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    Arts Award lunchtime chats

    Author: Kate Attard

    Date: 06 May 2020

    You may or may not have seen that we have been promoting a weekly lunchtime webinar chat over on social media where we hear from advisers and centres and how they have been adapting their Arts Award delivery over the last few weeks with young people working at home.

    Some centres have managed to continue the delivery they began before lockdown whereas others have stated whole new projects that set out to engage young people and ensure creativity still flourishes and skills develop in new ways.

    Here we give a round up of the webinars we have already run and how you can access the recordings as well as our upcoming lunchtime sessions.

    Don't forget also to check out our blog posts to support you with adapting your deliver to remote working, including specific ones covering Bronze and Explore.

    Upcoming sessions to register for

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. All webinars take place at 12.30pm.

    • Monday 1 June - DIY Theatre This week we will be joined by Sue Caudle, Artistic Director of DIY Theatre Company. DIY is an established Learning Disability Theatre Company based in Salford. Sue will be sharing some of the adaptations that she has made to supporting young people with learning disabilities to continue to work towards their Arts Awards during lockdown.
    • Monday 8 June - Lighthouse Poole. This week we will joined by Perdie Bargh from Lighthouse Poole, Centre for the Arts. Perdie will tell us about how they are continuing to run their Young Writers scheme via online workshops using Zoom. We will also hear about how they are continuing to support young people to complete their Bronze Arts Awards remotely.
    • Monday 15 June - King's School Worcester. This week we will be joined by Head of Drama, Shara Parry from The King's School Worcester. Shara will share with us how she has continued to support learners to work towards their Arts Award remotely.
    • Monday 22 June - Children's University Kent.  This week we will be joined by Emma Jenkins from the Education People who run the Children's University in Kent. Emma will tell us how they have been delivering Discover during lock down, working with parents on home learning challenges.
    • Monday 29th June - Venture Arts. This week we will be joined by Venture Arts as they talk us through the recent adaptations they have made to their Arts Award delivery.

    Catch up with previous sessions

    You can also catch up with our previous webinars and find and links shared during them here

    Upstart projects/Arts award Voice

    Di Walton and Emrys Green from Upstart projects joined us to talk about how Voice Magazine can help support advisers and young people with your Arts Award delivery and cultural engagement. They also shared their top tips for Arts Award advising from home based on previous experience of offering in this way joined by one of the young people who achieved with them in this way, Jo.

    Some useful links we shared during the session

    Access the recording here

    Chichester Festival Theatre

    We were delighted to be joined by Richard Knowles, Education Projects Manager and Ella Bassett, Community Trainee from Chichester Festival Theatre. We discussed the theatre's approach to delivering Arts Award online. Ella also spoke about her journey with Gold Arts Award so far as part of her traineeship and the adaptations that she has made. To find out more about their remote Arts Award offer please see their website

    Access the recording here

    The Point, Eastleigh Borough Council

    We were joined by Emma Christie from The Point, Eastleigh. We discussed the their approach to delivering Arts Award Discover as a home arts challenge, and explored their supporting website and resources. You can find out more about their Arts Award Discover at home offer on their website.

    Access the recording here

    Music Learning Collective

    Paul Hose joined us from Music Learning Collective, a group of music schools in the Midlands who offer Arts Award alongside their instrumental lessons. He talked us through how they have moved their Arts Award delivery online and offered Discover and Explore to keep their participants engaged.

    Some useful links from the MLC website shared during the webinar

    Access the recording here

    Haberdashers' Aske School for Girls

    We were joined by Simon Tuner, Louise Wallace, Charlotte Turner who deliver Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award and have transferred their delivery online since lockdown and found some real benefits to their online delivery that they plan to continue when the school is open again. The school has been using the online resources on Arts Award on Voice which you can find links to further up this page.

    Access the recording here

    Kids in  Museums

    We were joined by Alison Bowyer from Kids in Museums who will share interesting examples of remote Arts Award delivery from the museums and heritage sector as well as talking about the challenges they are setting online.

    Some useful links shared during the webinar

    Access the recording here

    Skimstone Arts

    We were joined by Claire Webster Saaremets from Skimstone Arts who shared how they have been continuing to deliver Arts Award remotely with some very vulnerable young people and the breakthroughs that some of the have had during lockdown.

    Access the recording here



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