Episode 5

Penny Hay & Alex Soulsby: We need to be imagination activists

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Penny Hay and Alex Soulsby. Penny is an artist, researcher and educator. She is a Reader at Bath Spa University in Creative Teaching and Learning and Senior Lecturer in Arts Education at Bath Spa University School of Education, and also Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries. Penny has worked extensively in arts education across the UK and co-ordinated the professional development program for the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD). Alex is the founding director of Artist Residency Thailand and is an International Arts and Creative Education Manager and Consultant with over twenty years’ experience of Education, Creative Projects Management and Artist Mentoring. During his time in the UK as a Creative Projects and Education manager, he sat on numerous boards, trusts and steering groups that focused on arts and education engagement for young people. Alex will be sitting on panel discussions and presenting his work and approaches regarding arts integration within schools at Boston’s trans cultural exchange conference in November https://transculturalexchange.org/ He tweets at @soulsbyalex

In this episode, we discuss:

🥥 How might we attend to ideas through creativity, opening space to inquires;

🥥 The importance of unleashing the creative potential in all learners, or risk further aggravation of the crises we face;

🥥 Sitting with not knowing, feeling the discomfort of not having the answers.

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The Coconut Thinking podcast brings together educational provocateurs who are re-thinking school as a concept and a space.