Meadow Arts Inspires - callout to schools

29th November 2016

Exciting news! Applications are open for Meadow Arts Inspires, our vibrant and successful collaboration project with schools in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. Here at Meadow Arts we believe in bringing contemporary art to a wider audience and we love working with children and their teachers. We send our fantastic artists into schools to work directly with students, helping teachers to cover curriculum objectives in art and design - and beyond. We are even able to tie in with school topics, and can extend into areas such as music, maths, science and literacy.

Would your school like to be involved? Meadow Arts funds the majority of the scheme, and so for schools it’s a very affordable way of delivering a wide-ranging enrichment project.

"The final exhibition was truly spectacular and pupils were excited and proud to show their families around the exhibition, pointing out their own work.  Megan’s ideas, combined with those of the pupils, resulted in a very professional and effective showcase for the work."

Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge School

Meadow Arts is an Arts Award supporter which means that we can help young people achieve their Arts Award qualifications.

Megan Clark-Bagnall in from of Faye Claridge's 'Inventive Offspring'

A lively discussion of Faye Claridge's Inventive Offspring at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

A Meadow Arts Inspires project begins with students and teachers visiting a contemporary art exhibition with our Lead Artist, who will help the children formulate their own creative responses to the art. Back at school, children produce their own artwork with specially selected artists. Our Lead Artist then works with the children to curate their own exhibition: this, for example, can take the form of a large wall display or permanent piece of artwork to remain in school, depending on what the teachers and Lead Artist set out to achieve. This takes place over the course of several days, on an agreed schedule throughout the term.

"…the way the project linked the history of the area and landscape with historic and contemporary art … was very exciting"

Nathan Tromans, artist

Short film about the project at Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge CE School in 2015

Meadow Arts Inspires can also be used as an opportunity for children to apply curriculum skills in real-life contexts, supporting their mastery of subjects. Our schools projects enable students and teachers to work towards achieving Arts Awards. Run by Trinity College, London, in collaboration with Arts Council England, Arts Award is similar in concept to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, focusing on the development, not only of artistic talent, but also leadership and interpersonal skills.

We understand that due to the demands of the new curriculum, teachers are very pressed for time so we try to keep a light touch. Teachers are asked to fill out a form with a few details of what curriculum objectives they would like to support, followed by an hour-long initial meeting with relevant teachers and our Lead Artist; after that, teachers are required to visit the exhibition, and be present during the art sessions in school, but our aim is to relieve a little of the pressure!

We are always eager to meet new schools and so if you would like more information, or wish to apply to take part in 2017 or beyond, please contact our Education Officer, Katy Moran, at info@meadowarts.org

Meadow Arts Inspires is supported with funding from Arts Council England and The Ernest Cook Trust.