Artsmark Festival

Join us for our inaugural Artsmark Festival on Saturday 13 October, 10am-3pm at King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds

  • meet and learn with our Artsmark Partner organisations
  • network with other Artsmark teachers and schools
  • get support from our Artsmark experts
  • enjoy music and refreshments
  • take part in a series of inspirational workshops
  • with keynote address from Susan Aykin, Ofsted’s National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts

This event is exclusively for teachers and staff from Artsmark schools in our region, who have been Artsmark awarded or are on their Artsmark journey

Part of the national Artsmark Celebration Week starting on Monday 8 October.

Click here to register your free place


Workshops and CPD sessions

Sonic Pi: Live Code Music in the Classroom: Sonic Pi is a free live coding musical instrument that radically lowers the barrier to entry for a creative experience with code. Learn to code creatively by composing or performing music in an incredible range of styles from Classical & Jazz to Grime & EDM.

Crafts Council: Our Future in the Making: The urge to make is human. Making is constructive, positive and fulfilling. It enables us to think, learn and create. It encourages us to appreciate beauty, ideas and to care about how things are made. Craft skills help everyone discover their practical abilities and develop their creative talents. Its fundamental that our young people have the opportunity to make. This presentation by Crafts Council Head of Learning & Talent Development explores what makes craft unique and how to support future makers to take their next steps. Resources and signposting will support schools in developing their creative offer and can be used for Artsmark. The role of the Crafts Council is to nurture and strengthen the craft ecosystem. We want to increase the impact of craft and widen its influence. To achieve this, we will focus our efforts on where we can make most impact – building public audiences for craft; championing craft education and participation; and supporting and developing craft professionals from all backgrounds to develop their talent, knowledge and skills in order to flourish, drive innovation and ensure a resilient, diverse sector.

Historic England: Discover, Explore, Inspire: how to make the most of your local heritage: We want every child to be inspired by their local heritage and every teacher to have brilliant resources to use inside and outside the classroom. This practical session will showcase how to access and use free online websites and resources to discover and explore the local heritage of your area. We will look at how your local heritage can inspire enquiry based learning activities across the curriculum so that children enjoy real and relevant experiences. The session will include step by step guides; advice for classroom activities; ideas for heritage trails; specific links to the National Curriculum (history, geography, English and maths) and how to access support when you return to school. Each workshop attendee will receive a sample pack of historic maps and aerial photos from the Historic England archive. Support from our Heritage Schools programme is fully funded by the DfE and free to state schools and academies. Historic England is the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. We champion and protect historic places, helping people understand value and care for them. Our Heritage Schools programme aims to help school children develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.

National Theatre: Let’s Play! Using the arts to teach across the primary curriculum: Join the National Theatre’s Lorna McGinty for an interactive session on how to utilise drama and the creative arts in your day to day classroom practice. You will; Explore how a multi-art form approach can invigorate your teaching and create a more inclusive classroom; Try out creative and participatory techniques for teaching academic topics; Learn a range of drama games and creative exercises that can support your wider teaching practice. This session will draw on the approach developed by the National Theatre Learning team for their Let’s Play programme, the National Theatre’s first national programme for primary schools. At the National Theatre, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And we make it for everyone. Our extensive learning and participation programme opens up theatre to adults, families and young people across the UK. We support drama and creative education in schools through our performance and writing programmes like Connections, New Views and Let’s Play.

Norfolk Music Education Hub: The Singing School: An interactive workshop for school based practitioners on how to embed singing into the everyday life of your school. Norfolk Music Hub is a partnership of every organisation and school which engages with Norfolk’s children and young people in music making. These organisations share what they do, communicate with each other and are committed to the highest quality of music education for children & young people.

Frozen Light Theatre and Thomas Wolsey Academy: SEND inspiration and aspiring to Artsmark Platinum: Inspiration and sharing from Theatre Professionals Frozen Light on how they deliver quality experiences to their audiences. With tasters from their latest show Isle of Brimsker – fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Focussing on Artsmark Platinum SEND setting Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy- how they got there, Q&A and sharing best practice for Artsmark.

Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy is an “Outstanding” special academy in Ipswich for children aged from 3-16 with physical and/or sensory needs, they have recently been awarded Artsmark Platinum. Frozen Light work Nationally creating exciting and original multi-sensory theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

New Wolsey Theatre: Games and Exercises for Every Classroom: Join us to discover how you can bring creativity into your classroom! Take part in a practical workshop which will include plenty of activities to motivate and challenge your students while developing core interpersonal skills, confidence and team work. We will demonstrate activities that were delivered as part of a recent literacy project for children in KS2, as well as activities that contribute towards the creative delivery of the SMSC. The New Wolsey Theatre is based in Ipswich. Our mission is to create, develop and produce a vital and dynamic programme of theatre and other live performances and projects, for all the people of Suffolk and surrounding areas. Our Creative Learning offer for schools has a range of opportunities for teachers and students alike to enhance their skills. Our workshops not only develop creativity and theatre making skills but can also have a significant impact on confidence, aspiration, soft skills and employability.

The Fitzwilliam Museum: Making the Most of Museums: This workshop will demonstrate a range of practical activities designed to stimulate creative and cross-curricular enquiry working with objects and pictures. We will think about some of the opportunities and challenges of organising a trip to a local museum and then review a range of collections based online resources which you can use to support your classroom teaching. The Fitzwilliam Museum is part of The Cambridge University Museums and Collections, which hold more than five million works of art, artefacts and specimens in one square mile of Cambridge. The University’s collections are a world-class resource for researchers, students and members of the public.

Laboratory Media Education: Create your own digital instruments: This will be a very hands on session showing how you can create unique digital instruments that can be decorated and played live. You decide what shape it it is where the buttons go, what sounds it makes and how to decorate it. We will be using some very simple circuitry and everyday craft materials.

Wysing Arts CentreArtists and Technologies: Artists are increasingly using digital technologies to make their work. In this session, led Wysing Studio Artist Laura Hindmarsh, you will see demonstrations of her work, get the opportunity to test out technologies and discuss ideas of how these can be used to inspired future projects and cross-disciplinary opportunities. The workshop will explore hi and low-fi technologies including stereoscopes, cardboard camera, GIFs, 360 video and photogrammetry. The workshop links to Wysing Arts Centre’s latest exhibition ‘Warm Worlds and Otherwise’ which features innovative Virtual Reality work created by Anna Bunting-Branch. From cutting-edge experiments in VR, to the once-revolutionary technology of the paperback book, the workshop will explore ways different ways to use technologies to inspire students at school. The workshop is intended for secondary teachers, although primary and SEN teachers may also benefit. Wysing’s rural site near Cambridge includes a gallery, education studio, artists’ studios, project spaces, a 17th century farmhouse and outdoor sculptures. The centre provides a range of programmes for artistic research, experimentation, discovery and production. We work with visual artists, musicians, dancers, choreographers and writers, and those working in other disciplines that have a strong connection to the visual arts.

CALSAExploring our Cultural & Arts Leaders in Schools and Academies Programme: more info TBC

+ more to be announced