Events & Conferences* Festival of Creativity
Festival of Creativity
University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool (map)

This year Lincoln is hosting its first Festival of Creativity, a four-week festival showcasing and celebrating the emerging creative talent in the city. 

Organised by the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts, the festival is bringing together a wide range of disciplines through a series of exhibitions, talks and performances for everyone to enjoy. 

Final year students from across the College will celebrate the culmination of three years of study, sharing their work in respective degree shows in venues across the city, from art exhibitions and fashion shows to interactive displays and theatrical performances. 

The festival also includes a number of signature events, with talks and advice from leading creative industry experts exploring the wider debate about the importance of the arts in contemporary society. 


Signature Events

Sir John Hegarty – 'Sitting on a bean bag doesn't make you creative'


  Tuesday 16 May

  1:00pm - 2:30 pm

  SLB0006, Stephen Langton Building, University of Lincoln (map)

Creativity isn’t an occupation. It’s a preoccupation. It invents, perfects and defines our world. It explains and entertains us. But what drives creativity? Inspires it? Sustains it? In this talk from of the world’s most famous advertising creatives, Sir John Hegarty will discuss a range of brilliant and provocative insights into creativity and the creative process. After the talk, copies of his latest book 'Hegarty on Creativity – there are no rules' will be available to purchase for £5.

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Creative Strategies for Graduate Success


  Wednesday 17 May

  7:00pm - 9:00 pm

  LPAC Auditorium (map)

Organised by Fine & Performing Arts

What does it take to succeed in a competitive employment market in the creative arts? A series of practitioner-led presentations will help unlock the secrets.

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Science + Creativity = History and Heritage


  Wednesday 17 May

  10:00am - 4:00 pm

  Conservation Science Lab (First floor - Art, Architecture & Design East) (map)

Organised by History & Heritage

The event will bring together four projects taking place in the school that make creative use of scientific techniques and instruments to inform our understanding of the past. Through 4 introductory talks we shall look at fingerprints and forensics in medieval England, digital conservation and the possibilities offered by virtual/augmented reality, measuring the impact of climate change on historic monuments, and the analysis of ancient glass on the Silk Road and of wallpaper and paint in modern heritage sites.

Introductory TalksTimes
Making medieval wax and seals 10am-11am
A Study of early vitreous materials from Eastern Mediterranean to Central Eurasia 11am-11:30am
The use of integrated Imaging techniques for the investigation of mural paintings 11:30am-12pm
Implications of climate change for the conservation of cultural heritage 12pm-1pm

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Richard Coyne: ‘Melancholy and the creative outsider’


  Friday 19 May

  10:00 am - 12:00pm

  AAD0W25, Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Art, Architecture and Design Building (map)

Organised by Architecture

Melancholy is in the company of long-distance travel, affective ambivalence, self-reflection and irony. It is been described as a meta-mood, and the mood against which others might be compared. I draw on film, art, mobile communications, digital photography and emerging social media practices to reinforce some cultural connections between melancholy and creativity.

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Creative Processes in Online Collaboration – OnCreate Symposium in conjunction with co_LAB


  Saturday 27 May

  Registration 09:00am - 10:00am for 10:00 am - 6:00pm Symposium

  Stephen Langton Building (Lecture Theatre, Foyer; SLB0006, SLB0001)  (map)

Organised by Film & Media

Keynote: Tom Roope, Creative Lead at Google

Tom Roope co-founded Anitrom and is an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry. He is in the BIMA Digital Hall of Fame and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Lincoln in 2015. OnCreate explores the exchange, implementation and evaluation of processual and contextual knowledge of online collaborative courses with focus on creation and innovation.

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‘I’m MAD as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore’ – Creatively Making A Difference


  Tuesday 6 June

  1:00pm - 3:00pm

  AAD0W25, Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Art, Architecture and Design Building (map)

Organised by Design

Featuring 5 leading international thinkers, designers, technologists and entrepreneurs, this panel will discuss different ways that creativity becomes social innovation and will launch a global opportunity for student creative innovation.

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