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, Berwick Visual Arts have worked closely with four North Northumberland schools on a visual arts learning and engagement programme which started in April 2018 and finished in December 2019. The project aimed 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.
 
The Create Aspire Transform Programme full evaluation report can be downloaded here.
 
The Create Aspire Transform Programme summary report can be downloaded here.
 
For more information please contact Val Tobiass, Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator (Schools), Berwick Visual Arts and The Maltings.
 
Programme Overview
 
During the first phase of the Create, Aspire, Transform North Northumberland Schools Cultural Education Leadership Programme, BVA worked with Tweedmouth Middle School and St Cuthbert’s First School. Activities included an artist working in both schools over the course of a week and pupils visited BALTIC in Gateshead during the Great Exhibition of the North during the summer 2018. Teachers undertook CPD training led by Northumbria University and a joint schools exhibition called Sense of Place was held at Berwick Museum & Art Gallery.
 
All the Year 7’s at Tweedmouth Middle School worked with artist Louise Bradley who introduced them to printmaking. Whilst artist Sally Madge introduced sculpture to St Cuthbert’s First School pupils, working across school from Year 1 up to Year 4. The pupils had introductory days working with Louise and Sally in preparation for the full week held towards the end of the summer term. They also visited galleries and carried 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 returned. The schools had a joint exhibition of their work showing the work of 125 pupils at Berwick Museum & Art Gallery which was held from 11 to 14 July 2018.
 
Continuing professional development sessions for participating teachers were delivered by Northumbria University’s Fine Art Department and these ran throughout the programme. Peer sharing sessions were organised with teachers in other schools to extend the learning. In September 2018 two new schools; Spittal First School and Holy Trinity First School joined Phase 2 of the programme. 
 
Phase 2 of the programme involved four artists Paul Merrick, Louise Bradley, Nicola Lynch and Graham Patterson working with the four participating schools and 381 pupils during May and June 2019. A second Sense of Place exhibition was held at The Gymnasium Gallery from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 June 2019, more information about the activity and exhibition of the second stage can be found here.
 
The Arts Based Learning Explore and Test grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation encourages evaluation and reflection by all participants. The programme aimed to increase the confidence and appetite of teachers to organise cultural engagement programmes across their schools and the impact has been evaluated as the programme progressed. The full evaluation report and summary can be downloaded from the links above.
 
The North Northumberland programme has built on the work developed with local schools over the past five years supported by Northumberland County Council including termly Creative Schools Cluster sessions for all teachers and their school colleagues.
 
 
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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