Inclusive Creativity: Digital Practices, 31st May 2017

Inclusive Creativity: Digital Practices (Hearts of STEM 2017) is a public symposium/mini-conference which is being organised by Dr Brendan McCloskey, Prof. Frank Lyons and Dr Brian Bridges, at Ulster University, Magee campus on May 31st 2017. The event is being held in association with the Walled City Music Festival with support from Garfield Weston (for the Hearts of STEM 2017 programme) and Calouste Gulbenkian (for the Inclusive Creativity project).

The event is FREE to anyone interested in inclusion within the arts, education and community sectors. Booking is via Eventbrite.

Further details can be found on the event Facebook page, the presenters page, and at the links below.

Confirmed Presenters and Artists

Further details on presenters can be found here.

Abstracts for the presentations will be updated here.


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All symposium events will be held at the Foyle Arts Building (MQ building), Magee campus (click link for full campus map).

See here for information on visiting Derry.

(Note: Some associated concert events will be held at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin as part of the Walled City Music Festival.)

Schedule outline:

Venue: MQ building (Foyle Arts Building), Magee campus (Lawrence Hill entrance)

9.30 am  Arrival: tea and coffee, registration

9.45 am Welcome and Introduction, Prof. Frank Lyons (Associate Dean of Research and Impact, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Ulster University)

10.00 am Keynote 1:

John Kelly: a disabled musician, writer, actor and active campaigner for disability rights, currently working with Drake Music on Research & Development.


Charles Matthews: electronic musician and instrument designer, Drake Music

11.00 am Talks session 1

  • Talk 1: Denise White (Ulster University)
  • Talk 2: Koichi Samuels (musician and electronic music producer with interests in HCI and hacker/maker culture, PhD graduate of QUB)

12.00 pm Break

12.15 pm Soundwalk (departs from outside Foyle Arts Building) with London–based sound artist Lisa Hall

1.15 pm Lunch (Foyle Arts Building)

2.15 pm Talks session 2

  • Shane Byrne (composer and instrument designer, Maynooth University)
  • Prof. Eva Brooks (Director of XLab, Aalborg University)

3.15 pm: Break

3.30 Keynote 2: Prof. Tony Brooks, Aalborg University

4.30 pm Panel discussion (all presenters)

5.15 pm: Break

5.30 pm Soundwalk (departs from outside Foyle Arts Building) with London–based sound artist Lisa Hall

Further details can also be found on our Facebook event page.


Thursday 1st June: OPEN WORKSHOP

11.30 – 12.30 Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Great James Street

Open workshop: making and playing digital musical instruments using sensors and controllers



Friday 2nd June: CONCERT

4 pm Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Great James Street

NonZeroSum Ensemble: Acoustronic & Benyounes String Quartet

As part of the Walled City Music Festival’s Inclusive Creativity, the NonZeroSum Ensemble premieres Frank Lyons’ new composition NonZeroSum (based on concepts from game theory) alongside George Crumb’s iconic 1970’s work, Black Angels, for amplified string quartet, in addition to other music from Derry’s Acoustronic Ensemble.  Combining acoustic and amplified instruments with new technology, a stimulating, intense and surprising listening experience is in prospect!

Tickets £11 (first come, first served free admission for students on the day), if booking, see here.