CEO Statement – Friday 5th June 2020

Date Created: 5th Jun 2020

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As we enter another new month of change and challenge and while we continue to respond to immediate needs, we are also striving to keep thinking about the future and the importance of hope. 

We hope that all of you and your families are keeping well;  we hope that out of this time we can take the learning from the good and the not-so-good in order to improve our own practice; and we hope that what we do next will continue to empower children and young people and further enhance their lives and education.  At this time of immense global challenge, it is crucial too that we remember our values and the fundamental importance of equality and inclusion across all our areas of work.  

Like many of you, we are evolving.  The whole Artswork team is totally committed and working hard to ensure we continue to work through partnerships – and that together we can continue to support children, young people and those working with them.   

Below is an update on the work we are currently undertaking to and build resources, infrastructures and opportunities to support you and your work with children and young people.

  • We’ve adapted a number of our most popular Artswork Professional Development courses for online delivery, along with introducing new training sessions specifically focusing on how arts organisations are working with children and young people in the current climate. These are designed to support organisations needing new approaches and guidance around online safeguarding, and we have received great feedback from those that have already attended. https://artswork.org.uk/training-events/  
  • Artswork is fundraising and working with partners across the south east to give creative packs to children and young people in challenging circumstances #givingtocreate. https://artswork.org.uk/about-us/support-us-current-covid-19-crisis/. Artswork is also part of Arts Council England’s ‘Let’s Create’ Initiative, which is delivering arts resources and packs to the most vulnerable children across England.  This will result in an additional 3000 packs in the South East, thanks to the National Lottery.    
  • We are currently asking all arts and creative organisations to update/register their offer and profile on connectingwithculture.com as we aim to share and promote offers with schools. https://connectingwithculture.com  
  • Our resources library contains lots of practical case studies and toolkits – the search function will help focus your search for example ‘digital’ https://artswork.org.uk/resources  
  • We are working with the leads of each of our current investment programmes to talk about revisions needed in the light of COVID-19 and to ensure ongoing high quality work as children and young people come through and out of lockdown.  
  • Our Wellbeing blog continues   Artswork’s staff are sharing hints and tips (tried and tested).  
  • Our ongoing Bridge and ENYAN newsletters aim to share key guidance and the lastest news  https://artswork.org.uk/about-us/our-newsletters/  
  • Finally, I have delayed my planned departure from Artswork in order to ensure quality hand-over with Artswork’s future CEO – more news to follow about this shortly. 

If you have any concerns, questions or thoughts around what support and advice would be of most benefit to you at the present time, please do get in touch with a member of the Artswork team or email info@artswork.org.uk and we will make sure your email reaches the right people.   

Very best wishes and keep well. 

Jane Bryant

Chief Executive

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