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Artist in Residence


An Artist in Residence is an opportunity to work flexibly with an artist to enrich curriculum delivery, support skills development and embed a creative culture across your school. A residency can be anything from a few weeks to a full academic year and beyond, with an artist working with you regularly. Typical activity may include:

  • Regular artist-led skills sessions with pupils (class-based teaching or PPA cover)
  • Special projects
  • Topic-based activity
  • Supporting staff with planning – developing creative teaching resources / schemes of work
  • Larger scale collaborative projects – resulting in new artworks for school display
  • Practical staff meetings and INSET sessions
  • Exhibitions or displays of children’s work
  • Creative playtimes, lunchtime and/or after school art clubs

School Improvement:

Curriculum Programmes | Staff Development

  • Specialist Art and Design support 
  • Creative planning with phase leaders/teaching staff
  • Cross-curricular topics or IPC units
  • Special projects
  • Team teaching opportunities
  • Regular workshops / PPA cover
  • Artist-led INSET and staff meetings

The Arts:

Skills Development | Arts Enrichment

  • Enriched curriculum
  • Creative culture embedded throughout the school
  • Develop art and design skills: drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, etc.
  • Longer-term partnerships with artists
  • Exhibitions, high quality displays and new artwork for your school


“Our children are making exceptional progress, learning new skills and developing positive attitudes. They are encouraged to think independently and apply their learning.” Teacher

“By working with an expert, the children’s outcomes have been of a much higher standard than usual.” Class teacher and year group leader

“The artwork created has been stunning, and far exceeded our expectations. The children have been completely focused, and have really enjoyed their learning. Thank you.” Teacher

"Extremely impressive work, and really heartening to see such talent.” School Governor

Project Costs:

From £270 + materials per day / £2,700 per term + materials

Costs vary dependent on the number of class groups, workshop days or sessions.

Costs may be reduced for a multiple term booking.

Illustrative Outputs:

  • Staff meetings / INSET sessions
  • Practical workshops and projects with pupils
  • Lesson plans, schemes of work and teaching resources
  • High quality displays and production of original artwork

Outcomes and Impact: 

  • Raised attainment in art and design and across the curriculum
  • Progression of pupils’ skills throughout the term / year
  • Inspired staff with the skills, confidence and resources to teach more creatively
  • Visible and vibrant creative school culture
  • Creative approaches embedded into schemes of work and teachers practice
  • Enhanced school environment

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