Leading International Speakers at Educating Creatively Conference

Storyhouse will host a three-day international conference next month which aims to explore and celebrate the important role creativity has in education.

The Educating Creativity Conference takes place online from 10-12 September, and the theme of this year’s event is What is Education For?

An impressive line-up of over 30 expert speakers will join the discussion from across the globe.

The virtual conference is aimed primarily at education, cultural and creative professionals, along with teachers, artists and practitioners.

And creative conversations and workshops will range around three main talking points – wellbeing, accessibility, and the digital world.

This year’s keynote speakers are Clive Holtham, Professor of Management in Bayes Business School at City, University of London; Monica Biagioli, Senior Lecturer in Design Innovation, London College of Communication at University of the Arts (UAL), and musician and researcher Lluís Solé who is Professor of Music Pedagogy at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya in Spain.

Clive Holtham and Monica Biagioli will present an interactive session on Making Your Ideas Come to Life which will involve participants articulating their ideas in written form on a leaflet and then learning how to adapt the method to use in a variety of different ways.

Lluís Solé, who will deliver the keynote speech on 11 September, is the founder and conductor of the Inclusive Orchestra of the University of Vic, a unique project concerned with creating and developing an orchestra that has no limitations in terms of participation.

His interests are focused on accessibility in instrumental music making and participation in music regardless of an individual’s musical abilities, and he is also interested in the arts-based processes (inquiry, evaluation, assessment or dissemination) through music.

The conference will also hear from a wide range of other national and international speakers and creative practitioners over the course of the three day event.

Abdelfattah Abusrour, founder and director of Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society, established in a refugee camp in Bethlehem, and teacher in Storytelling and Drama in Education in Bethlehem University, returns after appearing at the inaugural conference in 2019.


He will deliver a presentation under the wellbeing strand, exploring his philosophy developed working with young people in Palestine and Palestinian refugee camps where he uses performing and visual arts as a way to express yourself, inspire hope and create peace builders within communities and countries.


He will also hold a practical workshop aimed at trainers, children, parents and workers with youth and children with trauma and living in oppressive environments.


Beth Powers, Barry Kornhauser and Sarah Jackson from Millersville University of Pennsylvania will deliver an interactive workshop, Creativity Can Be Taught, in which people will be guided in how to explore their own notions of creativity but also to engage in hands-on activities they can use to develop their own creativity, and to help others do the same.

The conference will also hear from writer and teacher Kiz, the founder of Hip Hop HEALS, a Birmingham-based mental health project that tackles mental health inequalities in disadvantaged groups, particularly Minority Ethnic groups, young people and men.


Storyhouse Senior Lead for Cultural Education and Research, Si Poole, says: “I’m delighted that despite a very difficult 18 months, Storyhouse is able to announce its second international Educating Creativity Conference.


“The inaugural conference in 2019 was very well received. And while the continued fallout from the pandemic means next month’s event is a virtual meeting of minds, one bonus is that we’re able to hear from speakers not just within Storyhouse’s four walls but from anywhere in the world.

“I hope the conference will provide a space where opportunities for arts-based thinking within different spheres of academia, along with new ideas and challenges, can be discussed. Education has never been more discussed and relevant, the conversations we’ll have are crucial.”

A Whole conference pass: £50, Two-day pass: £40, One-day pass: £30, Student pass: £30 or £10 for individual presentations.

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