contributions goes out
Friday, 17 September 2010   - Deadline for submission of proposals
Monday, 27 September 2010   - Feedback on proposals

Monday, 27 September 2010   - Registration opens
Friday, 29 October 2010   - Registration closes

Friday, 5 November 2010   - Submission of posters

Friday, 12 November 2010   - Conference


Programme outline

10.30-11.00    Arrivals / coffee
11.00-11.40    Keynote
11.40-12.00    Coffee / set up posters
12.00-1.00      Workshop 1
                        Strand 1    Strand 2    Strand 3    Strand 4
1.00-2.00        Lunch / poster presentations
2.00-3.00        Workshop 2
                        Strand 1    Strand 2    Strand 3    Strand 4
3.00-3.20        Coffee
3.20-4.20        Workshop 3
                        Strand 1    Strand 2    Strand 3    Strand 4
4.20-4.30        Comfort break
4.30-5.00        Plenary
5.00                 Close


The conference will be free to attend.


Registration will open on Monday, 27 September and close on Friday, 29 October 2010. Registration will be online, via the Art Design Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) website. 

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