Creative Citizens: the conference

Come and join us at Britain’s first ‘Creative Citizens’ conference at the Royal College of Art

Date: 18/06/2024 – 18/06/2024


Creativity is cited everywhere, in education and economic policy, in
urban regeneration and innovation. But what does it add to civic and
community life ? What do all the choirs, quilters, gardeners and
aspirant media stars add to their communities?

The Creative Citizens Conference brings together speakers from all
over the world to dig deep into these acts of everyday creativity. The
event focuses on the ways that digital communications can drive and
nurture creativity in communities.

We will have guests from Norway on co-designing future cities,
comparative studies from Spain and community bakeries from Liverpool. We
will hear from Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta and Paola
Antonelli from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Jean Burgess will talk
about her brilliant research on YouTube. We will talk about community
journalism; planning and design; music, video and publishing. John
Hartley will also be on hand to offer an analytic lead.

Timed to coincide with London Design Week and the annual exhibition
of the RCA’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, the conference will also
host its own lively exhibition of works made by and with our community
partners. There will also be workshops, policy debates and perhaps even a
bit of creativity in the superb setting of Kensington’s Royal College
of Art. We will turn the David Hockney gallery into a ‘live lounge’ for
ideas and develop new project ideas.

This conference is the climax of a 30-month multidisciplinary
research project, Media Community and the Creative Citizen. Led by Ian
Hargreaves, this work explores the dynamics of creative citizenship in
the context of digital media. We ask how social media are affecting the
value and sustainability of creative citizenship and, with our community
partners around the UK, we experiment with co-created media
interventions to enhance networks of creative citizenship in Bristol,
Birmingham, South Wales & London.

For more information click here

We understand there may be budget limitations for some attendees,
and we do not wish budget to be a barrier to attending this conference
so please contact us if the ticket price is a problem for you.

"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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