Towards a Child Friendly City | Wednesday 10 February

Towards a Unicef Child Friendly City

 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Come and hear the progress of our project to get Bath accredited as a Unicef Child Friendly City and show your support with ideas of how you and your organisation would benefit.

5.45 – 6pm     Guests arrive
6.00 – 6.10pm  Welcome & Introduction
6.10 – 6.20pm   The story so far and next steps
6.20 – 7.10pm
Presentations from young people with questions from the audience:
Mentoring Plus Manifesto
Learn to Lead
School without walls
Youth Parliament
Got Ya Back
7.10 – 7.20pm  Response from Professor Slade, Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University
7.20 – 7.50pm
Intergenerational Cafe: Ideas into action. Pledges for supporting B&NES as a child friendly city and community
7.50 – 8pm  Review pledges and thanks

Free admission but booking essential – book tickets here

What else do our children need? Saturday 27 February 2016

Saturday 27 February 2016

10:30am – 12:30pm Friends Meeting House York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG

Democratic Education Workshop for teachers and parents

Come and experience the views of two pedagogies:

5x5x5=creativity: Inspired by Reggio Emilia supporting children in their exploration and expression of their ideas and helping them develop creative skills for life.

Steiner Waldorf: Our curriculum, respecting and addressing all the multiple intelligences, engages the head, heart and hand of pupils. Our topic blocks are linked to phases of child development.

Tickets £5 for individuals (children welcome) – book here

For further information:

What else do our children need? 27 Feb 2016 copy

The World’s Largest Lesson

Child Friendly City and Community: The World’s Largest Lesson

Join 5x5x5=creativity and partners for an hour of inspirational talks and films about children’s right to arts, creativity and culture as part of the launch weekend for the United Nations Global Goals.

Friday 25 September, 3.30 – 4.30pm at the egg theatre – Free Admission

Spaces are limited so please BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE


1. Welcome from Kate Cross, Director of the egg theatre

2. Passion Statements

The Magic of Children’s Literature

Gill McLay, Artistic Director, Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Children’s Rights to the Arts, Creativity and Culture

Penny Hay, Director of Research 5x5x5=creativity, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Bath Spa University

3. Thought Piece: David Almond: Children’s Imagination will Save the World

4. A film by Aardman: Sir Ken Robinson, the World’s Largest Lesson: an Aardman film

5. ecl foundation presentations from South Africa, Namibia and Netherlands: how can we release the inherent creativity and desire to learn of children and young people around the world?

6. Pledges: What are our pledges for Bath as a Child Friendly City and Community? What are your ideas for a Child Friendly City and Community that match the Global Goals?  |  |


Glow: An exhibition illuminating 15 years of creative and democratic practice with 5x5x5=creativity, Tuesday 10 – Saturday 21 March 2015

Glow.Exhibition.500.2Glow was an exhibition of 5x5x5=creativity’s research with children, young people, educators, artists and cultural centres. The material in this exhibition emerged from 15 years of collaborative action research. Each image and piece of text represents a powerful experience in the work of 5x5x5=creativity, a ‘glow moment’ that distils the essence of our work.

Each ‘glow moment’ has emerged from deep, critical reflection on powerful and transformational experiences within the work of 5x5x5=creativity. They are the moments through which our own practices, values, and ways of engaging with the world of education and beyond have changed. These glow moments have made us reflect on the powerful creative thought and action of young people and have affected a positive shift in the work that we do. Sometimes these ‘glow moments’ present themselves vividly and intensely as they happen, other times they emerge slowly through close and sensitive reflection, starting as a gut feeling … a tingle down the spine.

Glow.Exhibition.500.1Each ‘glow moment’ has developed through collaborative discussion, recollection and debate. They are a product of multiple perspectives, brought together in a process of crystallisation through which we come to see that there is more than one way in which to see the world. Through this collaborative reflection and evaluation of our work we come to recognise those moments that are truly transformational in the work that we do. We come to see those moments that ‘glow’, that lead us to new and deeper understandings.

Glow.Exhibition.500The deeply reflective process of identifying and producing the ‘glow moments’ in this exhibition has allowed us to engage in a democratic and ethically attentive evaluation of our work that is, in itself, productive of new knowledge and deeper understandings of our own practices.

Thank you to all those who have supported the exhibition and contributed their ‘glow moments’. We would like to thank all the contributors to this exhibition and 5x5x5=creativity’s research over the past 15 years.

View/download our Glow booklet here. We hope you enjoy the moments we have shared with you.