Name of the institution
Bath Spa University (UK)
Newton Park, Bath BA2 9BN, UK
Official e.mail address
Year of the project
2014 ongoing
Project coordinator(s)
Dr Penny Hay, Andrew Grant RDI
Partnerships with other institutions
Grant Associates and House of Imagination (co-founders), Bath Spa University, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, RSA and Imaginnovation, National Trust, Bathscape, Holburne Museum, Egg Theatre, the Arts Council England, Grant Associates and GALA
Duration of the project
other (fill out)
Category of participants
All ages
Number of participants
Fields of experience
Type(s) of experience
didactic activity/atelier
cultural institution (museum, theatre...)
Aims of the project (3 max)
  • Celebrating imagination, the arts and nature connection
  • Imaginative solutions to the ecological emergency
  • Working with artists as role models through a creative pedagogy
  • Enquiry based learning and creative reflection


Basic knowledge
Artists co-design imaginative solutions to the ecological emergency;
Children express their thoughts ideas and feelings through creative arts practice, working alongside artists;
Schools develop understanding of creative pedagogies in city spaces, profiling agency and relationships in learning
Elaboration process
Creative arts processes and practice have been developed with participants;
Creative and imaginative learning has demonstrated the transformational power of the arts;
Educators are more confident with child-informed learning;
Cultural centres (theatre and museums) are fully engaged in the partnership
Children have had the opportunity to find and follow their fascinations;
Students and teachers have developed freedom of expression, without prescriptive models of learning
Participants co-created a shared space for enquiry and collaboration;
Artists invited the children to focus on their own interests and curiosities;
Artists worked together to co-design a creative learning invitation for families
Use of different sensory channels
All arts learning experiences have been multisensory. We created a space of dialogue for participants to discuss their shared creative processes
Use of the body
Learning is embodied in spaces of enquiry;
participants moved freely around the spaces
Use of the language (oral expression)
We encourage oral expression through communication, sharing and reflection;
Students share their creative processes with artists and reflect on their experiences together
Use of written artistic resources (graphic expression)
Students, artists and educators keep a reflective journal to document their won creative processes
Performative approach

Creative learning processes are developed with students, artists and educators We prioritise a public creative pedagogy, sharing our learning in the public realm


Narrative approach

Visual narrative involves:

  • exhibitions
  • high quality documentation
  • articles and case studies
  • newsletters, blogs, social networks
  • websites of all partners


Playful approach
Emphasis is on playful, imaginative expression in and through the arts;
Spaces for dialogue and reflection are created to share learning
Emphasis is on the process not the outcomes;
Creative learning in creative environments;
Positive and empowering relationships between artists, children and educators;
Innovative approaches to pedagogy;
Involvement of cultural centres in community of practice
Soft skills
creative thinking
Brief description of the project
Forest of Imagination is a partnership between Grant Associates, House of Imagination,
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Bath Spa University, working alongside the creative,
cultural and educational community of Bath. Each year we re-imagine a familiar space to
highlight the importance of nature and imagination in all our lives.
Forest of Imagination is an inclusive, creative community arts event. Convening artists,
creative professionals and families across a range of spaces, we collectively respond to the
climate emergency with imaginative, creative solutions and actions.
Description of the activity
  • Artists work with schools and settings to co-design installations
  • Forest of Imagination team co-designs a learning invitation for children / teachers / educators alongside artists
Description of the activity
  • Residencies in schools to co-design installations
  • Artists and children work together to develop ideas
Description of the activity
  • 3-4 weeks of exhibition, performances and installations
  • School visits and creative workshops
  • Professional development for teachers
Results of the project (3 max)
Forest of Imagination invites imaginative and aesthetic responses to the climate emergency;
Children develop their artistic sensibilities and awareness of climate change;
New spaces of possibility emerge for students’ creative enquiries, expression and reflections
Continuity of the project over the years

All art forms

Materials used

All media

Artifacts produced

Exhibition, film and case studies