Penny Hay

Dr Penny Hay (FRSA, FHEA) is an artist and educator and part-time Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, School of Education and also Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries at Bath Spa University.

Current signature projects are:

Previously Penny was a teacher with responsibility for the arts, advisory teacher for art and lecturer in arts education at Goldsmiths College, the Institute of Education, University of London, Roehampton Institute and the University of the West of England. Working extensively in arts education across the UK she has co-ordinated the professional development programme for the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD). She was instrumental in setting up the National Artist Teacher Scheme with Arts Council England and NSEAD that offers teachers the opportunity to develop their own creative practice, culminating in the first summer school at Tate Modern.

Previously projects that Penny has also worked on:

Penny also coordinated CEDES (Creative Education: Disaffection, Exclusion and Society): a two-year action research project, in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Education and Democracy at the University of the West of England. She was also a Creative Agent for Creativity Culture and Education (CCE) and co-convened the SW Hub for the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, researching the Power of the Arts in Primary Schools.

She is a member of the Crafts Council Learning and Development Advisory Group, HundrED Advisory Group, Cultural Learning Alliance Advisory Group, RSA Innovative Education Network, BERA Creativity in Education Special Interest Group and Chair of the Creative Practice Research Group in Bath Spa University’s Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries.

Penny is the Strand lead for Creative Pedagogy in Centre for Policy, Pedagogy and Practice and Associate Director of the Centre in Transnational Creativity and Education TRACE. She works internationally with University Autonoma Barcelona and University of Agder, Norway.

Penny is an artist researcher on the Global Challenges Research (AHRC) project in Dharavi Mumbai: ‘Rethinking waste and the logics of disposability’, Compound 13 Lab is an experimental learning space, built on methodological and pedagogical innovation, where issues of work, waste, education and sustainability are explored to develop a ‘living curriculum’ for young people.

Interegating her experience in arts and education with participative action research, engaging individuals, institutions and communities; her doctoral research focused on how as adults we support children’s identity as artists.

Penny is a school governor and active in children’s rights. She is an elected Fellow of the RSA and has an award from Action for Children’s Arts for her contribution to arts education.

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