House of Imagination provides a range of spaces for children and young people to collaborate with creative professionals -it is a home for improvisation, creativity and innovation and a place to make those things visible to an international audience through research.
House of Imagination (HOI) is a research organisation with a focus on children’s and young people’s creative and critical thinking. In practice HOI uses action research to plan and deliver innovative programmes that enable children to shape their lives through creative activity and schools to change their practices through professional development and school-based activity. At its heart is co-enquiry between children, teachers and creative professionals. HOI is driven by a desire for change in both children’s lives and in schools, focusing on an exploration of the possibilities that creativity offers. Children need more opportunities to develop their creativity and to experiment and teachers need more support to integrate these skills. Through research and dissemination HOI provides evidence for change and helps to build a strong cultural ecology that in turn supports children, schools and creative professionals.
Our intended outcomes:
Through creative education workshops and events, CPDL, public dissemination and partnership work, and as part of our wider approach to education across and beyond the curriculum, HOI aims to enhance the lives of children and young people, as well as those of teachers, creative artists, audiences and other participants, aiming to increase:
• Resilience and self-confdence
• Courage and creative risk-taking
• Innovative and critical thinking