Talking Hands Hearing Eyes

We are leading the development of a new project, bringing a fantastic company of professional deaf actors from Ethiopia into UK classrooms through live online workshop. Since 2022 we have been working in partnership with Ryburn Valley High School in Yorkshire, Greatworth Primary in Banbury, and Hathershaw College in Manchester to develop this work. The programme develops non verbal communication skills, builds on personal development and broadens cultural awareness supporting cultural capital development. The programme is being developed for all school to benefit from a range of online resources and live online workshop. The development of this work would not be possible without collaboration with Jos Wesemann and support from Vrienden van effatha and Stichting ZIJN charitable foundations.

For further information or if you are a school and would would like to find out more please contact us.

Creative Food Critics

© Christina Birt 2015

Creative Food Critics is about children finding their confidence, creativity and love of food, inspiring them to learn about different cultures through food, developing literacy and communication skills while being a food critic.

Children’s voice is very much at the centre and provides an opportunity for children’s perspectives to be expressed and shared.

Creative Food Critics, the concept and all the full project design was created by Christina Birt and delivered in partnership with the Bury Festival 2015, Creative Education Centre Suffolk, Tessa Allingham (food critic) and five participating restaurants.

Creative Critics

© Christina Birt 2011

Creative Critics: seeing doing knowing with The Princes Trust

In early 2021 twenty young people from across the Suffolk & Norfolk have become culture critics and had their opinions & ideas published. Creative Critics is a creative project valuing young people’s responses to art and culture.

It encourages young people’s deep engagement with art and culture; develops creative and critical thinking. The project has empowered Suffolk and Norfolk young people to become confident skilled communicators and to share their ideas and opinions across the counties. Read a case study from one of our participants.

Listen below for a montage of the show they produced broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk

Or below for the short promotional piece if you just have a few minutes

Creative Critics: seeing doing knowing with Manchester International Festival

We’ve developed our Creative Critics programme in partnership with Manchester International Festival, piloting a fresh new programme specially designed for secondary schools.  Partnering with local media outlets including North Manchester FM, Wythenshawe FM, regional radio BBC Radio Manchester and the Dead Good Show and national magazine Voice our reach has been wide and incorporated reviews in audio, video and written formats. Meet our artists.

View and listen to all the reviews >>

Our work with Manchester International Festival is funded by Arts Council England. 

Below you can listen to the Culture Show on North Manchester FM which featured participants from our programme.

Arts Council England

Creative Critics has a successful track record delivering in partnership with three festivals across three counties in England and we are now ensuring future sustainability and growth by bringing the projects development in to our CIC.  We are developing further relationships with festivals so do get in touch.

Download our 2017 Evaluation of Creative Critics