CHEAD Annual Conference

CHEAD Annual Conference 2019

Unbounded

The agency of art and design

Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th March 2019

Sheffield

This conference, in March 2019 comes at a pivotal point for art and design. The strategic positioning of the cultural and creative sector critically developing knowledge and fostering challenging enquiries, is fundamental to Britain’s economic recovery post- austerity, post Brexit and pro fourth industrial revolution. The Creative Industries are lauded by government and are rightly credited with being associated with cultural value, the reinvigoration of Place and the re-profiling of our trading offer. However, scant acknowledgement is given to the pluralism, potential and existing power of these disciplines to innovate, disrupt and develop new connectivity across disparate ecologies, acting as a catalyst to the realisation that creative industries are equally a driver and an enabler in future industrial strategy.

#CHEAD2019 provides a platform for practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines, sectors and perspectives to celebrate the agency of Art and Design in:

Interdisciplinary practice – Through policy, impact or practice, how do we claim authority within these emerging debates, partnerships and collaborations across sciences, public services, engineering, health and business. How do we ensure parity of knowledge, agendas and authorship are recognised and promoted?

Education – Advocacy for the central role of creative subjects in pre- university education, what is the evidence-base for the promotion / protection of creative and cultural education. How do we create new models of co-creation, collaboration and curriculums for change.

Research – how do Universities protect diversity of practice, support experimentation and champion enquiry? How can we ensure that Universities challenge metrics that diminish our methodologies and address gaps in provision created by existing market and state systems of value and reward? How can we effectively use the evidence that we have collated to shift perceptions.

Society – what role do Universities have in supporting the external ecologies of practice? Can Universities influence local and national governments to protect studios, resources and networks for graduates and professionals? How can we argue for the value of arts production (as well as presentation) within our cities, museums and communities?

 

CHEAD members are entitled to one free conference place (2 places for those members in the £2,300 membership fee bracket). The main contact at each institution has been notified of how they can book their free conference place.

Discounted tickets are also available to CHEAD members.

Please note: coaches will pick delegates up from the Novotel, Mercure and Jurys Inn Hotels only for the annual dinner on the evening of the 27th March. Delegates staying at other hotels will need to make their way to one of the hotels listed above.

Hotels

Accor Novotel Sheffield Centre

Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PR

4-star family-friendly hotel opposite Hallam Square, the main entrance to Sheffield Hallam City Campus, adjacent to the Winter Gardens and walking distance to many shops and restaurants.

The hotel is fully accessible for disabled guests. Pay parking is available for up to 60 cars, on a first come, first serve basis at cost of £15 per night. Alternative car parking is available at Q Car Park, Charles Street.

Bed and breakfast rates (per room per night) Standard Single £101, Standard Double £111, Executive Single £126, Executive Double £136.

Booking reference – Sheffield Hallam University 9014

Call 0114 278 1781 or email H1348@accor.com to book.

Accor Mercure St Paul’s Hotel and Spa

119 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JE

A contemporary 4-star hotel located in Sheffield City centre, two minutes from Sheffield Hallam City Campus and five minutes from Sheffield railway station.

The hotel is fully accessible for disabled guests. Discounted parking rates are available at Q Car Park on Charles Street.

Bed and breakfast rates (per room per night) Single £120, Twin/Double £130. Upgrades to Junior and Executive Suites available on request.

Booking reference – Sheffield Hallam University

Call Reservations Direct on 0114 278 2000 or email h6628-re@accor.com to book.

Jurys Inn Sheffield Centre

119 Eyre Street, Sheffield S1 4QW

Undergoing a full refurbishment in spring 2018, the Jurys Inn Hotel is just three minutes’ walk from Sheffield Hallam City Campus, five minutes’ walk from Sheffield train station and close to Sheffield’s Devonshire Quarter which is bursting with bars, restaurants, a beautiful green and galleries.

The hotel is fully accessible for disabled guests with 12 wheelchair-friendly rooms. Family and triple occupancy rooms also available. Discounted parking rates available at Moor Car Park (APCOA Parking) on Eyre St.

Bed and breakfast rates (per room per night) Single from £77, Double from £87, Triple from £97. All rates subject to availability and include complimentary WiFi.

Booking reference – Sheffield Hallam University

Call 0114 291 2222 or email jurysinnsheffield@jurysinns.com to book.

Leopold Hotel

2 Leopold Street, Leopold Square, Sheffield, S1 2GZ

Built on the former site of a Grade II listed Boys Grammar School, the Leopold Hotel is Sheffield’s only 4-star boutique hotel. Located in Leopold Square in the City Centre, adjacent to an array of restaurants and bars, and just five minutes walk from Sheffield Hallam City Campus.

The hotel is fully accessible for disabled guests. It also benefits from full air-conditioning, free WiFi and free fitness suite.

Sheffield Hallam University Friends, Family and Students can benefit from the lowest available rates, subject to availability.

Bedroom only rates (per room per night) Leopold Double £85, Leopold Deluxe King £109, Mezzanine Suite £115. All rates are inclusive of Wi-Fi and VAT.

Booking reference – SHUFFS18

Call 0114 252 4000 to book.

Download the full conference theme here

This conference, in March 2019 comes at a pivotal point for art and design. The strategic positioning of the cultural and creative sector critically developing knowledge and fostering challenging enquiries, is fundamental to Britain’s economic recovery post- austerity, post Brexit and pro fourth industrial revolution. The Creative Industries are lauded by government and are rightly credited with being associated with cultural value, the reinvigoration of Place and the re-profiling of our trading offer. However, scant acknowledgement is given to the pluralism, potential and existing power of these disciplines to innovate, disrupt and develop new connectivity across disparate ecologies, acting as a catalyst to the realisation that creative industries are equally a driver and an enabler in future industrial strategy.

To argue for the multiple values of diverse enquiry we may need to define and defend other impact metrics beyond those that are easily measured. As a powerful public-sector player in the cultural landscape, CHEAD, and its member universities are key advocates shifting perspectives for the representation of complexity within public and policy debates regarding our sector. An increased urgency to develop a more coherent voice articulating the value of art and design in all its diversity, can be matched by an emergent evidence base, focused not only on the articulation and measurement of economic value, but inclusive of other forms of cultural, social and aesthetic value.

With increasing priority for interdisciplinary engagement, promise of access to greater support through collaboration and through relevance to grand challenges, priority sectors and governmental agendas, this offers significant potential rewards and risks for art and design communities, beyond being delivery agents for the commodified derivatives of a cultural landscape. This conference provides a compelling forum to ensure that we are emboldened to engage with these new opportunities, forums and landscapes; we can do so with increased confidence in our own value, agency and power.

To be announced