ONLINE TALK: The Value of Imagination and Intelligence in Our Hands

Friday 5 March 2021

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An online panel discussion with Steve Dixon, Dr Penny Hay and Annie Warburton as they discussed the importance of the imagination in making.

When most schools have thrown away their kilns and waking up to a world that has been modelled on consumption and now faces an epidemic of mental health problems, we discuss why using simply our hands and imagination may be the radical and necessary solution.

The way children and young adults are taught how to make art is the focus of this discussion with Dr Penny Hay, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Bath Spa University and Director of Research & Founder of the House of Imagination, Annie Warburton, Chair of the Craft and Design panel for the Government’s new T (technical) examinations and Chief Executive of Cockpit Arts and Steve Dixon, Professor of Contemporary Crafts at Manchester School of Art. They will discuss the importance of being taught technical and practical skills in art and the best way to foster creative thought and imagination for a future which will need thinking outside the box more than ever.

Stephen Dixon is a British ceramic artist and professor at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also a satirist, writer, lecturer and curator. He is known mainly for his use of dark narrative and for using “illustrated ceramics pots as an unlikely platform for social commentary and political discontent.”

Dr Penny Hay is an artist and educator, Research Fellow in the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education at Bath Spa University and Director of Research for House of Imagination (formerly 5x5x5=creativity), an arts research charity.

Annie Warburton is CEO of Cockpit Arts, an award-winning social enterprise and London’s leading studios for contemporary craft and design. She curates exhibitions and writes, presents and broadcasts on craft, art and design in the UK and internationally.