5x5x5=Creativity: Art as a Transformative Practice

Gemma París*, Penny Hay

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The purpose of this article is to share ideas from 5x5x5=creativity, a research initiative established in Bath (UK) in 2000, with the aim of developing and embedding a creative and reflective pedagogy in schools and early years settings. 5x5x5=creativity research, in partnership with schools, educators, artists, creative professionals, mentors and cultural centres, aims to raise the aspirations and improve the life chances of children and young people as creative learners. In our research we want to develop creative reflective practice and influence systemic educational change. This research defends the special role of the arts in developing a more flexible concept of education through curiosity and creativity, together with the capacity for the arts for allows ‘possibility thinking’ through a creative and critical pedagogy. In this article we analyse the impact of the artists’ involvement on the development of a creative, reflective pedagogy in schools. As both artists and educators we believe it is necessary to challenge current orthodoxies and establish creative and critical thinking at the heart of learning for both children and adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-84
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Art and Design Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • art
  • artists
  • creativity
  • creativity pedagogy
  • education
  • schools
  • transformative practice


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