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Behind the Scenes of Artistic Creativity

Processes of Learning, Creating and Organising

Tatiana Chemi, Julie Borup Jensen and Lone Hersted

Throughout the literature of creative learning, many assumptions and even stereotypes about the artists’ creativity are nurtured, often according to myths going back to the Romanticism. The authors have been investigating and describing outstanding artists’ creativity and learning/working processes, asking the question: how do artists create, learn, and organise their work? This book explores these questions by means of original empirical data (interviews with 22 artists) and theoretical research in the field of the arts and creativity from a learning perspective. Findings shed an original light on how artists learn and create, and how their creative learning and change processes come about, for instance when facilitating and leading creative processes.
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Chapter 12: For Leaders Concerned with Creativity


The present chapter builds upon thoughts on leadership presented by the interviewed artists themselves and draws from their perspectives the outline of a new movement in leadership based on a more relational approach than currently dominant (for relational leading see Hosking, Gergen & Dachler 1995, Hosking 2010, Cunliffe & Eriksen 2011, Hersted & Gergen 2013). We have structured this material into a series of sub-themes, but in practice they are closely related to each other. The central sub-themes in this chapter concern: leading and motivating within the arts, creating frames for the creative process, the challenge of deadlines and goals, nurturing a collaborative climate, the role of recognition and leading for creativity in a relational perspective.

In general, the leadership literature has paid little attention to artistic leadership - ways of leading and organising within artistic environments. We believe there is great potential here and that leaders, consultants, change agents and educators in general can gain inspiration from artistic leaders, specifically in terms of building up creative, collaborative working and learning environments. It is our hope that the insights from our research will inspire the readers to stimulate and foster more effective and creative collaborations in their own professional areas outside the world of artists, even though the general work conditions and organisational context might differ significantly from the world of the arts.

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