Create, Aspire, Transform: North Northumberland Schools Cultural Education Leadership Programme


Create, Aspire, Transform: North Northumberland Schools Cultural Education Leadership Programme

As a result of securing project funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, BVA are working closely with four North Northumberland schools on a visual arts learning and engagement programme running until the end of 2019. The project aims to support teachers and pupils to work with visual arts in new ways and for some, to engage with visual artists and galleries for the very first time.
 
During the first stage of the Create, Aspire, Transform North Northumberland Schools Cultural Education Leadership Programme, BVA is working with Tweedmouth Middle School and St Cuthbert’s First School. Activities include artists working in schools for a week, pupil visits to BALTIC in Gateshead during the Great Exhibition of the North this summer, training for teachers led by Northumbria University and a joint schools exhibition.
 
All the Year 7’s at Tweedmouth Middle School will be working with artist Louise Bradley who is introducing them to printmaking. Whilst artist Sally Madge will be introducing sculpture to St Cuthbert’s First School pupils, working across school from Year 1 up to Year 4. The pupils have already had an introductory day working with Louise and Sally in preparation for the full week towards the end of the summer term. In the meantime, they are visiting galleries and carrying out research on the theme of a Sense of Place; collecting information, thinking about their school, their home and their locality ready for when the artists return. The schools will have a joint exhibition of the work they create at Berwick Museum & Art Gallery from 11 to 14 July 2018.
 
Continuing professional development sessions for participating teachers delivered by Northumbria University’s Fine Art Department run throughout the programme. Peer sharing sessions will be organised with teachers in other schools to extend the learning. 
 
The Arts Based Learning Explore and Test grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation encourages evaluation and reflection by all participants. The programme aims to increase the confidence and appetite of teachers to organise cultural engagement programmes across their schools and the impact is being evaluated as the programme progresses.
 
The North Northumberland programme is building on work developed with local schools over the past three years supported by Northumberland Arts Development including termly Creative Schools Cluster sessions for all teachers and their school colleagues.
 
There are places for two more schools to join the second stage of the programme which starts in September 2018, schools interested should contact Val Tobiass, Schools Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator, Berwick Visual Arts and The Maltings to find out more. 
 
 
Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.
 
Their mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. They have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.
 

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