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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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, email@example.com
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org