‘Everyday creativity’ is characterised by quotidian day-to-day actions that are often understood in terms of little and mini ‘c’ creativity; the former focusing on observable creative actions/products and the latter on more fleeting “interpretive and transformative aspects of thought” (Silvia et al, 2017). The boundaries of everyday creativity stretch well beyond traditional artforms, to a diverse range of immersive creative activities that millions of people engage in in the UK and beyond, both individually and in groups, in the home, online or in local community settings. These include activities such as cooking, ‘dressing’ the home, gardening, podcasting and citizen science. Such activities are often removed from established hierarchies, economic models and notions of excellence. As tentative steps are taken towards a wellbeing economy, these everyday creative actions and activities that people undertake to explore their creative potential, maintain their health and wellbeing, connect to others and to nature, learn and develop, and add meaning and purpose to their lives, become increasingly important.
Image of Sarah Elwick, University of Brighton taken by Helen Johnson
The Everyday Creativity Network aims to support the unfolding, broadening and democratising of everyday creativity processes within the general population, advancing definitions and understandings of everyday creativity and enabling future research pathways to be delineated, while contributing to policy debates. Our work is addressed under 4 guiding themes:
1. The role of everyday creativity in enriching creative research methods
2. Everyday creativity, the home and placemaking (including pandemic responses)
3. Everyday creativity, health and wellbeing
4. Arts, science and technology interfaces in everyday creativity
You can meet some of the Network team in the video below. (The cat is called Pounce…)