Building on the deep creative heritage of UCD arts and humanities, the creative energy of Dublin, and the
international cultural reputation of Ireland, Engaged Creativity seeks to nurture talent development, to foster
experimentation and collaboration, and to create cross- sectoral and international partnerships with the aim of
establishing a new approach to innovation and enterprise in the arts and humanities. This theme incorporates
innovative approaches to creative practice as research and foregrounds the impact and relevance of the arts
and humanities.

Engaged Creativity seeks to develop a creative/critical ecosystem based at UCD which
intersects with government, business, and industry through research, teaching, public impact and
engagement. The UCD Arts and Humanities Creative Fellows will form the backbone of a high-profile advisory
Board of external members for this theme.

Theme Members


Projects, News and Events

Applications are open for the Joseph M. Hassett Creativity Bursary

Applications are open for the Joseph M. Hassett Creativity Bursary. Deadline 2 May 2022.

UCD launches a new BA in Creative & Cultural Industries

UCD launched a new BA Creative & Cultural Industries in the Humanities programme. It was created and led by the School of Art History and Cultural Policy. It is supported by the Creative Futures Academy, a €10 million HEA-funded project. Read more here.

The inaugural UCD Creative Fellows Mentoring Programme 2021: A Year in Review

Artists and creative industry leaders joined forces with the College of Arts and Humanities this year to create the inaugural UCD Creative Fellow student mentorship programme. Find out more

Seminar Series - September 2021

UCD School of Art History & Cultural Policy publishes its Autumn 2021 Research Seminar Online Series

The Museum of Ancient History at UCD

A new exhibition in the UCD Classical Museum co-curated by Pádraic E. Moore and Jo Day (link to CMS) will open December 2021

Picturing People: LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography

You are invited to an online talk with Dr Kate Bussard, UCD Visiting Professor, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, and Peter C. Bunnell, Curator of Photography at the Princeton University Art Museum.

UCD welcomes Artists-in-Residence Mark O’Halloran, Jenny Jennings and Dónal Lunny

UCD Arts and Humanities has welcomed three new Artists-in-Residence to the Creative Futures Academy. Mark O’Halloran joins as Screenwriter-in-Residence, Jenny Jennings joins as Artistic Director-in-Residence; and Dónal Lunny will be Musician-in-Residence.

Christodoulos Makris awarded the inaugural Joseph M Hassett Creativity Bursary

We are delighted to announce that the poet Christodoulos Makris has been awarded the inaugural Joseph M. Hassett Creativity Bursary (Poetry) 2021-22.


Louise Allen will take up the role of Programme Director of The Creative Futures Academy in March 2021.

NCAD, IADT and UCD secures €10m award for Creative Futures Academy

The funding award was made by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD, under the HEA Human Capital Initiative.

'What is Creativity?' series announced

‘What is Creativity?’ is a series of four engaging talks and performances by leading practitioners across a range of creative disciplines, asking questions around the meaning of creativity in its broadest possible sense. Issues to be considered include: the opportunities and challenges of the digital age; sustaining creativity in an age of precarity; and the future of the traditional arts in an age of technology.

UCD Creative Fellows inaugural meeting,

UCD was honoured to welcome home 19 alumni for the inaugural meeting of the first-ever UCD Creative Fellows group, chaired by Associate Professor P.J. Mathews, UCD School of English, Drama and Film, sponsored by Professor Sarah Prescott, Principal, UCD College of Arts and Humanities.

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