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Find Your Talent have been working in partnership with ArtForms and the Gifted and Talented National Strategies team on CPD (Continuing Professional Development) around Talent in the Arts.
The ‘Talent in the Arts’ project is focused on enhancing classroom practice to create a challenging experience for the benefit for all pupils. The involvement of a professional artist helps to develop teachers’ confidence and extends and broadens the curriculum.
During the Summer Term, Year 3 and 4 class teachers from Morley and Seacroft Manston schools will work alongside visual artist, Steve Pool, on Talent in the Arts: Visual Art.
The school’s teachers will be supported by the artist to identify children who are demonstrating talent within visual art. The programme challenges perceptions about what “talent” looks like and which children are considered to be talented.
The identified children from across the schools will spend a day at Leeds Art Gallery working with Steve Pool, the resulting work will support Open Show which is taking place there over the summer.
Talent in the Arts: Drama, is currently taking place with 6 schools from across the city.
The information generated from the Talent in the Arts programmes will form the basis of a resource for all Leeds schools, to be disseminated from September 2010. It will also support a year long focus on raising the profile of “talent” in the arts in the Leeds localities.
Find Your Talent and ArtForms, Education Leeds are leading a two year project with Seacroft Manston schools, looking at what arts are on offer in the classroom and whether there is fair and equitable provision across the area. Over the next two years, with schools driving the agenda, new arts activities for pupils and training for staff will be commissioned. The ultimate aim is to create a model cultural offer: an ideal arts & cultural experience from the point of view of a child as they move through school life.
To celebrate the start of the project, each school has been able to buy in two days’ of an artist’s time to create a project for Shine week. The response is growing. Schools are keen to broaden provision and to explore the idea of a creative curriculum. St Theresa’s Primary in Manston has just become a Change school with Creative Partnerships. Their headteacher has a commitment to, and clear vision of, the role arts and creativity can play in raising aspirations and standards.
On June 5th the whole staff enjoyed an intensive creative day at Temple Newsam (pictured). Artforms arranged for visual artist, Lou Sumray, radio practitioner, Adrian Sinclair from East Leeds FM, and Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah to lead sessions with teachers. East Leeds FM broadcast from their caravan, parked outside the magnificent Temple Newsam House. The whole experience was a huge success, and given even more impact thanks to the fantastic surroundings.
The Find Your Talent team had a great day taking part in The Store at the West Park Centre yesterday. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with a huge range freelance artists, arts organisations and teachers.
There was a great buzz to the day with performances from young people and practitioners throughout the event. The Store is an annual event hosted and programmed by Artforms and has become a key networking date for teachers and Leeds’ cultural sector. As well as making friends with this amazing Griffin (made by artist Naomi Parker), Find Your Talent signed up over fifty artists and arts organisations to the Culture Network.