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International Journal of Art & Design Education

Building a Creative Ecosystem – The Young Designers on Location Project

Volume 23.3   2004

DAVIES, DAN; HOWE, ALAN AND HAYWOOD, SUSAN

 

This paper reports on findings from a research project designed to explore ways in which creativity can be fostered through interactions between selected children, particular environments, materials, techniques and key adults. The Young Designers on Location (YDoL) project was funded by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), and brought together selected groups of 11 year-olds with ‘design-related professionals’ (DRPs) to work together intensively for a week in two locations (Bath Spa University College and Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Shropshire) then subsequently in participants’ schools. The findings from case studies of selected individuals within the Bath location include key messages about the quality of environment and relationships in unlocking children’s creativity. The study has exemplified aspects of Harrington’s [1990] model of a ‘creative ecosystem’.