In March 2018, Cubitt Education received a very warm welcome in North Wales, where we delivered some training for experienced artist educators.
Commissioned by EDAU, North Wales’ Arts and Education Network, and Helfa Gelf Art Trail, one session took place at Mostyn, the contemporary art gallery in the windy Victorian seaside town of Llandudno (the nationally renown sticker shop is a must-see). The second session was hosted by the recently relaunched Tŷ Pawb (formerly Oriel Wrecsam) in Wrexham.
Entitled Pushing the Boundaries, the training was designed to support artists to explore how they could keep their education practice fresh through a mix of making, sharing and reflecting.
The group fully embraced the challenge to make and then destroy their own and others’ artwork. We then reflected on the conditions that help them feel their most creative.
They also collaborated in small groups to dream up brand new project ideas for schools: these included residencies with farmers; language exchanges between children in Wales and Mexico and producing a sensory installation based on a walk in the woods.
There was plenty of lively discussion, where the artists shared their wealth of experience, the challenges and rewards of working with schools.
The training coincides with the launch of a new Welsh Curriculum, which is beginning to be tested out in schools this year. The curriculum has six areas of learning, including expressive arts, so there are likely to be plenty of future opportunities for artists to collaborate with schools.
Thank you to everyone who joined the sessions, and particularly Katie Trent and Iwan Williams from EDAU for all their support, energy, and for sorting out the cakes.
“Very interesting, profound and funny conversation. Re-focused the mind. Great to catch up with old friends and make new ones.”
“PLAY! Really enjoyed: very well thought out and delivered, enjoyable and educational.”
All photos Iwan Williams and Poppy Green