Dr Penny Hay (FRSA, FHEA) is an artist and educator. Penny is a part-time Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning and Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, School of Education and also Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries.
Previously Penny was a teacher with responsibility for the arts, advisory teacher for art and lecturer in arts education at Goldsmiths College, the Institute of Education, University of London, Roehampton Institute and the University of the West of England.
Penny has worked extensively in arts education across the UK and co-ordinated the professional development programme for the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD). She was instrumental in setting up the National Artist Teacher Scheme with Arts Council England and NSEAD that offers teachers the opportunity to develop their own creative practice, culminating in the first summer school at Tate Modern.
Penny coordinated CEDES (Creative Education: Disaffection, Exclusion and Society): a two-year action research project, in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Education and Democracy at the University of the West of England. She was also a Creative Agent for Creativity Culture and Education (CCE) and co-convened the SW Hub for the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, researching the Power of the Arts in Primary Schools.
Penny is a member of the Crafts Council Learning and Development Advisory Group, HundrED Advisory Group, Cultural Learning Alliance Advisory Group, RSA Innovative Education Network, BERA Creativity in Education Special Interest Group and Chair of the Creative Practice Research Group in Bath Spa University's Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries. Penny is the Strand lead for Creative Pedagogy in Centre for Policy, Pedagogy and Practice and Associate Director of the Centre in Transnational Creativity and Education TRACE. She is co-chair of the research group eARTh focusing on Education, Arts and Environment. Penny works internationally with University Autonoma Barcelona on a Eurasmus+ Research Project, Interstice and with University of Agder, Norway on pARTiciPED.
Penny is an artist researcher on the Global Challenges Research (AHRC) project in Dharavi Mumbai: ‘Rethinking waste and the logics of disposability’, Compound 13 Lab is an experimental learning space, built on methodological and pedagogical innovation, where issues of work, waste, education and sustainability are explored to develop a 'living curriculum' for young people.
Penny integrates her experience in arts and education with participative action research, engaging individuals, institutions and communities. Her doctoral research focused on how as adults we support children's identity as artists. Penny is a school governor and active in children's rights. She is an elected Fellow of the RSA and has an award from Action for Children’s Arts for her contribution to arts education.
Current signature projects are:
Previously Penny has also worked on:
- PhD - Bath Spa University
- MEd - Bath Spa University.
- Sightlines Initiative
- Action for Children's Arts
Other external roles
- RSA Fellow, Co-chair RSA Bath
- What Next? West Co-chair
- South West Creative Education Hub
- Executive Member: Action for Children's Arts
- Bath Cultural Education Partnership
- Arts education and creativity; Visual Art; Creative Pedagogy
- Teaching: PGCE Primary and Early Years, Arts Specialsism, Education Studies, Guest lecturer for Artist Teacher Scheme and Graduate opportunities; PMP tutor; CPD
- Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange
- Strand lead for Creative Pedagogy in Centre for Policy, Pedagogy and Practice.
- University of Wales in Newport graduate Art Education courses 2002-5.
Recent professional updating
- School of Education Research seminars
- National Cultural Education Partnerships Peer Learning Programme.
Research Centres or Groups
Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (Research Centre), Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education (Research Centre)
Research and academic outputs
Bancroft, S, Fawcett, M and Hay, P, eds. (2008) Researching children researching the world: 5x5x5 = creativity. Trentham Books, Stoke on Trent. ISBN 9781858564340
Fawcett, M, Bancroft, S and Hay, P (2008) Oxfordshire creativity project: in partnership with 5x5x5=creativity and early education. 5x5x5 = creativity.
Fawcett, M and Hay, P (2003) 5x5x5 = creativity in the early years. Arts Development, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bath. ISBN 0954617606
Mindel, C and Hay, P (1999) Working with contemporary art : resource pack. BBC, London. ISBN 0563463031
Way in, way out: an action research project which documents the "Helplines" series of talks and workshops organised by Arnolfini Education and Art on Tour
Hay, P (1996) Way in, way out: an action research project which documents the "Helplines" series of talks and workshops organised by Arnolfini Education and Art on Tour. Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. ISBN 090773846X
Hay, P (2021) 'Creative activism, experimental pedagogy.' In: Tilley, E, ed. Creative activism: research, pedagogy and practice. Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne. (Forthcoming)
Hay, P (2017) '5x5x5=creativity: principles, learning and our legacy.' In: Goodliff, G, Canning, N, Parry, J and Miller, L, eds. Young children’s play and creativity: multiple voices. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 83-98. ISBN 9781138214064
Craft, A, Cremin, T, Hay, P and Clack, J (2015) 'Creative primary schools: developing and maintaining pedagogy for creativity.' In: Chappell, K, Cremin, T and Jeffrey, B, eds. Creativity, education and society: writings of Anna Craft. Trentham Books, London. ISBN 9781858566665
Fawcett, M and Hay, P (2009) '5x5x5 = creativity in the early years.' In: Herne, S, Cox, S and Watts, R, eds. Readings in primary art education. Readings in art & design education series . Intellect, Bristol, pp. 231-247. ISBN 9781841502427
Hay, P (1997) 'Chapter 5.' In: Inman, S and Wane, R, eds. Development education within Initial Teacher Education: shaping a better future. Oxfam, London. ISBN 9780855983901
Hay, P (1997) 'Development education issues in art education - a primary art multicultural resource project.' In: Inman, S and Wade, R, eds. Development education within initial teacher training : shaping a better future. Oxfam Education, Oxford. ISBN 9780855983901
Hay, P, Sapsed, R, Sayers, E, Benn, M and Rigby, S (2020) 'Creative activism: learning everywhere with children and young people.' FORUM, 62 (1). pp. 91-106. ISSN 0963-8253
París, G and Hay, P (2020) '5x5x5=creativity: art as a transformative practice.' International Journal of Art & Design Education, 39 (1). pp. 69-84. ISSN 1476-8062
Craft, A, Cremin, T, Hay, P and Clack, J (2014) 'Creative primary schools: developing and maintaining pedagogy for creativity.' Ethnography and Education, 9 (1). pp. 16-34. ISSN 1745-7831
The roles and development needs of teachers to promote creativity: a systematic review of literature
Davies, D, Jindal-Snape, D, Digby, R, Howe, A, Collier, C and Hay, P (2014) 'The roles and development needs of teachers to promote creativity: a systematic review of literature.' Teaching and Teacher Education, 41 (July). pp. 34-41. ISSN 0742-051X
Davies, D, Jindal-Snape, D, Collier, C, Digby, R, Hay, P and Howe, A (2013) 'Creative learning environments in education : a systematic literature review.' Thinking Skills and Creativity, 8 (April). pp. 80-91. ISSN 1871-1871
Davies, D, Jindal-Snape, D, Collier, C, Digby, R, Hay, P and Howe, A (2013) 'The impact of creative learning environments on learners: a systematic literature review.' Improving Schools, 16 (1). pp. 21-31. ISSN 1365-4802
Hay, P (2011) 'Artists interventions.' ReFocus, Autumn (10). p. 24. ISSN 1747-8456
Fawcett, M and Hay, P (2011) 'Creativity should be a democratic right: 5x5x5=creativity's practice-based research.' AD Magazine, 1.
Fawcett, M and Hay, P (2004) '5x5x5 = creativity in the early years.' International Journal of Art and Design Education, 23 (3). pp. 234-245. ISSN 1476-8070
Hay, P and Whitehouse, C (2015) Being explorers. In: ASE West of England November Conference, 14 November 2015, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.
Coles, A and Hay, P (2013) Exploring creative practice in maths and creativity. In: Tackling Underachievement Through Ceativity in Primary Mathematics, 27th November 2013, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
Hay, P (2012) School without walls. In: School Without Walls: Breaking Down the Walls of Schools and Cultural Centres, 28 September 2012, The Egg Theatre, Bath.
Hay, P (2012) Schools without walls. In: Worlds Together Conference, 6 - 8 September 2012, Tate Modern.
Hay, P (2011) 5x5x5 = creativity. In: Creativity conference: shaping the future, 15 July 2011, Newton Park, Bath Spa University.
Davies, D and Hay, P (2008) HEARTS - The Bath Spa experience. In: BERA Annual Conference, 3-6 September 2008, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Bennett, V and Hay, P (2007) The role of adults in supporting children's learning. In: BESA Third Annual Conference Alternative Visions of Education, 6 July 2007 - 7 July 2007, Bath Spa University, Bath.
Hay, P (2005) 5x5x5 = creativity. In: How old do you have to be to be an artist, 30th June 2005, Tate Modern.
Hay, P (2019) Children as artists: the role of adults in supporting children's learning identity as artists. PhD thesis, Bath Spa University.
Hay, P (2019) School Without Walls 2010-2018. 5x5x5=creativity.
Hay, P (2018) Future Forest: Forest of Imagination 2018 Evaluation report. 5x5x5=creativity.
Hay, P, Evans, K, Elders, L and Jones, D.A (2016) Sense of Place Research Project. 5x5x5=creativity.
Coles, A and Hay, P (2013) Tackling underachievement through creativity in the primary mathematics curriculum. 5x5x5=creativity.
Elders, L and Hay, P (2012) School without walls : a reflective commentary.
Hay, P (2001) Making art work.
Hay, P and Kemp, A (2012) Batheaston as a School of Creativity: thinking imaginatively together.
Hay, P (2004) 100 Voices - 5x5x5 Researching Children Researching the World.
Bianchi, J, Hay, P, Hill Male, G, Riley, M and Hunt, F (2019) Curricular Guide and Resources: ArtsTogether Inclusion Curricula. ArtsTogether.