Dr Penny Hay is an artist and educator, Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries; Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, School of Education, Bath Spa University; Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning, and Director of Research, House of Imagination (formerly 5x5x5=creativity).
Signature projects include School Without Walls, House of Imagination and Forest of Imagination. Penny’s doctoral research focused on how we support children’s learning identity as artists.
Penny coordinates the SW Creative Education Network, is a member of the Policy, Pedagogy and Practice Research Centre at Bath Spa University, RSA Innovative Education Network, Cultural Learning Alliance, HundrED and Crafts Council Learning Advisory Groups and Visiting Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art.
Penny is Co-Investigator on the AHRC Global Challenges Research project ‘Rethinking waste and the logics of disposability: Compound 13 Lab’ in Mumbai.
Penny was awarded by Action for Children’s Arts for her contribution to arts education and by Creative Bath for her work in creative education.
As part of the Forest of Imagination project in September 2021, The Living Tree was installed at The Egg Theatre in collaboration with artist/filmmaker Andrew Amondson and Architect Alexandre-Ekobena. See the project come to life below with a short impression film from Andrew Amondson, with music by Cosmo Sheldrake.