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CHEAD Annual Conference 2019: The Agency of Art and Design

March 27 @ 9:00 am - March 28 @ 4:00 pm

#CHEAD2019 provided 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?


Download conference theme here

Download the Brexit and the Future of Creative Education in the UK term paper here



The Role of Culture Industry in the Death Cult of Global Monopoly Capitalism (presentation)
The Role of Culture Industry in the Death Cult of Global Monopoly Capitalism (paper)
Professor Jonathan Harris, Head of School, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University

ArtsEqual: Research and Strategic Interaction on Cultural Rights and Wellbeing in Finland
Dr Kai Lehikoinen, Director of the Research Centre CEREDA, University of the Arts Helsinki

Can I call you Aunty?
Mary Evans, Artist and Course Leader at Chelsea College of Arts

Catharsis, consent or critique? The value of the arts within complex landscapes
Professor David Cotterrell, Research Professor of Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University

There is always something more important (presentation to follow)
Professor Mariele Neudecker, Professor and Research Fellow, Bath Spa University

Peter Lloyd Jones

Make Your Future
Birmingham City University: School of Jewellery

PDR (presentation to follow)



March 27 @ 9:00 am
March 28 @ 4:00 pm
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Sheffield Hallam University
0114 225 5555