Unlocked: Creativity and Culture for Positive Change

Unlocked: Creativity and Culture for Positive Change 

The cultural sector and creative industries are recognised for supporting levelling up agendas and seen as key drivers of employment and innovation across the globe (UNDP & UNESCO, 2013) with the institutions and organisations delivering creative education at the heart of these agendas since their inception. After the seismic impacts of the global pandemic, there is a pressing need for cultural, economic and social transformation and recovery.

This conference will explore the past, present and future of art and design education (as site of practice for communities, learning, research and innovation) and its capacity for impact and influence through purpose, policy and action for place, community, industry and social justice. We will share local, national and international case studies and projects, hear from exemplars and experts, and develop thinking towards: how we can develop collaboratively conceived, co-created approaches to art and design education that address and foster equity, inclusion, social mobility and environmental sustainability fit for the 21st Century; how we can mobilise creativity as a method of research creation and knowledge exchange that uniquely leverages art and design to address and enact much needed change in society; how we can support, develop, realise, and sustain, creativity at the heart of communities, cities, places; how we can foster interdisciplinary connections and sustain social innovation with and for citizens and communities at a local, national and global scale and, through creativity, support cultural and economic recovery, and environmental sustainability.

Dates

Tuesday 19th March – Thursday 21st March 2024

Venue

V&A Dundee
1 Riverside Esplanade
Dundee DD1 4EZ

Presentation Links

Conference Programme

Keynote Speakers

Charles Landry

Charles Landry

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. Charles helps cities identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking and by opening up new conversations about their future.

Dori Tunstall

Dori Tunstall

Dr. Elizabeth “Dori” Tunstall is a distinguished design anthropologist, celebrated author, visionary organizational design leader, consultant, and coach. As the renowned author of “Decolonizing Design: A Cultural Justice Guidebook,” she is a path-breaker of progressive approaches that challenge conventional design paradigms that exclude and harm Indigenous cultures in order to decolonize them and champion diversity, equity, and inclusivity practices in communities and organizations.

Graham Fagen

Graham Fagen

Graham Fagen is a Scottish artist living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. Graham studied sculpture at The Glasgow School of Art (1984-1988, BA(Hons)) and Art & Architecture at the Kent Institute of Art and Design (1989-1990, MA). He is Professor of Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee.

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