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

About Unlocked: Creativity and Culture for Positive Change

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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

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.

Conference Programme

Tuesday 19 March 2024

  • 13:30   Conference Welcome, Prof David McGravie & Prof Anita Taylor
  • 14.00   Keynote: Charles Landry
  • 15.15   Panel Discussion
  • 17:00   Annual General Meeting & Walking Tours
  • 18:30   Pecha Kucha & reception

Wednesday 20 March 2024

  • 09:30   Keynote
  • 10.00   Panel Discussion
  • 11.30   Breakout sessions
  • 13.00   Lunch
  • 14.00   Breakout sessions
  • 17.00   Walking tour options
  • 19:00   Conference reception and dinner

Thursday 21 March 2024

  • 09.30   Keynote
  • 10:00   CHEAD Alliance Showcase
  • 11.00   Refreshment break
  • 11.30   Plenary
  • 12.30   Close

Key Features

  • Pecha Kucha & evening reception
  • Keynote speakers
  • Walking Tours
  • CHEAD Alliance Showcase

Breakout sessions including:

  • In-GEAR (Intersectional Gender Equality in the Arts Research)
  • V&A design thinking
  • Research Expo, Cooper Gallery
  • Design Council: Embed systemic and regenerative design into HE

Conference Announcements

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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)

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Conference Dinner

The Conference Reception and Dinner will take place within the V&A Dundee on Wednesday 20 March 2024.


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.

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Book your Accommodation

DACBRES is the official accommodation booking site for delegates attending the CHEAD Annual Conference 2024.

Dundee City Region Convention Bureau is working with the organising committee to manage accommodation for this event.

An allocation of rooms at guaranteed rates and terms have been secured with a variety of providers close to the conference and social venues.

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We look forward to welcoming you to Dundee!

Getting around Dundee and City Centre Map

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.

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 (coming soon)

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

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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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