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Creativity, wellbeing and society

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Time: 8.45am - 6.30pm
Venue: Room 2029, second floor of the Town House building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: free

Creativity, wellbeing and society

Creativity in its various forms is increasingly important in addressing the multiple challenges faced by society. Rising mental health concerns, an ageing population and recurrent health crisis are conditions that can be relieved through engagement with the arts. Creativity is also necessary to face the challenges imposed by fast technological changes, so that we can learn new ways of working with and shaping progress, rather than fearing its effect, particularly on the world of work. The creative sector is one of the most profitable and fast growing in the UK economy, playing an important role for the country's economic performance. Despite this relevance, political and economic debates often focus on the development of STEM skills, relegating creative skills to second place. In this symposium we challenge this view by discussing the different roles that creativity plays in society. The multidisciplinary approach of the symposium emphasises the importance of different disciplines talking to each other to foster the development of new ideas and contribute to a better understanding of creative processes.


08:45 – 09:15 Townhouse TH2029 Arrival and Coffee
09:15 – 09:30 Welcome: Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau and Michela Vecchi
09:30 – 10:00 Transforming societies through promoting inclusive art consumption.
Patrick Elf
10:00 – 10:30 Make Film History: Creativity and community engagement through archive film
Shane O'Sullivan
10:30 – 11:00 Between sociology and art: Reflections on the humility of creative practice.
Heidi Seetzen
11:00– 11:15 Coffee
11:15 – 11:45 Creative approaches to transformative research.
Meg Jensen
11:45 – 12:15 Making a living moment more resonant: An exploration of the role of the artist in co-creative work with people living with dementia.
Julian West
12:15 – 12:45 Interior Design and Wellbeing: 19th century antecedents.
Penny Sparke
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Da Vinci's legacy: Applying creativity to solve contemporary economic challenges.
Abhinay Muthoo
14:00 – 14:30 Creativity and corporate culture.
Daniela Grieco
14:30 – 15:00 Creativity and the art of disguise: Switching between formal and informal channels in the evolution of creative projects in large organizations.
Evy Sakellariou
15:00 – 15:30 Looking for a tonic to computational led bad-being.
Tom Coward
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee
15:45 – 16:15 What part can books and shared-reading play in promoting creativity and wellbeing?
Alison Baverstock
16:15 – 16:45 Shall we dance? Dance, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace.
Michela Vecchi
16:45 – 17:15 Move-Assure – Dance for mental wellbeing.
Peter Lovatt
17:15 – 17:30 ‘Murmuration: the last bird'
Simona Scotto introduction to the Counterpoint dance company and dance performance
17:30 – 18:30 Panel Discussion (along with drinks and nibbles)

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Fred Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Psychology,


Directions to Room 2029, second floor of the Town House building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE: