Creativity as a skill: how do you teach it and why is it important?

G20 Cultura

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The Edinburgh International Culture Summit brings together culture Ministers, artists, thinkers and arts leaders from around the world to share ideas, expertise and best practice, with a view to inspiring positive change in cultural policy and investment.  

In 2021, the Summit, working closely with our key partners, began a digital programme of bimonthly discussion panels exploring questions around sustainability and education.  

The next event in the EICS Digital Programme, Creativity as a skill: how do you teach it and why is it important? is produced in partnership with the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The conversation will reflect on the legacy of the historic Rome Declaration of the G20 Ministers of Culture, 2021, as a springboard to debate the role of culture as an engine for sustainable socio-economic recovery coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Rome Declaration states the importance of the creative and cultural sectors in generating skills and influencing the wider economy. Our panel will discuss what creativity as a skill means, how we make culture accessible to all, and how creative practices and thinking enrich individual lives, the economy and society as a whole.  

The panel and an audience Q&A will be chaired by UK Minister for Arts, Lord Parkinson, who will be joined in conversation by Professor Anne Bamford OBE, Strategic Director of Education, Skills and Culture for the City of London, Dr Katia Pizzi, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, Board Member, UNBOXED. 

Broadcast: 27 April 2022 (11:00 BST)  
Format: 1hr discussion with 3 speakers and a chair 

Panellists

Confirmed speakers:

Lord Parkinson, Minister for Arts, DCMS, UK Government
Prof Anne Bamford OBE, Strategic Director of Education, Skills and Culture for the City of London
Dr Katia Pizzi, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, Board Member, UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK

Lord Stephen Parkinson was born in North Shields, Tyne & Wear. Growing up on Tyneside, as well as in Surrey, Suffolk, and Hampshire, he was educated at state comprehensives and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he read history and was elected President of the Cambridge Union.

Beginning his career in the Conservative Research Department, he has worked for a think-tank, for two successful referendum campaigns, and as special adviser, then Political Secretary, to Theresa May at the Home Office and at 10 Downing Street. He stood for Parliament in Newcastle-upon-Tyne North in 2010 and joined the House of Lords in 2019, serving as a Lord-in-Waiting (Government Whip) from February 2020, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Arts) at DCMS from September 2021.

Professor Anne Bamford OBE
is Strategic Director of Education, Skills and Culture for the City of London. Anne has been recognized nationally and internationally for her research in education, emerging literacies, and visual communication. She is an expert in the international dimension of education and through her research, she has pursued issues of creativity, innovation, social impact and equity and diversity. Anne has conducted major national impact and evaluation studies for the governments of Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, Hong Kong, and Norway.


Dr Katia Pizzi
is the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London, and, since 2004, Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Pizzi is Senior Editor of the book series Cultural Memories (Peter Lang) and between 2009 and 2019 she directed the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the School of Advanced Study. Prior to her present post she published extensively on the literary culture, the heritage and cultural memories of European cities, with special attention to Trieste and the Italian-Slovenian and Italian-Croatian borders, see, for example, the volumes Trieste. Una frontiera letteraria (Trieste, 2019), Cold War Cities: History, Culture and Memory (Oxford, 2016), The Cultural Identities of European Cities (Oxford, 2011) and A City in Search of an Author: The Literary Identity of Trieste (London, Sheffield, New York, 2001).

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock
 MBE is a space scientist whose passion is presenting science to a general audience. She has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both industrial and academic environments. Maggie is the founder of Science Innovation Ltd, through which she conducts public engagement activities, shares her love of space and encourages underrepresented communities to take up STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths).

An author, TV presenter and co-host of The Sky at Night, Maggie recently won the Institute of Physics gold medal for exceptional services to science education and physics communication, and is President of the British Science Association.