Creative Graduates: What is the Future Now?

Aligned to the recent Future Skills reports, launched at the Houses of Parliament in June 2022, we see creative thinking as central to the development of future curricula across the university and we are seeking to centralise creativity as core to the development of graduate attributes and creating sought after students. It is our responsibility to produce adaptable and employable students, resilient and open enough to add equitable and inclusive value to industries of the future.

The subject areas within Art and Design find themselves in increasingly challenging and somewhat precarious positions under new/proposed governmental educational policy directions. This challenges not only the existence of these subjects, given the reduction of opportunities at secondary-education and further-education levels to undertake creative courses, but their position within universities nationally, as can be seen by recent course closures and staffing reductions across the sector. The governmental position around creative courses and programmes nationally, threatens the very notion of creativity and its place within academia.

Of real concern is the impact upon academia, but also opportunities for future students to engage meaningfully in a creatively focused educational journey. This narrowing focus will further impact on the national economy as well as the impact upon productive and positive societal change. The agenda within the conference is to encourage discussion and debate at a cross-institutional level.

Dates & times

Wednesday 15th March 2023
14.00pm – 20.30pm

Thursday 16th March 2023
9.00am – 22:00pm


Knights Park Campus
Kingston School of Art
Kingston University
Grange Road
Kingston upon Thames


Town House
55-59 Penrhyn Road
Kingston University
Kingston upon Thames

The CHEAD Annual Conference 2023 creates an opportunity to discuss the critical issues facing art and design education across the UK in 2023. The conference theme being proposed will contain three interwoven strands of discussion. This will facilitate, promote, and enhance debate around some of the core issues that we are all facing within Art Schools and across all creative subject areas.

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: at the heart of everything we do
  • Sustainability: and the creation of sustainable futures
  • Future Skills: Proposing change, challenging educational policies and securing futures

CHEAD members receive one free place at the Annual Conference with registration opening on 30th November.

For more information, please contact Anna Maloney, Director of Membership and Operations via:

Premier Inn
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Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PD
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Travelodge Kingston upon Thames Central
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Travelodge Kingston upon Thames
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The White Hart Hotel
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Kingston upon Thames KT1 4DA
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DoubleTree by Hilton
1 Skerne Road
Hampton Wick
Kingston upon Thames KT2 5FJ
0203 096 0099
Hotels in Kingston – DoubleTree by Hilton Kingston

CHEAD Conference Rate: £139.00 for Bed and Breakfast for 1 adult in a King Standard Room, respectively £149.00 for Bed and Breakfast for 2 adults.

  • All bedrooms are to be guaranteed with a credit/debit card at the time of booking.
  • Cancel the booking free of charge up to 28 days prior to arrival. Free cancellation before 11:59 PM local hotel time on 15 Feb 2023.
  • Breakfast is included in the conference rate.

Book Online Here

Alternatively, call 0203 096 0099, quoting the date and GCHEAD code to book.

Kingston Lodge Hotel London
94 Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
020 8541 4481
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Please note: this hotel is located a nine minute drive or a 30 minute walk from the conference venues.


Warren House Hotel
Warren Road
Kingston upon Thames
020 8547 1777
Warren House – Weddings, Conferences and Events

Please note: this hotel is located a twelve minute drive or a 40 minute walk from the conference venues.

Key Conference Elements

  • Keynote speakers
  • Tours of Kingston School of Art and the Town House building (RIBA Stirling Prize)
  • Kingston tours (Hampton Court Palace, historical walking tour)
  • Participatory workshops
  • Break out discussion sessions
  • Networking opportunities

Conference Schedule

14.00pm Delegate Tours – Hampton Court Palace, Historic Kingston walking tour, Community Brain visit
17.00pm CHEAD Annual General Meeting
18.00pm Pre-conference networking event
20.30pm Close
8.15am The how to of Policy Engagement – pre-registration required
9.00am Registration
9.30am Welcome to Kingston University
9.50am Introduction to the Conference
10.00am Keynote presentations
11.15am Break
11.45am Institutional Presentations – Innovations in Practice
12.45pm Lunch
14.00pm Provocations for workshop activities


  • Inclusive Education
  • Sustainable Education
  • Future Skills/Employability
15.45pm Break
16.15pm Panel session
17.00pm Plenary
17.15pm Drinks reception
17.15pm Boat tour of the Thames
20.30pm Return to Kingston

Pre-conference networking event

Wednesday 15th March 2023

18.00pm – 20.30pm

  • Photobooth
  • Laser Printer
  • Bronze Casting (timed pour)
  • Stanley Picker exhibition 
  • Platform Gallery Exhibition 
  • Market stalls including: Future Skills, AA2A, GLAD
  • Tours of Knights Park available throughout the evening
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