Everyday Creativity: Discovery Process

NEA has been jointly commissioned by two university research centres – the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at the University of Brighton and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University – to support a Discovery Process into the underpinnings of the relationship between everyday creativity and health.

The project sets out to advance understanding of the concept and practice of everyday creativity and its connections to health.  Positioning the arts as a sub-category of everyday creativity, it advances the proposition that everyday creativity is an essential component of human experience, rooted in self-reflection and emotional connection to others.

The project investigates the links between everyday creativity and the development of consciousness, mentalization and self-organisation, and explores how everyday creativity can contribute to good mental health and empathetic relationships. It is premised on the view that new dialogue between the humanities and emerging scientific disciplines can support the growth of shared understandings of the central importance of everyday creativity to health, helping to elide the boundaries between the medical, social and cultural spheres.

In May 2020 Nick Ewbank published an article in Arts Professional exploring the links between health, everyday creativity, and the arts as they are current conceptualised. He argues that people’s experiences during the pandemic have brought to the fore the importance of broadening narrow definitions of the arts in order to more fully support those struggling with social isolation and other forms of disadvantage.

Nick’s article can be accessed here: Paradigm shift

We’re supporting a conference entitled Everyday Creativity: Towards an International Research Network which is taking place in Brighton on Monday 13 June 2022.

This will be an opportunity to share ideas, understandings, and ways of working with regard to everyday creativity, aimed at: academics and postgraduate researchers from the social sciences, arts, humanities and beyond; creative practitioners; and members of community/third sector organisations.

The conference speaks to four key themes:
1. The role of Everyday Creativity in enriching creative research methods (Dr Helen Johnson, Co-Director, Centre for Arts and Wellbeing, Brighton)
2. Everyday Creativity, the home and placemaking, including pandemic responses (Theme lead: Prof Owen Evans, Edge Hill)
3. Everyday Creativity, health and wellbeing (Theme leads: Prof Louise Mansfield, Vice Dean Research, Brunel; Prof Norma Daykin, Prof Emerita, UWE)
4. Arts, science and technology interfaces in Everyday Creativity (Theme lead Prof Sonia Contera, Oxford Physics)

New Covid-19 variants permitting, this will be a face-to-face in person event, with online access also available.

The call for proposals is now live and can be found here:

Call for Submissions: Everyday Creativity: Towards an International Research Network


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