CCCI Research fellow Penny Hay explores the concept of play and imagination at the International Play Conference in Aarhus
Dr Penny Hay, CCCI Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, IfE recently spoke about the concept of imagination at the International Play Conference in Aarhus. Penny gave a presentation and ran a workshop inviting a space of exploration and thinking through making, drawing on research with Forest of Imagination* over the last 6 years.
The objective of the conference was to establish an interdisciplinary arena for dialogue and knowledge exchange about the significance of play in all of our lives. Attendees included academics and practitioners within the field of play from 27 countries. Keynote speakers included Professor Helle Marie Skovbjerg, Kolding School of Design. Helle is Denmark’s first Professor of Play and works in close collaboration with the LEGO Foundation. She spoke about play philosophy, play as practices of moods and designing for play. Presentations over the 3 days were fascinating, with a range of presentations and workshops provoking many questions:
- How can communities build play into their physical, cultural, civic and social systems?
- How do communities co-create new spaces for play and imagination?
- How can different academic, educational, therapeutic and artistic practices learn from and enrich each other?
- How can imaginative and embodied practices help us converse with challenging aspects of the world?
- How can the creative use of language unfold the diverse meanings of play?
- How can play and imagination inform alternative forms of creative pedagogy?
Papers from the conference will be published in a bespoke journal and inform a forthcoming co-authored article in the International Journal of Art and Design Education.
*Forest of Imagination is a unique collaboration between the creative and cultural industries and the community of Bath, co-founded by Grant Associates and 5x5x5=creativity working in partnership with Bath Spa University.
Forest of Imagination runs this year from 20-24 June 2019 at the Holburne Museum and in Sydney Gardens. For further information, please contact Penny Hay (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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