“All children growing up today deserve the same opportunities to read, learn and fulfil their potential. Great school libraries are a vital part of improving outcomes for children. They do this in a range of different ways and through building a library habit which can support them throughout their education and beyond.” (CILIP)
The School Library Association and CILIP School Libraries Group have united to launch a 3-year evidence-based campaign. It aims to:
For more information go to: https://www.cilip.org.uk/page/GreatSchoolLibraries
Join the Young Creatives to explore your creative ambitions and develop new skills, working alongside curators and artists to influence DLWP and co-produce events.
Wednesday 10th October 6.30 – 8pm
For 14 – 21 years
FREE, booking essential. To book, contact email@example.com.
For more information go to the De La Warr Pavilion website: www.dlwp.com
Author: Catherine Sercombe
Date: 28 Aug 2018
The latest statistics on the number of teenagers pursuing an Arts based education have raised concerns about potential knock-on effects this might have on the creative industries. This is not a new conversation, and a position that is unlikely to change for schools in England soon – as reflected in the latest A Level and GCSE data. How do we ensure that young people who want to seek employment in the creative industries, or want to pursue arts based courses at higher education, have the skills and experience to do so?
Looking beyond the classroom
In lieu of classroom based opportunities to engage in the arts, one solution may be to look for ways to get involved in the creative fields outside of curriculum time. There are many opportunities beyond school in which young people can access quality arts provision, develop their arts skills and deliver their own creative projects for real audiences.
Arts Council England, supported by regional Bridge organisations, are paving the way with local cultural education partnerships, when it comes to offering coordinated arts and cultural experiences to all young people. The arts and cultural sector; made up of museums, art galleries, theatres, libraries, music education hubs among many other organisations, has a plethora of offers available for young people and is making good steps to ensure these opportunities are easily accessible.
At Trinity College London, we talk directly to young people about their experience of completing an Arts Award. This is particularly the case for those undertaking Gold Arts Award, as we know that the experience of working or participating in training in the arts sector and delivering an arts project, has a huge impact on the participants.
We not only witness a development in their personal skills but the platform also provides real life experiences to really demonstrate how they have put their skills into action when progressing to higher education or jobs. This type of experience is hugely important in a young person’s development, as we know that employers and higher education institutions expect young people to have applied their skills in a practical situation and not only being able to talk about the theory behind them.
Making it easier to deliver Gold
There is drive amongst the Arts Award community nationally to support more young people to access Gold Arts Award. This can be alongside their existing studies or through opportunities beyond the curriculum. The award challenges young people to lead, set personal challenges, solve problems, manage others (including their peers) and take greater responsibility for their own learning and development. It is an experience that will benefit them in any part of their life. For our part, we have made it even easier for young people to take part in Gold. Anyone that works with young people can now access Gold adviser training as a standalone session without having to train at the other levels. This training is open for bookings, with sessions taking place from September onwards. Find out more at www.artsaward.org.uk/training.
If you value young people and want to provide them with access to great arts experiences and help them develop skills required to progress to higher education or the world of work then delivering Gold could be the route for you. But don’t take our word for it! Find out what young people say and the doors it has opened for them over at Arts Award Voice.
In my previous blogs, I’ve talked about the value arts based qualifications provide when it comes to developing employability skills and ensure future success in the working world. The arts can be used as vehicles for young people to be active citizens, creating a sense of community in turn. Quality arts and cultural experiences can be as rewarding (as they are challenging), but ultimately the arts provide opportunities to inspire young people to think creatively, to take risks and try something new. Even if they fail, these pathways will often give students a chance to try again, developing a whole repertoire of skills, abilities and confidence they didn’t even know they had!
We have a responsibility to young people to ensure they have access to as many opportunities at local level as is feasibly possible. However, when schools are unable to dedicate resource to the arts; the creative industries and youth sectors have a responsibility to ensure that we provide opportunities to upskill young people for their chosen careers. At the very least, we should be looking to provide the skills and experiences that develop them as future leaders.
Inside a shipping container is something intimate and intricate. Unkindest Cut, by Sadhana Dance, interweaves dance, performance, text and film around an intricate light installation exploring some of the complex issues around young people and mental health.
It integrates their voices and stories to create a world that is emotionally rich, dark, captivating and sensitive. Unkindest Cut is a collaboration with audiovisual artists Kathy Hinde and Matthew Olden and lighting designer Aideen Malone, developed in association with Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr Partha Banerjea and the South London and Maudsley Adolescent Mental Health Services.
In addition to public performances, there will be workshops with local young people, exploring the themes of the work.
Performances are FREE and each lasts for 30 minutes at Battle Recreation Ground:
Sat 27th Oct: 12.45pm & 5pm
Sun 28th Oct: 11am & 4.45pm
READ MORE: Subathra Subramaniam, artistic director of Sadhana Dance spoke to journalist Donald Hutera about dance and social change
For more information go to the Battle Festival website www.battlefestival.co.uk
We've been asked by Arts Council England to help spread the word about a survey created on behalf of the Jazz South, Ambition for Excellence Project, awarded to Turner Sims.
The first major piece of work to take place, is an audit of activity and people engaged in jazz/improvised music across the south of England. The project will then be able to reach out to offer tailored opportunities to support ambition, skills and opportunities to the community.
The survey is relevant to the professional and non-professional jazz and improvised music sector, youth and music education.
There is one month to complete the survey – great if you can help spread the word to people working in jazz on your patch.
All details (including info about a prize draw!) via this link: http://bit.ly/jazzsouthaudit
For more information about the project go to: https://turnersims.co.uk/about-us/jazz-south/
Battle Festival presents: James Wilton Dance, LEVIATHAN
Friday 19th October 8pm Battle Memorial Hall
LEVIATHAN follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction.
Multi-award winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick.
"It’s bold, innovative and exhilarating. It’s James Wilton Dance’s best production to date." 4.5★ The Reviews Hub
Featuring a cast of 6, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, LEVIATHAN will have you on the edge of your seat. It will leave you gasping for air under the sheer ferocity of movement, all accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.
For tickets got to the Battle Festival website at:
The De La Warr Pavilion will be celebrating the universal language of drawing and STEAM learning with free creative drawing workshops delivered in schools:
BIG DRAW WEEK
Monday 15 – Friday 19 October
For Key Stage 1 - 4 students across Rother and Hastings
FREE, booking essential
We are all in constant dynamic interaction with each other and the world around us. Becoming more conscious of how we are influenced by experiences and how we affect others is increasingly recognised as an important relational skill.
Teachers are invited to join Jo Evans, creative therapist from A Space, to explore Iniva Creative Learning’s Emotional Learning Cards.
These cards look at ways in which mental health and wellbeing can be supported through the encounter with visual art. The set of cards entitled What do relationships mean to you? will be used as a starting point to open up dialogue and exploration through introducing interactive tasks focusing on a set of questions.
EMOTIONAL LEARNING CPD WORKSHOP
Wednesday 17 October
4.00 – 6.30 pm
For teachers, community group leaders and creative therapists
£10 per person, booking essential
On Friday 28th September Ex Cathedra will be doing a big Singing Playgrounds event for BBC Music Day Get Singing.
The BBC Music Day is signposting all UK schools to our event and they will be filming it. We will be streaming the event live so that schools from afar can participate via their whiteboards. You can find the event on the Ex Cathedra Facebook page at 10.15am until 11.30am on Friday 28th September . The aim is to get children jumping and laughing and dancing and singing in their classrooms with us from afar. I know we will have schools tuning in from across the world.
The project challenges schools to get as many children playing Singing Playgrounds singing games at lunchtime that day too. It is hoped that schools will send in photos and film to the BBC twitter #GetSinging #BBCMusicDay @excathedrachoir @RebeccaLedgard @singplaygrounds
For more information on the BBC music day go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/egrz3d
BookTrust’s School Library Pack offers all schools in England with Y7 intake a pack of 40 free books and accompanying resources for the school library. The books are carefully selected by an expert panel and designed to introduce young readers to different genres and authors. Registration opens next week and schools should sign up ASAP. Packs are delivered to school in January.
De La Warr Pavilion
OUTSIDE ON THE BEACH TERRACE
Saturday 1 September
4pm - after sunset
Multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer, DJ Yoda will perform outside the De La Warr Pavilion for a unique event to launch the new Debut programme created by #1066MusicCity. This is your chance to support emerging, fresh local bands while enjoying one of the top DJs in the country. At sunset he will start his stunning pioneering AV set with visuals being projected on the south wall of the Pavilion. Not to be missed!
"Pay what you can" tickets
Suggested £4 - £11
(all funds go to supporting local bands).
DJ Yoda is a multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer, headlining festivals and clubs around the world. No typical club DJ, his interests lie in finding fresh and unique ways to bring turntables out of the club and getting involved in bespoke collaborations. Working with classical composers to neuroscientists; brass bands to film directors; Dr Dre to Dame Evelyn Glennie; Banksy to Mark Ronson; BBC Radio4 to the BFI, he reinvigorates his craft with wry invention and humorous intent.
Debut is a new annual programme that supports emerging musicians from the local area to offer them performance and development opportunities, including local studio time to record a track.
Year one kicked off in August with workshops for five artists Sam Brown, Blue Lily, Crumbs on The Bloody Carpet, Phonetic and Sports Casual. Each artist will support DJ Yoda, get the chance to record a song in Curve Pusher Studios over autumn and finally have the opportunity to perform at Under the Radar as Part of Hastings Fat Tuesday Music Festival in March 2019.
Line up for the day
4.30pm - Sam Brown
5.15pm - Blue Lily
6pm - Crumbs On The Bloody Carpet
6.45pm - Phonetic
7.30pm - Sports Casual
8.30pm - DJ Yoda
10pm - Finish
Local craft beer brewers, the Brewing Brothers will also be onsite bringing a selection of beers brewed from their brewhouse to the terrace throughout the event
The project has been devised by the Hastings & Rother Music City partnership and supported by Rother District Council, Hastings Borough Council, De La Warr Pavilion Charitable Trust, The Joe Strummer Foundation and Rhythmix.
Year one also sees Un-Convention’s relaunch in the area on the morning of the 1 September at De La Warr Pavilion: a session aimed at the grass-roots of the industry and brings together artists and practitioners to share knowledge and expertise.
Combined ticket for DJ YODA and Un-Convention will get you £1 off.
For young people aged 18+ - The @4Talent Work Experience Programme is now open for applications till the 2nd September. Apply now for your chance to experience one of the many departments involved, and all expenses paid! No experience required! https://careers.channel4.com/4talent/work-experience
In December there will be another opportunity for those aged 16+ spending the week with 4Talent learning all about jobs in the media, how to create a brilliant CV and tips and tricks to starting your career in the media. You will also hear from departments across Channel 4 and learn what they do, as well as have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the industry or your future. Applications for this cohort will open on the 15th October 2018.
These updates are provided by the HRAEN steering group and comprise information we feel will be most useful to the HRAEN members.
Arts Council England
De La Warr Pavilion
East Sussex Arts Award
Hastings Borough Council
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
Pallant House Gallery
Rother District Council
South East Bridge
The Pier HUB
White Rock Theatre