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Past Programmes

Building strategic alliances, we specialise in advocating for change and delivering positive outcomes for children and young people. We also act as a source of inspiration and practical support for those engaging with young people, enhancing their expertise and building bridges between cultural and educational organisations to strengthen infrastructure, facilitate partnerships, and sustain access... Read More »

A Strong Voices Project: Duffle Coats on Parade

A project Strong Voices facilitated with Priory School, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, British fashion icons and duffle coat designers Gloverall, and textile artist Ami Lowman. Plain duffle coats were customised with bespoke designs by pupils, with the project culminating in a fashion shoot on board the historic setting of HMS Victory in... Read More »

A Strong Voices Project: Park Community School

Making Space invited sculptor Chris Jenkins to work with Year 9 GCSE Art & Design pupils from Park Community School on a project constructing 3D art works. The aim was to engage pupils in handling and experiencing new materials and to use their imaginations to reuse found materials for their own creations. The project was broken down into three mini projects - masks, models and... Read More »

Archive: Strong Voices – Respect in Colour project

The Respect in Colour project was established to engage hard to reach young people with arts activities and provide them with transition opportunities into the arts, giving them the access they would not normally have. Pompey in the Community's Respect Programme wanted the project to feed into their existing programme of Artsmark activity, and this aspect was combined with the Explore and Bronze... Read More »

A Strong Voices Project: Making Space & Step by Step

Making Space worked on a project with Step by Step, an organisation that exists to empower homeless people and those facing adversity to achieve their full potential. The participants were supported in making choices, building confidence and in the creation and completion of works of... Read More »

Strong Voices: Digital Wildlife Photography Workshops

Young people from Portsmouth took part in a project that enabled them to learn new digital photography and photo editing skills and engage in fun and creative activities over the summer holidays. As part of the project, the young people also engaged with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Gosport Discovery Centre. Gosport Discovery Centre were able to work on their audience... Read More »

RSA: Learning about Culture Programme Prospectus

Learning About Culture is a two-and-a-half year investigation into the role that cultural learning plays in improving educational outcomes for children. Its intention is to develop more evidence of what works and support schools and cultural organisations to use that evidence, as well as evidence from their own work and elsewhere, to continuously improve their practice. At the centre of... Read More »

Arts Council England: Self-Evaluation Toolkit

Arts Council England have produced a free toolkit for self-evaluation - a vital first step towards improving your work. "We want the tool to provide meaningful learning for organisations and individuals, and help make your work more adaptive and sustainable. It can help make sure your strategies and operations improve over time, and are as strong and fit for purpose as they can be." (Arts... Read More »

Past Programmes: Strong Voices

Coming to an end in March 2015, Strong Voices was part of a two-year national programme, delivered by five Bridge organisations, that aimed to address the social, cultural and economic barriers that prevent young people from going to a museum or arts centre. Artswork worked in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (including HMS Victory) and other museums and arts organisations... Read More »

East Kent’s young people have their voices heard at Uprising 2017

On 15th July, the Gulbenkian in Canterbury hosted Uprising 2017. Curated and led by the ART31 group of young people aged 13-25, the event was designed to help challenge ideas and ignite change in the arts. The day opened with a dance performance; choreographed by Andrew Rebelo of Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, it addressed social division and inequality and suitably set the tone for the... Read More »

Our very own Elspeth (Conference & Communications Coordinator) explains what led her to Manila and why:

I am sat on the floor of the first cathedral to ever be built in the Philippines. A place filled with art and history and at this moment, the sounds of Taki, A-e and Fread’s voices. They are not singing a particular song but are just singing and humming out notes in a room where the sound echoes around us. My eyes are shut and I’m listening to their incredible voices, giving me... Read More »

Artswork Conference 2016 – Better Together: Education | Wellbeing | Arts & Culture

“The arts are about narrative, and narrative has always been the greater teacher of humankind. We need to be able to explain, and to be able to see patterns – and so much of education is about that. You have to be able to tell stories, and that’s what the arts do.” (Althea Efunshile, Arts Council England) On 29th June, Artswork held its annual conference. This year, the focus was on the... Read More »

FOCUS ON: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Art, Craft and Design in Education is an informal cross-party group, run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, with secretariat support from NSEAD. They meet in Westminster at least once per term. The group believes that art, craft and design education is essential to the economy and to the cultural, spiritual, creative and social wellbeing of... Read More »

Artswork Conference 2016: Keynote Speeches – Althea Efunshile

Transcript of keynote from Althea Efunshile, Deputy Chief Executive, Arts Council England as part of the Artswork 2016 Conference, Better Together. 'It’s obvious isn’t it, that there’s a connection between education, arts and culture and wellbeing, and that our policy and practice should reflect that, yes? But you know, I have a terrible feeling that inside this room, we may well be... Read More »

SPOTLIGHT ON… | Prior’s Court School and their Artsmark journey

The young people and staff at Prior’s Court School have always been fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing sculptures and pictures, thanks to our founding patron, Dame Stephanie Shirley and her passion for art. As a special residential school for severely autistic young people, we decided to apply for Artsmark in order to both audit and develop the arts provision for our young people, for... Read More »

It’s a YAASS from us: the project that empowered young people by exhibiting their work alongside famous artists

Supported by Artswork in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, the Young Arts Advocates Special School (YAASS) project worked with 13 special schools across East Kent (part of the Kent Special Educational Needs Trust). We spoke to Programme Lead, Claire March, on the impact the project has had. “Over the past 18 months, this project has focused on developing inclusive arts... Read More »

SPOTLIGHT ON… | Prior’s Court School and their Artsmark journey

Words: Prior's Court School The young people and staff at Prior’s Court School have always been fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing sculptures and pictures, thanks to our founding patron, Dame Stephanie Shirley and her passion for art. As a special residential school for severely autistic young people, we decided to apply for Artsmark in order to both audit and develop the arts... Read More »

You, Me, Together – arts initiative gets pupils in Milton Keynes talking about mental wellbeing

“Mental health is when people have big barriers in front of them and they can’t get through it”  In a survey of 338 Schools in 2016, 55% had experienced a large increase in cases of stress and anxiety amongst young people. In an evolving initiative to understand and support young people’s mental health and wellbeing, Milton Keynes Council Public Health and NHS Milton Keynes Clinical... Read More »

Artswork Conference 2016 | Keynote Speeches: Lemn Sissay, MBE

Transcript of keynote from Lemn Sissay, MBE, as part of the Artswork 2016 Conference, Better Together. It’s a real pleasure and an honour to be here. I believe that the arts are the bridge between the spiritual and the physical. My name is Lemn Sissay and I write books, that’s what I do. I want to introduce myself to you fully. I’m a poet, I’m an MBE –a Mancunian Black Ethnic, for... Read More »

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