Conference hosted by The AHRC Everyday Creativity Research Network and Creative Lives

Thursday 26th September 2024

Cecil Sharp House, London



This event is an opportunity to share understandings and ways of working with, and for, everyday creativity (EC). We aim to build connections across different sectors, disciplines and contexts, and forge new paths forwards to support EC theory and practice. The conference is also a celebration of everyday creative practice, showcasing the achievements of groups and projects that provide creative activity for people of all ages and abilities across the UK and Ireland, through the nominees for the 2024 Creative Lives Awards.

The conference is organised under four themes:

  1. The role of EC in enriching creative research methods (Lead: Dr Helen Johnson, University of Brighton)
  2. EC, the home and placemaking. Including pandemic responses (Lead: Prof Owen Evans, Edge Hill University)
  3. EC, health and wellbeing (Leads: Prof Louise Mansfield, Brunel University and Prof Norma Daykin, University of the West of England)
  4. Arts, science and technology interfaces in EC (Lead: Prof Sonia Contera, University of Oxford)

Other confirmed speakers include Dr Mark Taylor  (University of Sheffield and Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre).

The event is aimed at: academics and postgraduate researchers from the social sciences, arts, humanities and beyond; creative practitioners (including craftspeople, creative writers, musicians comedians, entrepreneurs and others); healthcare professionals; and members of community/third sector organisations. We welcome registrations and proposals from all of these groups, and will be releasing a call for submissions soon.