Jana Manuelpillai - Facilitator
Jana has a Masters in museology specialising in museum learning and spent much of his early career in gallery education within the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Mall Galleries -where he initiated their first education programme targeting schools in disenfranchised areas of London. He has recently provided consultancy to the Estorick Collection, Ben Uri Museum, Westminster Abbey and Action Space, a charity for artists with disabilities.
Jess Nash - Facilitator
Jess is an illustrator and workshop facilitator. With a background in art and education she has devised workshops across the UK for cultural organisations including Refugee Week and Dulwich Picture Gallery. Jess continues to work with labs, museums and galleries nationwide creating workshops for both children and adults and loves being part of the iOi team.
Karien Stroucken - Programmes Manager: Lab
As an experienced project & programmer manager, Karien specialises in bringing to life projects that combine creativity, technology and education. She was formerly General Manager of the Creative Learning Lab, Waag Society, Amsterdam and is founder of the Tipping Point Network.
Professor Alison Gopnik
Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, USA
Professor Alison Gopnik delivered the inaugural Institute of Imagination lecture: watch the lecture on YouTube
Dame Mary Marsh
Founding Chief Executive of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, 2008 – 2015, Former Chief Executive of the NSPCC, Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank plc
Michael Morpurgo OBE
Author, playwright and former Children’s Laureate
Sir Ken Robinson (2015 - 2020)
Author, speaker and international adviser on education and creativity, Sir Ken had been Patron of the Institute since early 2014. His encouragement and ideas were a constant source of inspiration for us, and he was so generous with his time and energy. Together with many in the cultural and education sectors, we will be working to take forward the values and principles which Sir Ken championed so effectively, but in particular that which defines us as humans – our power to imagine.
Here, Sir Ken Robinson shares his thoughts on the power of imagination and launch of our Imagination Lab: watch the video on YouTube
Artist and Turner Prize winner
“How are we developing our imaginations in this increasingly mediated, screen-based sedentary world, where play is a button to press? Our aim is to restore a sense of wonder at life’s possibilities; enabling people to discover things about themselves that they wouldn’t find in any other way.”
Professor Mick Waters
Professor of Education, President of the Curriculum Foundation
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