Stuart MacDonald
Title: Professor
First Name: Stuart
Surname: MacDonald OBE
Position: Emeritus Professor, Gray’s School of Art

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Stuart is an industrial associate/associate researcher within the IDEAS Research Institute as the director of Creative Frontline - - his company specialising in creativity, design and innovation.

Academic Background

Stuart was Head of Gray’s School of Art (2006-2009): Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Strathclyde (2010 -2011); and member of the Humanities Panel of the European Science Foundation (2012 - 2013). He is currently a PhD supervisor at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn.

Research Interests / Professional Background

Stuart’s research and consultancy is centred on the creative economy and the desegregation of art, design, environment and education. He is concerned with the social, economic and cultural impacts and policies that affect the above relationship and the development of new, cross-cutting business models for the Creative and Cultural Industries that enable artists and designers to widen their engagement, particularly through exhibitions, curatorship and new educational practices.

Additional Information / Media work / Funding

Recent projects and clients include: Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS), the British Council, Community Learning Development Standards Council for Scotland, Creative City Challenge (pilot project European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009), Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the University of Strathclyde. Stuart is currently a member of the British Council Creative Economy Unit Pool of Experts.

Professional Body Membership

  • Honorary Fellow, Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow, National Society for Education in Art and Design
  • Member, Editorial Executive, International Journal of Education Through Art

Key Publications

2013 MacDonald S., Designing Engagement: The New Edge, in: Jokula T. Ed., (2013), COOL – Applied Visual Arts in the North, Series C Overviews and Discussion 41, University of Lapland ISBN 978-952-484-638-7 ISSN 1236-9616

2013 MacDonald S. (Guest Editor) International Journal of Education Through Art, Vol 9 No 2

2013 MacDonald S., Beyond the Creative Industries, International Journal of Education Through Art, Vol. 9 No.3

2012 MacDonald S., Designs on Democracy: Architecture and Design in Scotland Post Devolution, Winchester, Zero Books

2012 MacDonald S., Tools for Community: Ivan Illich’s Legacy, International Journal of Education Through Art, Vol. 8 No.2

2012 Applied Creativity, Arts Education and the Cultural Economy, Tales from the North 2012 Conference, Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, Inari, Lapland, Finland.

2011 Surburbanomics - Creativity and Innovation at the Edge, Future Development of Suburbs Lecture Series: International Approaches, Ideas and Experiences combined with National Knowledge, University of Helsinki, Finland

2011 Joined Up Creativity: Scotland’s Rural Creative Economy, Opening Keynote, Creative Rural Economy Conference, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

2011 Opening Keynote, Chinese Institute of Engineers’ Centennial Conference, National Taiwan University of Technology (NTUT), Taipei, Taiwan