Artswork Out and About in October

Date Created: 31st Oct 2019

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Artwork is privileged to be part of many great partnerships and over the last month team members have attended or spoken at some inspiring events…


Building cultural capital in Isle of Wight schools

Over 50 teachers from 25 Isle of Wight schools took part in an energising curriculum conference organised by the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership on 11 October.

Hosted by Oakfield CE Primary School, the day was launched by children from Gurnard Primary Schools with a confident and professional performance of extracts from ‘Matilda The Musical’ – a piece they had rehearsed with professionals from Royal Shakespeare Company and The Mayflower Theatre as part of a recent collaboration. This set the scene for a full day of in-depth CPD was facilitated by renowned educationalist, Professor Mick Waters who led attendees on an engaging journey of exploration into how arts, heritage or cultural experiences can lead to deep, embedded learning that richly enhances pupil outcomes.

Other speakers during the day included The Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Paul Brading, who spoke with passion about the Island’s unique cultural offer and the great opportunity it offers to local schools. Teachers chose from a range of short, impactful workshops on topics including: curriculum design; STEM to STEAM; Artsmark and Arts Award.  Throughout the day, participants had access to information exchange and networking via a marketplace showcasing the work of Isle of Wight schools and cultural and heritage organisations.

The event was brought to a close with a thoughtful summary of key themes from Arts Council England’s South West Relationship Manager for Children and Young People, Rajni Patel.

The event formed part of the Lift the Lid on Island Culture project, Supported with investment from Arts Council England, Isle of Wight Council and Artswork, the South East Bridge.


Arbib Education Trust Conference at Langley Academy

The Arbib Education Trust ran a conference on 11th October 2019 at The Langley Academy –  which is a new build school with a great atrium used to hang and display large museum objects.

“Curiosity, Exploration Discovery: A broad and balanced curriculum that grows Cultural Capital”

After introductions by Rhodri Bryant Exec Principal the Arbib Education Trust Dr Penny Hay gave a creative talk about the role of creativity and the arts within a broad and balanced curriculum and the benefits of creative learning and creative teaching. She talked about the child’s right to a creative and cultural life and illustrated her talk with examples from Reggio Emilio, School without walls at the Egg , Bath, 5X5X5= creativity (The House of imagination)

Mary Myatt gave a thought provoking talk around curiosity, concepts and conversations. She talked about the quality of talk in classrooms and the importance of thinking beyond just the subjects offered in a school as the curriculum. She talked about the entitlement for children as an appropriate curriculum for all. She said when asked pupils said that they wanted more demanding work. Humans are a challenge seeking species. Pupils need to be faced with high challenge and low threat.

Student speakers, head girl and head boy talked about their experiences at Langley academy.

The afternoon was spent in workshops and Artswork Strategic Manager Dr Ruth Taylor ran a workshop with Jenny Blay (head of Museum Learning, Langley Academy) on clarifying intention, implementation and impact of activities and the value Artsmark brings to this work.


Artswork at the Hampshire Music Hub’s 2019 conference, ‘Unlocking Potential’

On Friday 25 October, Artswork had the pleasure of meeting and working with around a hundred music educators at the Hampshire Music Hub’s 2019 conference, ‘Unlocking Potential’ at the Ageas Bowl.

This was a great way to mark a growing relationship with the Hub, which has stepped up to become lead organisation in Hampshire Cultural Education Partnership, a collaboration which we support and invest in. Artswork hosted a stand in the conference’s ‘Interactive Zone’ which showcased not only the Artsmark and Arts Award programmes but also some of the rich offers to schools from arts organisations in the CEP, such as Anvil Arts and Soco Music Project.

An inspiring keynote from Simon Allen, a leading UK jazz musician and educator, set the tone for a valuable series of discussions and workshops on music education and the importance of enabling progression routes for young people today.

Artswork’s Lorraine Cheshire led a discussion session ‘Unlocking Potential with Arts Award’ which enabled teachers to explore how this unique qualification scheme can be used to develop independent, creative learners, support student achievement and demonstrate commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum.



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