Commissions

Commissions

We undertake a range of commissioned work. Here are some examples.

Arts Council England

Relaunched in 2019, we’ve developed an e-learning module for Arts Council England and the National Governance Association.

The module focuses on six key areas where schools can use arts and cultural education to improve outcomes through:

– a broad and balanced curriculum
– school community and parents
– health and wellbeing
– spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
– social mobility
– developing life skills and employability skills

Read more about the module release and access it here

European Parliament

Through 2019 we facilitated a range of local consultation events about the European Union. 

When we ask questions about the European Union, we hear a lot from the usual suspects: those who bang on about the “Single Market”, “The European Medicines Agency” and “Euratom” and how freedom of movement is so beneficial for all of us. Often it’s hard to explain in everyday language how being part of Europe benefits us on a daily basis. We wanted to hear what matters to you about where you live and work, so we can connect with what effect Europe has on everyday life.

Does being in Europe make your life easier, better and more rewarding? If so how? If not, why not? This event is designed for people who can tell us about their work, their family, their friends and neighbours, their passions, their local community, and if being part of Europe has made a difference in one or more of these areas. What you say will shape how the event is run and will form the basis of a strategic plan for Liverpool, Merseyside and the North West. The aim is to stimulate action and develop awareness within our local communities of how Europe benefits the North West.

We wanted people to help us realise what these local benefits are, where benefits are not felt and crucially to also be empowered to communicate benefits in a way that will enable other people to form their own positive links with Europe. Feedback from the events included:

“Thank you for organising today, I’ve got a lot of benefit”

“I think today’s gone really well, it’s been nice to share, I feel less alone”

“Thank you to all of the organisers. It’s not easy for me to come into the room and speak my mind in front of everyone but I felt very lucky to share my opinions with people. We had lots of positive dialogues and exchanges of thoughts and opinions.”

Participants

Working in partnership with Improbable these events have led to this report as an outcome from the commission by the European Parliament Liaison Office in London.

Cambridge Community Arts Evaluation

We have been working with with Cambridge Community Arts (CCA) over the last few months evaluation and produced this report on the Horizon’s project.

Horizons is the start of a conversation with artists working in the community, looking at what constitutes high quality good practice in arts for mental health and wellbeing. The project was part of a process being undertaken by Cambridge Community Arts to further develop its work, share its practice and contribute to the development of arts for mental health and well-being in Cambridge and beyond. It provided an opportunity to observe and analyse the work of Cambridge Community Arts and to begin to understand more about essential components for realising excellence including high quality practice and outstanding outcomes for participants.

The project was funded by Arts Council England and Cambridge City Council involving three, six-week courses. Each course focused on a different art form including dance, creative digital arts and painting. The project concluded with a celebration event in the Clore Education Studio, at Kettles Yard. Experienced artists led the courses and were supported by volunteers. Amongst participants were immersed artists who were participating for their continued professional development, gaining new artistic skills and workshop facilitation skills.

See our project report for what we discussed and our recommendations for next steps.

IVE Governor Training

We have been working with We Are IVE, delivering Governor training on Arts and Cultural Education and Whole School Improvement.

At our most recent session only 10% of school governors had heard of Artsmark and/or their Bridge organisation. By the end of the training everyone had committed to personalised actions and next steps including:
– finding out more about Artsmark
– linking their school with their Bridge organisation
– undertaking an audit of arts at their school
– speaking with their Chair about what they have learnt
– recognising and celebrating good arts education at their school
– finding out more about Arts Award

“What a great session you did for us. Passionate, informative, inspiring and up lifting. What more could we ask for”

Sue Gallop, School Governor – Retired Headteacher / School Adviser