What is Native Creatives?
Native Creatives is a termly series of free, twilight sessions programmed by Jen Langeskov, Education Programme Manager of Festival Bridge, in collaboration with Susan Coles, Arts, Creativity & Educational Consultant. Native Creatives serves as a reminder for educators to nurture their practice and passion for the arts, in order to benefit their personal creativity and professional knowledge.
As a response to the return to school following lockdown in September 2020, Festival Bridge listened to the needs of our teachers. Teachers were left with feelings of isolation, anxiety and confusion surrounding the return to the classroom. We felt best placed to help with a programme aimed at supporting mental health and wellbeing. Following the first programme, it became apparent that teachers of the creative arts, and artist-teachers needed support in addressing their own personal creativity, either as a practicing artist or someone who engages with arts and culture outside of work. Native Creatives was born with the aim to primarily support personal artistic practice, but to also inspire and motivate in the classroom.
Delivered online, past sessions have included discussions led by notable academic speakers, along with workshops and presentations from artists and educators on a vast range of topical issues. Our sessions offer a space to learn, share and discover alternative experiences – our audiences have found themselves visiting the moon with Lucy Sheerman, strolling amongst forests of imagination with Penny Hay, and dancing along to a silent disco with Hunt & Darton.
Native Creatives allows teachers and educators to explore their personal and professional practice; remembering that they are not only educators, but creatives too.
Who is it for?
Native Creatives is primarily, though not exclusively, designed for creative educators; teachers, primary arts leads and artist educators at any stage of their career. We would also welcome attendance from any other teachers or educators who have an interest in, or would like to develop their own creativity.
Native Creatives Live
On Saturday 16th July, Festival Bridge will be hosting Native Creatives Live, a face to face event for 30 East Anglian Teachers (Primary and Secondary). The event includes guest speaker talks and a co-created workshop, creative activities and equipment, a Q&A with industry professionals, networking opportunities, and more. Tickets to the event are £20.
There are only 30 places to ensure a deeper level of learning and engagement from participants. The event will be held in the Guildhall building in Norwich (home of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival), it will also also be streamed online for others at home.
Want to experience our past programmes?
Follow the link below to view all previous session recordings and to access additional resources.
Want to know more?
Watch Jen Langeskov, Susan Coles and Stephen Chamberlain discuss Native Creatives; the impact of personal creative development and its value within educational practice.