Discover In a Day Announcement

Published: 18th October 2016

Culture Bridge North East and the Learning and Participation Team at Customs House Announce the Organisations Participating in Regional Pilot Arts Award ‘Discover In a Day’.

Culture Bridge North East together with The Customs House are pleased to announce the organisations taking part in our Arts Award ‘Discover in a Day’ pilot programme.

Pilot organisations are Amber Film and Photography Collective, balletLORENT, Helix Arts, The Old Low Lights, North Tyneside Education Hub, Northern Stage, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Beamish Museum, GemArts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

Fiona Martin Learning and Participation Manager at Customs House said, “We were impressed by the depth of thought and quality of the applications we received. It was difficult to shortlist just ten organisations or partnerships but we are confident these organisations will gain experience and confidence that could lead to sustained Arts Award activity after the pilot is complete.”

Eileen Atkins, Area Manager, Culture Bridge North East said: “We are really excited to be launching our Discover in a Day programme. We look forward to working with the cultural organisations involved and supporting them in their expertise to help children and young people achieve their Arts Award qualification.”

Amber Film and Photography Collective will be delivering Arts Award within a school as well as with a group of pupils at the newly re-developed Side Gallery. Catherine Scott from Amber said, “This offers an excellent opportunity to develop delivery incorporating the new improved facilities at Side.”

balletLORENT gives children the opportunity to work alongside professional dancers featuring in their touring productions.  balletLORENT is keen to build its expertise using Arts Award as a process to enhance its schools’ provision.

Helix Arts plan to work with young people in rural areas and particularly want to engage children from Army families. Catherine Hearne Chief Executive said, “Exploring and embedding Arts Award into our programmes and in the different contexts we work is important to us…  Discover in a Day would help us build this offer.

Pearl Saddington from the Old Low Lights will work in partnership with youth and community workers with young people from the Meadow Well l Estate in North Tyneside. The Old Low Lights opened 18 months ago in North Shields revealing the story of North Shields. The Old Low Lights will use the pilot to engage new young audiences. Arts Award can be a powerful audience development tool.

North Tyneside Music Education Hub recently became an Arts Award Centre. Julie Dorr Lead for North Tyneside plans to work with a school that does not currently engage with Arts Award or Artsmark Award.

Northern Stage is launching their new participation space in the near future. This space will be a fantastic asset enhancing their schools offer. Susan Mulholland, Deputy Director of Participation recently completed Discover and Explore Arts Award adviser training. Susan has ambitious plans to use the pilot as a chance to create a play in a day.

Cultural organisations in Sunderland have a track record of working in partnership to deliver quality learning opportunities for children. Jennie Lambert from Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens together with Kathryn Brame from the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art plan to work together with 3rd Year BA Primary Education students from Sunderland University to develop a programme for Grange Park Primary School in Sunderland.

Beamish Museum is planning to work in partnership with Diamond Hall Junior School in Sunderland to extend their cultural education offer. Beamish has recently expanded its collection to include objects and displays representing the 1950s. The pilot will allow young artists to work with staff at Beamish exploring the Pitman painters work and create paintings about their everyday life.

Gateshead’s GemArts vision is to raise aspirations, build stronger communities and break down barriers. GemArts plan to pilot the Discover in a Day delivery model in schools with a high proportion of learners with English as a second language. We look forward to seeing how Arts Award can help GemArts achieve their organisational aims.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is starting a year round programme of engagement with schools following the success of this year’s festival. Val Tobiaas from Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival said, “The Discover in a Day could be used in future during the festival period and this supported programme will allow us to trail this.”

We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this pilot in 2017. Elizabeth Kane Learning Officer at The Customs House said, “Lots of children and young people will benefit directly from working with these organisations. We hope the organisations taking part go on to use this Arts Award delivery model to benefit more young people.”

For further information about about the Discover in a Day pilot programme email Elizabeth Kane at Elizabeth@customshouse.co.uk