THINK, TALK, MAKE ART
Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange has been awarded almost £150,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund to deliver Think, Talk, Make Art, an ambitious two-year project to put works of art into nine local schools, along with a programme of continuing professional development and learning for teachers.
The Gallery has partnered with nine primary schools, led by Newlyn School, in rural West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, to create an in-school gallery at each location. Artworks have been borrowed from the Arts Council Collection and Cornwall Council Schools Art Collection, to be displayed in each school for 18 months.
Catherine Sutton, Head of Programme – Education at Paul Hamlyn Foundation said: “Paul Hamlyn Foundation is delighted to support this programme which seeks to build teachers’ skills and confidence in delivering a rich visual art curriculum and explores how the making and interpretation of art supports pupils’ creativity, oracy and critical thinking.”
As well as providing each school with its own gallery, the award will also fund a programme of live and digital continuing professional development and learning for teachers and senior staff led by artist-educators. Teachers’ learning will focus on practical sessions, exploring drawing, printmaking and 3D-construction, along with thinking and talking about art, enabling them to harness the full potential of art across their curriculum.
Jenny Blunden OBE, Chief Executive of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust:
“We are delighted to be part of this dynamic partnership that has been successful in our bid to Paul Hamlyn Teacher’s Development Fund. We are really excited to get started on this new initiative to develop high quality arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, alongside our partners at Newlyn Art Gallery.”
The purpose of the Teacher Development Fund is to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.
The Partner Schools are Ludgvan, Nancledra, Newlyn, Pensans, St Hilary in west Cornwall, and St Agnes, St Martins, St Marys, Tresco on the Isles of Scilly, from Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, and Leading Edge Academies Partnership.
TRURO AND PENWITH ACADEMY TRUST is a successful partnership of 28 schools in Cornwall with a shared mission to improve the life chances of the children and young people in our schools.
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LEADING EDGE ACADEMY TRUST is one of the smallest yet one of the highest performing Multiple Academy Trusts in the country, with just six schools, including the Isles of Scilly Five Islands Academy.
PAUL HAMLYN FOUNDATION (PHF) was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. He died in 2001 and left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. PHF use their resources to support social change, working towards a just and equitable society in which everyone, especially young people, can realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.