Learning Curve: Syllabus for the Future

Lumiere Durham 2019

Friday 15 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Gala Theatre, Durham

Hosted in association with Durham County Council

Supported by Learning Curve Group 

The Lumiere Conference is always a highlight for arts and education professionals visiting the festival. Learning Curve: Syllabus for the Future explored a wide array of approaches to learning, creativity and education through inspiring talks, panel discussions and break out sessions. Delegates heard from a range of visionary speakers and experts on the role of creativity in learning, including Andria Zafirakou, recipient of the Global Teacher Prize in 2018, and the poet Kate Clanchy.

Chair: Stella Hall 

Opening address:  Cllr Simon Henig. Leader, Durham County Council

Panel 1: Why we need creativity in learning

  • Andrew Brewerton – Principal of Plymouth College of Art, Chair of the Board of Governors for Plymouth School of Creative Arts
  • Andria Zafirakou – 2018 Global Teacher Prize Winner
  • Kate Harvey – Senior Producer, Artichoke

Panel 2: Listening is the most important part of teaching

  • Kate Clanchy – Poet, Writer and Teacher
  • Toby Ealden – Creative Director, Zest Theatre
  • Dan Shorten – Director, Designer and Audio/Visual Specialist

Breakout Sessions 

  • Simon J James – The findings of the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education
  • Suzy O’Hara – Little Inventors ‘Think Like a Child’
  • Learning Curve Group – Drop in

Panel 3: Unlocking Children’s Creativity
Chaired by Simon J James – Professor of English at Durham University and Principal Investigator for the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education

  • Ben Dickenson – Executive Producer, City of Dreams
  • Jacqui O’Hanlon – Director of Education, RSC
  • Jillian Barker – Director of Learning and Participation, Royal Opera House

Panel 4: Creativity: Theory and Practice

  • Jeanefer Jean-Charles – Creative Artist and Producer
  • Tom McLeish – Professor of Natural Philosophy, The University of York
  • Tina Touli – Graphic communication designer, Creative Director, Maker, Speaker and Educator

Closing address: Helen Marriage – CEO and Artistic Director, Artichoke

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