Unlocked: Creativity and Culture for Positive Change

19 March - 21 March 2024

Unlocked: Creativity and Culture for Positive Change

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Contact: Conference Team

Use ‘Email Now’ below to contact the conference team if you have any queries about the meeting. For any queries about your visit to Dundee email tracy.duncan@dundeecity.gov.uk

Dundee is delighted to be hosting the CHEAD Annual Conference 2024 at both the V&A Dundee and Discovery Point.

To help you plan your trip and make your visit to Dundee as easy as possible, please use as much or as little of the information links as you need to make the most of your stay. The information below has been especially tailored to your conference with the aim of making your visit to Dundee as easy as possible. 

Destination Dundee

V&A Dundee image courtesy of Hufton & Crow

Conference Announcements

Contact Us

For conference enquiries email conference@chead.ac.uk


Conference Theme

The CHEAD Annual Conference 2024 Unlocked: Creativity and Culture for Positive Change aims to share and build on diverse perspectives within art and design and art and design education, and will focus on how we can re-imagine and co-create our current and future curricula and research to enable creativity, creative communities, creative ecologies to flourish and to realise the capacity for agenda-setting policy, action, and impact through creativity via discursive themes.

Set in a Creative City, “recognized creativity as a strategic factor of sustainable development as regards economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects” (UNESCO, 2017: 1) we will also reference The Ignorant Art School project (Cooper Gallery) referencing Ranciere’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster, to “creatively re-imagine and propose radical blueprints for a socially transformative art education” and “repurposing equality as a practice”.


Keynote Speakers

Charles Landry

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. Charles helps cities identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking and by opening up new conversations about their future.

Dr Elizabeth "Dori" Tunstall

Dr. Elizabeth "Dori" Tunstall is a distinguished design anthropologist, celebrated author, visionary organizational design leader, consultant, and coach. As the renowned author of "Decolonizing Design: A Cultural Justice Guidebook," she is a path-breaker of progressive approaches that challenge conventional design paradigms that exclude and harm Indigenous cultures in order to decolonize them and champion diversity, equity, and inclusivity practices in communities and organizations.

With a global career encompassing an Associate Professor of Design Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Swinburne University in Australia, respectively, Dori made history as the first black and black female Dean of a Design Faculty anywhere at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Her accomplishments have been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, notably the 2022 Sir Misha Black Award for Distinguished Service to Design Education, the inaugural BADG of Honour for Design Education from the Black Artists and Designers Guide, and the 2023 SEGD Excellence in Design Education Award.

Dori's profound commitment to making an expansive impact beyond academia has recently led her to establish Dori Tunstall, Inc., a firm dedicated to decolonizing and diversifying institutional processes for companies and organizations through corporate education, executive coaching, and strategic consulting.

Conference Programme

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Juniper Auditorium, V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ  

  • 13:00   Registration and Lunch
  • 13:40   Conference Welcome
  • 14:00   Keynote: Creative Cities – why, what, where, who, how? Charles Landry
  • 14:45   Panel Discussion chaired by Dr Husam Al Waer
  • 15:40   Refreshment Break 
  • 16:10   Depart for the Matthew Building, DJCAD

DJCAD, Matthew Building 13 Perth Road Dundee DD1 4HT 

  • 16:15   Studio Culture presentation
  • 17:00   Annual General Meeting for main member representatives
  • 17:00   DJCAD studios and workshops tour for conference delegates
  • 18:30   Research Expo, Lighting Talks and Evening Reception 


Wednesday 20 March 2024

Juniper Auditorium, V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ  

  • 09:30   Keynote: Dr Elizabeth "Dori" Tunstall
  • 10:00   Panel Discussion

Discovery Point, Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4XA 

  • 11:10   Refreshment Break
  • 11:40   Breakout sessions
  • 13:00   Lunch
  • 14:00   Breakout sessions

DJCAD, Matthew Building 13 Perth Road Dundee DD1 4HT 

  • 16:15   Option 1: Art + Design Walking tours option  
                Option 2: Performance lecture - Grace Ndiritu

Tatha, V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ  

  • 19:00   Conference Reception


Thursday 21 March 2024

DJCAD, Matthew Building 13 Perth Road Dundee DD1 4HT 

  • 09:20   Keynote
  • 10:00   CHEAD Alliance Showcase
  • 11:10   Refreshment Break
  • 11:30   Impact of AI on Creative Education – Presentation & Discussion
  • 12:00   Plenary
  • 12:30   Close

Key Features

Key Features:

  • Keynote speakers
  • DJCAD Research Expo 2024, Lighting Talks and evening reception
  • Performance lecture by Grace Ndiritu
  • DJCAD Studio and Workshop Tour
  • Walking Tours
  • CHEAD Alliance Showcase

Breakout sessions including:

  • What is the future of Visual Arts in HE?
  • Regenerative Design in HE: Kickstarting the conversation
  • Creative Education Manifesto
  • InGEAR - Intersectional Gender Equality in the Arts Research
  • Moonshots for the future of Art and Design Education
  • Live Drawing Session
  • The Ignorant Art School

DJCAD Research Expo 2024, Lighting Talks and Evening Reception

Tuesday 19 March, 6.30pm

Drinks Reception and cold buffet
No dress code

DJCAD Research Expo 2024
Matthew Galleries South & North, Level 5, Matthew Building, DJCAD, Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HT

The DJCAD RESEARCH EXPO is an annual exhibition of outcomes from research projects by staff and PhD researchers from across the School of Art & Design, presented alongside a related research event programme. The EXPO 2024 is curated by Dr Judit Bodor, Baxter Fellow in Curatorial Practice with Dr Jacqueline Donachie, Baxter Fellow in Creative Economies. It includes exhibits [including sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, video, artists books, design objects, documentaries, research posters, and publications] from over 50 contributors drawing on a range of research methods, material approaches and experimentation; expanded and interdisciplinary practices; new and emerging technologies and participatory making across the breadth of art, design, and architecture.

Exhibition of research projects by staff and PHD students working across DJCAD in 2022

Lighting Talks
Matthew Galleries and Lecture Theatre, L5 Matthew Building, DJCAD, Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HT

An evening event including drinks and cold buffet reception and lighting talks by DJCAD Staff and PhD Researchers participating in the DJCAD Research EXPO 2024. The presentations will focus on the loose theme of ‘Navigating Place’ from a variety of perspectives and practices across art, design and urban planning.

Conference Sponsors - ArtsThread

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Arts Thread Portfolio Plug-in

These are the key reasons why we feel the universities/colleges should adopt the Arts Thread Portfolio Plug-in;

  • Institutions use Arts Thread technology to power student portfolio display
  • Clean and searchable layout with filters
  • Infinite number of students and categories – curated by the Institution
  • Cost effective and easy to install
  • Students never miss out on competitions and potential employment

More information here


Testimonial on behalf of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University

Arts Thread has been the most fantastic platform for DMU graduates for a number of years now in promoting our courses, students, projects and guidance with all manner of aspects leading to entering the World of Work and we are proud of our association and the extent of the competitions and opportunities offered.

We are particularly appreciative of the online portfolio plug-in Arts Thread created for us the last two years in support of showcasing our students work and their employment, freelance and sole trader careers.

Conference Venues

The conference is being held at the V&A Dundee and Discovery Point.

Read the V&A Dundee's Accessibility Guide and Heritage Portfolio's Environmental Policy (link opens in new window)

Read Discovery Point's Accessibility Guide (link opens in new window)

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will take place at the Tatha Bar and Kitchen at the V&A Dundee on Wednesday 20 March 2024 at 7pm including bowl food, beer and wine.

This is not a seated dinner and there is no dress code.

The following bowl options will be available to delegates:

  • Shredded confit duck with braised puy lentils, orange, pickled walnut, endive and wholegrain mustard vinaigrette (vegetarian and vegan alternative provided)
  • Cauliflower satay, coconut basmati rice, almonds, coriander and lime (vegan alternative provided)
  • Espresso pavlova with hazelnut praline, Chantilly cream and dark chocolate ganache (vegan alternative provided

Travel Made Easy Guide and Guidance on Travelling Safely

Read our Travel Made Easy Guide which provides detailed information on how to get to Dundee (link opens in new window)

Follow government guidance on travelling safely in the UK and Scotland.

Discounted Flights to/from Dundee with Loganair

Loganair is offering up to 30% off flights to delegates travelling to/from Dundee from London Heathrow (LHR), Sumburgh (LSI) and Kirkwall (KOI) Airports for this conference.

Please book at Loganair.co.uk before 24 March 2024, quoting promotional code ‘CHEAD2024’ at the time of booking, for travel between 12 - 24 March 2024.

Visit Loganair to book (link opens in new window)

Book your Accommodation

DACBRES, the official accommodation booking site for delegates attending the CHEAD Annual Conference 2024, is now closed to new online bookings.

If you are looking for any last-minute accommodation and require assistance, please contact our Accommodation team directly on +44 (0)1382 787 044 or email bookings@dacbres.co.uk  

For a variety of hotels and B&B’s close to the city centre, view our Accommodation Guide (link opens in new window).

Getting around Dundee

Getting around Dundee

Get active out and about in Dundee city. A compact city bursting with places of interest, history, and things to see, it is so easy to get around.

Dundee’s active travel routes in and around the city have been developed over the last few years with a key objective to encourage active travel through walking, cycling and public transport, and deploy sustainable alternatives to decarbonise transport.  Read more on Dundee.com Active Travel website.

Places to Eat and Drink

  • The Maker, 142-146 Perth Rd, Dundee DD1 4JW
  • Jute Cafe Bar, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY
  • Malmaison Dundee Bar & Grill, 44 Whitehall Cres, Dundee DD1 4AY
  • Bird and Bear, 2 Whitehall Cres, Dundee DD1 4AU
  • St Andrews Brewing Co, 2-3 Shore Terrace, Dundee DD1 3AH
  • Piccolo, 210 Perth Rd, Dundee DD1 4JY
  • Rama Thai, 32-34 Dock St, Dundee DD1 3DR
  • Gallery 48, 48 West Port, Dundee DD1 5ER
  • Babujee, 204 Perth Rd, Dundee DD1 4JY

Avoid – MacDaniels and Club Bar (beside Malmaison Hotel)

Useful Maps

City Centre Map

MixMap is a friendly, easy to use, locally produced Dundee map for visitors showcasing the colourful range of independent businesses, attractions and places of interest in Dundee and Broughty Ferry.

We want to help you make the most of your time in our city. Discover great little shops, welcoming restaurants, immersive attractions with MixMap The Dundee Tourist Map (link opens as a pdf document).

Health and Wellbeing Guide

Read our Health and Wellbeing Guide promoting positive health and wellbeing (opens as pdf document).

Our Sustainability Pledge

The CHEAD Annual Conference 2024 aims to minimise the environmental impact of the meeting and contribute towards a safe and healthy environment.

Read our Sustainability Pledge (opens as pdf document)

Photography & Filming

For promotional purposes, photos and video recordings will be taken during the conference.

Delegates who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should advise the organisers in writing prior to the event.

Join the Conversation

Follow us online @CHEAD_UK and join the online conversation on Twitter using our official event hashtag #CHEAD2024.

Engage with our online community during the conference in the following ways:

  • Share your key takeaways using #CHEAD2024
  • Search for #CHEAD2024 on Twitter and engage with other attendees

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