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Creativity in Barking and Dagenham Gathers PACE

Submitted by Education on Wed, 14/02/2018 - 14:36

We’re pleased to announce a new three-year partnership with the PACE consortium of eight schools across Barking and Dagenham. Over 6,500 children are set to benefit from new programmes led by professional artists.

Artists, designers, and makers from a range of disciplines will work alongside teachers at Becontree, Five Elms, Gascoigne, Grafton, Henry Green, Southwood, Valence and William Bellamy primary schools to deliver an inspirational programme of creative education projects. Students will have the opportunity to make and display artwork and learn valuable, life-long creative skills.

Visits to galleries and artist studios will give students an insight into the wealth of career opportunities in the rapidly growing creative arts sector. Artwork made by pupils, teachers, and artists will be celebrated annually with a curated exhibition, attended by the children’s families.

On behalf of all the PACE schools I would like to say how delighted we are to be working in partnership with Bow Arts. We firmly believe that the long commitment to working together will have an extremely positive impact on all our children. We are all really looking forward to starting the project - an amazing opportunity for all our children and the whole school community.

Martin Nicholson, Headteacher at Grafton Primary School

The partnership follows the recent opening of IceHouse Court in Barking where designer, curator and experienced artist educator Haidée Drew has a studio.

Last week, children and their teachers from the eight schools visited Ice House Court for a tour of the studios, to meet the artists and celebrate the new partnership.

We are excited to be extending our successful consortium model into Barking and Dagenham.

Photography by Rob Harris