Creative Year for The Treasure Group

Published: 13th June 2017

The Treasure Group

The Treasure Group

Over the last year The Treasure Group children have explored printmaking with artist Theresa Easton, animation inspired by Macbeth with Lesley Anne Rose and drama commemorating the First World War with Ree Collins. They have had an exhibition in The Step Up Gallery, screened their film Spooky Shakespeare at the North East Young Film Makers Awards and performed for an audience. Every child who took part has achieved at least one Arts Award.

Elizabeth Kane learning officer said,

“The Treasure Group really enjoy meeting new artists. Some group members achieved three Arts Awards this year. They have attained their Explore, Shakespeare and WW1 Special Editions Arts Award. Arts Award is a national qualification that helps children develop their arts, communication and leadership skills so we know this process will really benefit those children that took part. It’s a great achievement.”

Since 2013, The Learning and Participation Team at The Customs House have worked with foster carers as well as fostering and education staff to help foster children in South Tyneside achieve their Arts Award. Originally this was part of Trinity College’s Reaching Out programme to engage more children who are harder to reach. You can find out more about the original pilot here.

We thank The PLACE (South Tyneside’s Virtual School for Looked After Children) for funding this project and the carers and South Tyneside Fostering Services for their support getting children to and from sessions. If you would like to know more about this project or would like to fund future projects with The Treasure Group please email Elizabeth@customshouse.co.uk