Meadow Arts Inspires!

11th April 2017

Meadow Arts is excited to be developing its education programme, called Meadow Arts Inspires. It sets out our commitment to (ACE) Arts Council England’s work focusing on children and young people, as outlined in their Great Art and Culture for Everyone strategy.

Funded initially by the Ernest Cook Trust and ACE, our work aims to reach out to all children and young people aged 5-25 living in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We will expand our work with primary, secondary and special schools, F.E. colleges and universities to deliver an ambitious range of contemporary visual arts-based projects that tie into Arts Award and that offer CPD opportunities to teachers and other professionals working across the sector.

Merie joins the teamWe are delighted to welcome Merie Eglesfield-Hope to the Meadow Arts team, in the new post of Education and Engagement Officer. Merie joins us from Regency High School where she was Head of Performing Arts and, amongst other roles in her job, she helped special needs teenagers to achieve Arts Award Gold.

Merie has been involved in arts education for 17-years and thus brings a great deal of first-hand experience and practical knowledge to the table, not least, the coordination and implementation of outreach programmes across networks of schools. Merie understands the pressures faced within schools and the huge, positive impact that well managed arts projects can bring, to inspire and encourage children’s learning and to empower them as individuals.

Merie has also worked with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, SAMPAD and Ikon Gallery. The post is part-time and when not at Meadow Arts, Merie plans to continue to ‘keep it real’ by pursuing her personal performing arts and dance interests, and delivering freelance teaching work.

We can’t wait for Merie to get started on the Meadow Arts team, and to extend the great work we do in schools across our region.