Artists inspire pupils and staff

Four north Northumberland schools are currently working with artists in school.

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019, 16:30 pm
Working with Spittal First School.

It is part of the second stage of Berwick Visual Arts’ Create, Aspire, Transform North Northumberland Schools Cultural Education Leadership Programme.

Tweedmouth Middle School and St Cuthbert’s First School started the programme in April 2018 and this year are working with artists Nicola Lynch and Louise Bradley.

Working with St Cuthbert's First School pupils.

Spittal and Holy Trinity First Schools are working with artists Graham Patterson and Paul Merrick and joined the programme last September.

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The pupils are working with their artists over a five-day period, each using their chosen approaches to explore the theme of a Sense of Place, techniques being used include printmaking, creating geometric structures and reusing found sea plastics and beach debris to make marks.

The work created by the 356 pupils participating in the programme will be exhibited as a joint exhibition in The Gymnasium Gallery near Berwick Barracks from June 6 to 9, 11am to 4pm.

This is the second year of the Create, Aspire, Transform programme, which is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Since the last pupil exhibition in July 2018, activity has included Spittal First School year 1 pupils and Holy Trinity First School year 2 and 3 pupils working with Northumbria University’s Fine Art undergraduates and visiting the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle.

Tweedmouth Middle School have taken Year 8 pupils to a Creative Career Path day at BALTIC in Gateshead looking at career options in the Creative Industries.

In Berwick over 200 pupils visited The Granary Gallery to see Zoe Childerley’s exhibition and started to research their localities. The exhibition inspired St Cuthbert’s pupils to visit the Scottish/English border which helped them to think about refugee journeys and crossing borders which they are developing as part of their work.

Teachers on the programme this year have received three days of continuing professional development training led by Dr Judy Thomas from Northumbria University and they have also undertaken their Arts Award Advisor training.

The Arts Based Learning Explore and Test grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation encourages evaluation and reflection by all participants. The programme aims to increase the confidence and appetite of teachers to organise cultural engagement programmes across their schools and the impact is being evaluated by Northumbria University.

The North Northumberland programme is building on work developed with local schools over the past four years supported by Northumberland Arts Development including termly Creative Schools Cluster sessions for teachers and their colleagues.

For more information about the Create, Aspire, Transform programme or Creative Schools Cluster sessions contact Val Tobiass, Schools Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator, Berwick Visual Arts and The Maltings or visit