Date

17 Mar 2021

Time

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cost

Free

CHEAD Annual Conference 2021

The Challenge of Normal: Living with Change

Tuesday 16th March & Wednesday 17th March 2021

Free to members & Online

Aims of the Conference

By the time of this conference – March 2021 – it will be a year since UK higher education was faced with an abrupt shift to response mode in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. The sector responded with agility, creativity and flexibility, with much to celebrate in how our community innovated so rapidly with many adaptions showing the way towards significant innovations for the longer-term. At the same time as the COVID 19 crisis, the Black Lives Matter movement emerged and mobilised action for change.

The realisation that the ‘New Normal’ is one of inevitable constant change must also come with an understanding of uncertainty. We cannot go back to where we were, and we need to shape what our future will be.

This conference creates a space to learn and reflect, to turn our thoughts to the renewal and reimagining of our role in an economic, sustainable and diverse future.

Aim of the Conference

The fusion of cultures, experiences and perspectives within CHEAD has created a unique community characterised by “Unity without Uniformity” – our diversity is our strength. This conference will explore how our community is responding to change and embracing diversity.

To celebrate the union of art and design across culturally diverse domains, how our openness and differences are our strengths and are a powerful catalyst for change.

To advocate for step-change in the dynamics, benefits and value of an increased and expansive focus on equity, diversity and inclusivity in arts education.

Content: To explore how we can develop the scope of art and design education to encompass diverse and underrepresented art forms, engage all audiences and enrich creative education by embracing a wide range of influences and practices.

Context: To enquire and engage with emerging opportunities and contexts for transformational change addressing how our people, practice and provision should draw on and reflect the full range of backgrounds and perspectives to be found in our contemporary society.

Themes:

  • Drivers of change: Political, Economic, Societal/Cultural, Environmental and Technological.
  • Dynamics of change, crisis, diversification and transformation: Embracing a diversity of influences and cultural inclusivity as an opportunity for transformational change. Making change strategically significant.
  • Capturing change in the academic role. Future academic leadership roles, crisis management, wellbeing, inclusive recruitment, developing and reflecting better workplace representation, resilience and adaptability.
  • Cultural and Creative Recovery in global and digital contexts.
  • Showcasing diversity in people, practices and provision across arts schools and multi-disciplinary institutions as a catalyst for change. Addressing imbalances of power, who speaks, who listens, who hears and acts?
  • Exploring our commitment to diversity and equity and the changing demographics and dynamics of academic and student profiles.
  • Celebrating the CHEAD network through a distributed conference model

Themes

  • Drivers of change: Political, Economic, Societal/Cultural and Technological.
  • Dynamics of change, diversification and transformation: Embracing a diversity of influences and cultural inclusivity as an opportunity for transformational change. Making change strategically significant.
  • Capturing change in the academic role. Future academic leadership roles, inclusive recruitment, developing and reflecting better workplace representation, equality, resilience and adaptability.
  • Showcasing diversity in people, practices and provision across arts schools and multi-disciplinary institutions as a catalyst for change. Addressing imbalances of power, who speaks, who listens, who hears and acts?
  • Critiquing the civic engagement agenda, who leads change in place-based strategies and regeneration, the challenge of working proactively and inclusively with communities, partners and diverse organisations and settings.
  • Exploring our commitment to diversity and equality and the changing demographics of academic and student profiles. Are we fit for purpose?
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