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 worked with Tweedmouth Middle School and St Cuthbert’s First School. Activities included artists 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 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 at Berwick Museum & Art Gallery which was held from 11 to 14 July 2018.
 
Continuing professional development sessions for participating teachers have been delivered by Northumbria University’s Fine Art Department and these run throughout the programme. Peer sharing sessions will be 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 Stage 2 of the programme.
 
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. A brief summary of Stage 1 of the programme can be viewed here.
 
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.
 
For more information please contact Val Tobiass, Schools Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator, Berwick Visual Arts and The Maltings.
 
 
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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