Creativity Matters: A Tribute to Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson devoted his life to the importance of creativity and imagination. Millions of people have watched Ken’s famous TED Talk, ‘Do Schools Killing Creativity?’. In 2008 Ken was awarded the RSA Benjamin Franklin Medal. His acceptance speech Changing Education Paradigms became one of the RSA’s most powerful RSA Animate films, inspiring more than 16 million viewers worldwide and influencing a generation of educators. House of Imagination was lucky to have Sir Ken Robinson as one of our Patrons, actively supporting the work of our charity.

This RSA Fellowship gathering , taking place online 15th of December at 6pm, will bring together figures from education, cultural learning and the creative industries to reflect on Sir Ken’s life’s work and legacy, and share ideas for how we can continue to support and defend his commitment to creativity for all.

Kate Robinson, Director, Nevergrey, office of Sir Ken Robinson
Matthew Taylor, CEO, RSA
Dr Penny Hay, Reader, Bath Spa University, Director of Research, House of Imagination
Professor Sue Rigby Vice Chancellor, Bath Spa University 
Peter Clegg, Senior Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Marcus Davey CEO The Roundhouse 
Chisara Agor, Multi-disciplinary Artist 
Gboyega Odubanjo, Poet 
Sally Bacon, Executive Director, Clore Duffield Foundation
Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE, Arts and Cultural Consultant
Gareth Binns, CEO Institute of Imagination 
Margaret Heffernan, Author and Entrepreneur, Professor of Practice, University of Bath


Creative Education Debate – How do we prioritise creativity? – 23 October

Join us in a creative debate about the importance of creative education for all children and young people at Bath Spa University’s brand new School of Art and Design.

Wed, 23 October 2019, 5–7pm

International author and campaigner, Melissa Benn will be joined by colleagues from Bath Spa University, Goldsmiths University of London and Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination. Professor Sue Rigby, Vice Chancellor, Bath Spa University will give a welcoming address to open up the debate.

Melissa Benn, will kick off the evening with a creative provocation: ‘There is currently a propaganda war under way in English education, led by the political right, which seeks not merely to defend but to celebrate the dramatic reforms of the past decade. Part of this involves the idea of ‘no excuses’ discipline and a ‘knowledge curriculum’ – as if no knowledge was ever imparted in England’s schools before 2010. In reality, many of these changes have meant a narrowing curriculum and more standardised testing, and imposition of the Ebacc as an accountability measure has reduced the teaching of more creative subjects such as art, drama and music.”

Melissa Benn will examine these issues, as well as highlighting those institutions and individuals who are resisting it through their exploration and celebration of human creativity in the broadest sense. She will stress the importance of both educational history, as a way of preventing the erasure of past innovation and success, and our need to highlight the achievements of other educational systems that put less emphasis on narrow knowledge and harsh discipline. Finally, she will explore how we can resist current trends in education, and help to develop a flourishing alternative, both at school level and in the political realm.

Dr Esther Sayers, Goldsmiths University of London, Ruth Sapsed, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and Dr Penny Hay, Bath Spa University, will share examples of exemplary practice in creative education and open up the debate about how we can prioritise creativity at all levels of our education system.

This event is supported by Creative Bath.

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Tickets £5, incl. glass of wine


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