IWCEP Teachers News: September 2020

Welcome to the Autumn edition of the newsletter from the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership (IWCEP).

As we are now in our third week of school it must seem like you’ve never been away! But it must also be a huge relief to be back.
These are uncertain times, and only this weekend we’ve heard that one school has a case of Covid-19 on the Island, with a Nursery having to close its doors too. Parents are worrying about whether children have a common cold or whether it’s more sinister, so we are having to be patient with each other and ride out the storm.
There are always silver linings though, and I bring you news of fun and creative (and COVID Risk Assessed) opportunities to get involved with local organisations.

The Lift the Lid project has now ended, and so here is the new look logo for the Cultural Education Partnership on the Isle of Wight (IWCEP) designed by Tayla Smith at Quay Arts.
Look out for this logo when there are activities and events so you can see that arts, heritage and cultural organisations on the Island are working together for YOU.

We can also bring you news that the IWCEP is all set to move from being an independent partnership to working as a Committee of Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), The Island Collection.
What does that mean for schools? We are a stronger organisation, sharing agreed principles where learning is right at the heart of both of our ethos’ and with an ability to gain funding for more arts and heritage projects, benefitting all schools on the Island. This will be especially important to the 13 schools who achieved Artsmark through the Lift the Lid project.


Museums and Schools
The Museums and Schools team have received funding for a further year, and we have been looking at how we can continue to connect schools and museums in these uncertain times. Some of our museums are open for school visits and we can offer exciting workshops at our sites, the workshops are subsidised by the Museums and Schools project.
 
We can also bring our museums to your classroom – and have a choice of seven workshops representing our partner sites which we can bring to your school. The school workshops are available ‘free of charge’ up to Christmas and have accompanying Covid risk assessments which can be adapted to your school policy and set up. We will even deliver the workshops remotely if Covid restrictions tighten.
To find out more about a museum visit or a workshop please contact 
Heritage Education Officer, Estelle Baker –  estelle.baker@iow.gov.uk  


News from our local Bridge Organisation: ARTSWORK


Connecting with culture has never been easier! Created with busy teachers in mind, Artswork’s connectingwithculture.com website is a free, quick and easy tool to help you connect with the arts and culture on your doorstep. Find arts, culture and heritage organisations near you by simply entering your school postcode. You can filter search results by art form, age group and by those with exclusive offers for schools on their Artsmark journeys. Fill in the contact form to find out how you could put creativity into the curriculum this year.


Important free event for school leaders from Artswork. Booking for Artswork’s online twilight event on Tuesday 13 October ‘Supporting Pupil Wellbeing & Reconnecting with Learning through Creativity’ is now live. Targeted at Senior Leaders and teachers cross-phase, Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, will be our keynote speaker for this webinar where we will explore how the arts can be used to engage learners, positively impacting their mental health and wellbeing, and the role of a Recovery Curriculum.
The event is free but places are limited. Full information and booking.


Creative Learning Opportunities this Autumn Term

English Heritage has a fantastic opportunity for schools to help them decorate Osborne House in time for Christmas this year!
Schools that wish to be part of this project need to confirm their interest by 25th September 2020. They should email Laura.Bosworth@english-heritage.org.uk
Further information can be found here.


LASTheatre are presenting The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright, with special OUTDOOR performances on the Isle of Wight from September to November 2020.
More information can be found here.
For more information, to book a performance or to discuss bursaries please get in touch with Liz Bate: 
E: Liz@lastheatre.com   T: 07894 908740
W: www.LAStheatre.com


Quay Arts: Breakout!
Be part of Quay Arts’ Growing Exhibition: Breakout! Please drop your 10cm x 10cm drawings, sketches or even sculptures to Quay Arts when you can. Your whole class could take part! There’s even a helpful ‘How to’ video from artist, Caz Underwood.
More information here.


Isle of Wight Council, Heritage Services

Heritage Detective 
Find our more about the history of clocks and the timepieces in the collections of the Isle of Wight Heritage Service in this new family activity pack Super Sundials and Wonderful Water Clocks . Experiment with time and make your own sundial and water clock. 

Explore the photographs of William Hogg
Visit the new online exhibition which explores the photographs of William Robert Hogg (1844 – 1928). The exhibition explores the houses, hotels, shops and churches of Ryde.


Online Music Resources for use in schools or at home
Isle of Wight Music Hub has been creating online resources to support music-making at home and in school, including releasing a silly single about social distancing!  Join in with The Greatest Friend 
Contact Nia Collins, nia.collins@iowmusichub.org


Independent Arts 

You can watch Independent Arts’ YouTube playlist for families with Arts and story telling here.

They have also sustained project work with care homes, re-shaping their Lottery funded School Ties inter-generational care home and schools project. The newly named Pencil Case Project has provided 240 creative and heritage packs to vulnerable children and care home residents across the Island. The Initiative also includes a post pals delivery and collection service enabling children and residents to exchange post cards with one another. 

Many of our care homes and schools that have already engaged with the School Ties project in the past year have also continued to strengthen their own relationships with each other.  

Some post box submissions we’ve had back from Lanes End Primary School here.
Contact:- info@independentarts.org.uk (attn: Hannah and Kerry)


Free Children’s Book Author Visit
Not able to have visiting authors? Not a problem. See my free author visit video, and if you would like a bespoke virtual author visit, contact me by email: julesmarriner@hotmail.co.uk 


Maritime Archaeology, First World War and DDay Resources
Use our wide range of resources to learn all about maritime archaeology.
Please contact our staff to discuss additional learning opportunities! 


That’s all for now folks…

LtL Artists Notebooks

Take a look inside the Artists’ Digital Notebooks and Lift the Lid on Island Culture

Whilst many people are still in lockdown and children off school, now is the perfect time to ‘take a look inside’ the fabulous Lift the Lid Digital Notebooks

From the comfort of your home you can explore not only pieces created by the artists around the four corners of the Isle of Wight, but also an explosion of creativity from Islanders in response to the commissioned artists.

The Artists’ Digital Notebooks are the lasting legacy of the successful Lift the Lid on Island Culture project. They showcase artworks, films, storytelling, poetry and more, including pieces that can’t be seen elsewhere.

The project worked closely with the commissioned artists* to create their individual Digital Notebooks. Each was styled by the artists, who also curated what was in them, telling the story of their own projects and sharing the fantastic outcomes.

Take a look inside 

Many Islanders who took part in the project through schools, community groups or organisations will get the chance to see if they can spot themselves in any of the photos or films.

If you head over to the Lift the Lid Digital Notebooks you can listen to children from primary schools tell the stories they created – with the help of Isle of Wight storyteller, Sue Bailey – in response to Phlegm’s glorious Ventnor Giant

The much-loved three-storey mural can be seen at the entrance to Ventnor’s town centre and has sparked the imagination of all ages. You can also discover the photos of paintings and clay sculptures created by young Islanders inspired by Phelgm’s work.

Dmitri Galitzine’s documentary work explored the relationship between the people of East Cowes and the ferry company. Titled Back and Forth, Dmitri’s documentary triggered some incredible responses from young Islanders when they worked with Isle of Wight Artists Ian Whitmore and Chris Jenkins exploring heritage, culture and the theme of ‘The Future’. As well as Dmitiri’s full length film, you can watch never-seen before outtakes and flick through his great observational photos from his time spent in East Cowes.

Light and Dark is the title of Julie Myers’ project. With a sharp focus on collaboration with local communities, Julie delved into the West Wight community, working with eight different groups and organisations, as well as with primary school children and local artists. Check out the fun that was had making enlargergrams, light paintings and photograms, and listen to original music created by the young people. Julie ended her project with a film charting her artistic process and the public event.

BearFace Theatre CIC were the fourth commission and worked in Newport with a school, a women’s centre and the Hospice. Using playful theatrical tasks, puppetry, art, poetry and music, We That Breathe found common threads of interest from which inspiring stories were created. Read the poem that was created by the vibrant group at Mountbatten and flick through photos of the workshops and performances.

What is Lift the Lid on Island Culture?

With the ambition to reignite a sense of pride and passion in our cultural heritage, this two-year Arts Council-funded project focused on four new public art commissions on the Island.

The project was led by the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership and involved schools, artists, community groups, arts and heritage organisations, with local community workshops and school sessions.

Positive impact on Island communities

Jacqui Cusack, Arts Manager at Quay Arts, lead partner of the Cultural Education Partnership who commissioned the art said

“Lift the Lid on Island Culture has been about exploring the cultural heritage of the Island through art commissions in unexpected places and we’re so pleased with the result.”

Project manager, Sarah Girling, said,

“It’s been great to be involved with (delivering) this project, to see such creativity from Islanders, but also the positive impact that the artists have had in the communities that they have worked with around the Isle of Wight.”

The Lift the Lid Digital Notebooks were available to view at Quay Arts as part of the Great Leap Forward Exhibition, which due to the Coronavirus lockdown had to close its doors in March. The Quay has taken a huge drop in income, but you can show your support by making a donation via their Website

Lift the Lid Digital Notebooks can be found online at https://liftthelidnotebooks.com/

* All artists except Phlegm were involved with the design of their notebooks

With thanks to ‘On the Wight’ for their website development skills.

Sacred Isle’s Vlog with Dmitri Galitzine

When we started to plan the art commissions, it was important to identify individuals or organisations that would be interesting for the artists to meet and talk to during their Research and Development on the Island. I don’t know about you but I find Twitter a wonderful source of people who have stories to tell… And so I met Paul Wilson of The Sacred Isle, chatting about the folklore of the Isle of Wight. When I say met, we met virtually on Twitter, then in person at Quay Arts, and I knew that all the artists should talk to him.

So in the Autumn of 2018, Paul met the artists, talked to them about Island folklore and regaled them with stories of the people of Franchetown (Newtown), Old Jack of Steephill Cove and the Dragon of the Isle of Wight! BearFace Theatre were immediately entranced by Paul’s stories, and so an interpretation of the story is in development. Along with this, the story of the Three Sisters of the Island will be explored during the May event, Hullabaloo in Sandown (Sunday only – 12 May 2019).

Dmitri Galitzine was also intrigued by Paul’s stories and although the island’s folklore doesn’t have an obvious link with ‘Back and Forth, and Back and Forth Again’, Dmitri’s focus on the Red Funnel journey between East Cowes and Southampton, he decided he wanted to have a conversation with Paul. Later Paul asked Dmitri if he’d be a guest on his Vlog (video blog). So here it is for you all to see, as Paul has kindly allowed us to share it on the website.

So what is the CEP anyway?

A few years ago, the Arts Council (ACE) launched the Cultural Education Challenge which was a “call for the art, culture and education sectors to work together in offering a consistent and high quality art and cultural education for all children and young people.

In order to deliver this, ACE created Bridge organisations, such as Artswork, which runs the SE Bridge, who were tasked with facilitating Local Cultural Education Partnerships or LCEPS.

CEPs are less about culture in terms of different global cultural groups (although that might form part of music, drama, dance, art, etc), and more about ensuring that schools are able to deliver a well rounded, creative curriculum (plus extra-curricular experiences) in partnership with excellent cultural (arts and heritage) organisations.

The Isle of Wight CEP meets monthly to discuss how they can work together through funded projects to support schools. It is through these partner projects that fantastic opportunities can be delivered, such as:

  • Lift the Lid –  Access to Arts Award and Artsmark opportunities
  • Museums and Schools – Free workshops and travel
  • Mardi Gras – Free workshops, opportunity to join in an Island-wide celebration

We welcome Isle of Wight teachers and other arts and heritage organisations (with an educational offer) to CEP meetings and would like to encourage you, if you are able to join us on the second Tuesday of every month. We have regular representatives from Medina College and Christ the King. You can find out who is part of the CEP and when the next CEP meeting is on the Lift the Lid website.

We recently explored what the CEP actually is as a group, and this is a list of the responses:

Partners working together so that all children and young people on the Isle of Wight can have great cultural education.

The CEP is a partnership of places that provide culture on the IOW. The CEP aims to help young people access culture on the IOW.

A cooperative group of museums, schools and cultural organisations, working to enable young people to access the fab cultural opportunities on the IOW. Giving support to each other, sharing ideas and information.

The CEP is an informed partnership of arts organisations, schools and educators whose aim is to champion cultural learning for CYP on the Ilse of Wight. Its purpose is advocacy for cultural learning and PRACTICAL offering support to all practitioners.

An organisation which brings together cultural organisations that support culture with young people who work together to improve this offer to young people on the Island.

Raise profile of Arts in the IOW community.

Engage children/teachers/parents to participate on what we have to offer through arts projects, Lift the Lid, etc.

The Joys of Art in our life.

A group of ‘champions’ from a variety of cultural backgrounds/organisations on the IW who are working collaboratively to engage children and young people in arts/heritage, by

  • Improving knowledge & understanding
  • Access

Collaboration of like-minded professional with the common interest of progressing and developing the arts and cultural activities on the Isle of Wight.

A group trying to help children engage with their local heritage whether science, arts or history. Active, Involved, Fun.

A partnership of arts, heritage and cultural organisations that work together to offer schools Great opportunities in the Arts.

A meeting of representatives from various ‘cultural’ organisations across the Island – meeting, collaborating, sharing ideas, trying ti improve Arts (cultural) provision for young people on the Island.

Cultural Expo 2018

The Cultural Expo on Tuesday 9 October, attracted nearly 30 teachers from almost 20 schools, coming to meet together to talk all things ‘Heritage and Arts’.

Teachers browse stands at the Cultural Expo.

With a video introduction from Island MP, Bob Seeley, plus welcoming words from Paul Armfield of Quay Arts, the afternoon included a very special choral performance from Gurnard Primary School’s choir, cake and presentations from:

  • Lorraine Cheshire of Artswork, the South East’s Bridge organisation
  • Chantal Thomas, a teacher from Gurnard Primary School
  • Robert Baisley from St. George’s School
  • Virgil Phillpott, Museum Manager of Carisbrooke Castle Museum on the Museums and Schools project

View the video welcome from MP, Bob Seeley.

There is a short write up in the County Press.

Both Gurnard Primary School and St. George’s School are on their Artsmark journey. If you would like to know more about Artsmark, which is an award for the whole school, you can view the website or read more about Artsmark on the Island.

We are also keen for pupils to take up Arts Award, which is an award for individual pupils. You can read more about Arts Award on the Island on the link at the top of the page.

We are looking forward to next year already! So if you would like to help us shape the Cultural Expo 2019, then get in touch on our contact page.