Penny Hay is an artist and educator. Penny is part-time Senior Lecturer in Arts Education at Bath Spa University and Director of Research for 5x5x5=creativity, an arts research charity. Previously Penny was a primary teacher and lecturer in arts education at Goldsmiths College, the Institute of Education, University of London, at Roehampton Institute and the University of the West of England. Penny has worked extensively in arts education across the UK, co-ordinated the professional development programme and co-designed the Artist teacher Scheme on behalf of the National Society for Education in Art and Design culminating in the first summer school at Tate Modern. She integrates her experience in arts and education with participative action research engaging individuals, institutions and communities. Her doctoral research is focused on how, as adults, we support childrenâ€™s identity as artists. Penny is a parent governor and active in supporting childrenâ€™s rights. She is an elected Fellow of the RSA and recently won an award from Action for Childrenâ€™s Arts for her contribution to arts education.
5x5x5=creativity is an independent, arts-based action research organisation with charitable status that supports children and young people in their exploration and expression of ideas, helping them develop creative skills for life. Groups of 5 artists, 5 educational settings and 5 cultural centres work in triangles to collect evidence of creativity and how best to support it. 5x5x5=creativity helps improve childrenâ€™s life chances by developing their confidence in themselves as creative learners and thinkers whilst inspiring higher levels of motivation and engagement in their learning. Since 2000, 5x5x5 has worked with over 180 settings across 10 Local Authorities. 5x5x5=creativity is now a nationally recognised and highly regarded long-term research project of vitality and innovation, influencing practice across the South West and beyond. Throughout the research there has been a transformation of practice in classrooms and across whole schools.