Penny Hay (MEd FRSA) is an artist and educator. Penny is a part time senior lecturer at Bath Spa University and the Director of Research for 5x5x5=creativity, a charitable company researching children and young people's creative development. 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) 2008-11 and co-convened the SW Hub for the Cambridge Primary Review Trust 2014-6, researching the Power of the Arts in Primary Schools.
Penny is a member of the Crafts Council Learning and Development Advisory Group, RSA Cultural Learning Research Group and BERA Creativity in Education Special Interest Group. She works internationally with University Autonoma Barcelona and University of Aukland Creative Education Advisory Team.
Penny integrates her experience in arts and education with participative action research, engaging individuals, institutions and communities. Her doctoral research is 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 Forest of Imagination, House of Imagination and School Without Walls.
- MEd Bath Spa University.
- BEd (Hons)
- Early Education
- Sightlines Initiative
- Action for Children's Arts
Other external roles
- RSA Fellow
- South West coordination team: Cambridge Primary Review Trust
- Executive Member: Action for Children's Arts
- Bath Cultural Education Partnership
- Craneworks Steering Group.
- Arts education and creativity
- Teaching: PGCE Primary and Early Years, Education Studies, Guest lecturer for Artist Teacher Scheme and Graduate opportunities; PMP tutor; CPD
- Public Engagement
- Member of Creativity in Education Research Group.
- University of Wales in Newport graduate Art Education courses 2002-5.
Recent professional updating
- School of Education Research seminars.
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 (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. 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
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.
Elders, L and Hay, P (2012) School without walls : a reflective commentary.
Hay, P (2001) Making art work.