Artsmark Festival

On Saturday 13 October 2018 we invited teachers and staff from Artsmark schools, and arts and cultural organisations to our inaugural Artsmark Festival at Artsmark Platinum awarded King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds. With a day of networking, support from our Artsmark experts and a series of inspirational workshops.

Part of the national Artsmark Celebration Week 2018.

“It was a really good opportunity to meet other teachers and schools involved and share ideas. I came away feeling inspired and enthusiastic about a medium we have never used in school before.”

“This event was inspiring and just what we needed after a stressful week. It reminded me that teaching can be fun and gave me quick ideas on how to make it that way.”

“Great day, very helpful with lots of ideas and good chance to meet others from other settings. Would love to see similar happen again!”

See the full programme below.



Workshops and CPD sessions

Wysing Arts CentreArtists and Technologies: 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. 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.  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.

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 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.

Crafts Council: Our Future in the Making: 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. 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.

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.

University of Cambridge Museums + Kettle’s Yard: 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.

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.