Creative Citizens: the conference

Come and join us at Britain’s first ‘Creative Citizens’ conference.


Royal College of Art, London September 18-19 2014

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. In partnership with the Centre for Community Journalism at Cardiff University we will host a series of discussions and workshops in a pop-up news café.

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.

Creative Citizens: the conference, 2014.
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU. September 18-19, 2014.