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Five Years of the Poplar Consortium

Submitted by Education on Fri, 05/07/2019 - 16:47

This year celebrates five years of the Poplar Consortium – a collaboration between Bow Arts and eight schools in Poplar. Over the past five years, 5,877 children and young people have taken part in creative projects, 50 bespoke projects have taken place with professional artists, and 145 accredited Arts Award qualifications have been awarded.

The partnership recognises the value of bringing artists into schools and demonstrates the impact of long-standing collaborations. The projects delivered in schools are distinctive for their ambition and innovative approaches, with creative and sensory play and multidisciplinary art promoted across the consortia. Projects have focused on pupil voice and leadership opportunities to support school arts councils, co-production of artworks to address school needs and team-teaching approaches to enhance confidence in art curriculum delivery.

Having a Designer in Residence was a wonderful experience and opportunity to see a creative professional at work. The children were exposed to a new way of working, and learned about art and design as a career.

Kerri Sellens, Lansbury Lawrence Primary School

The Bow Arts education team and Poplar consortium teachers have co-produced a publication that celebrates the achievements, ambition and creativity of the partnership. Through case studies, short essays and interviews, the publication focuses on risk-taking in order to develop innovative creative learning experiences. It represents what artists can bring to the classroom, at a time when many schools are looking to develop their creative offer.

The publication will be launched on 9 October 2019 at the Nunnery Café in an event delivered with teachers from the Poplar schools and A New Direction who bring schools and cultural organisations together. Places are free but limited, click here to register!

Download the full publication: Poplar Consortium Celebrating 5 Years of Artists in Schools here.

If you are interested in finding out more about our consortium model or working with us to develop a bespoke project for your school, please contact or 020 8980 7774.