Access to the visual arts
Visual arts activities for young people are more important than ever, since the decline in the teaching of arts subjects in schools, says Jane Sillis, Director of engage. Read more
Shakespeare to suit
Patrick Spottiswoode outlines how the Globe Theatre in London is continuing a long tradition in adapting Shakespeare’s plays for the young. Read more
Sample, Discover, Share
Join this free local Creative Networking & Arts Sampling Event for Teachers and Librarians in South East London (particularly those in Bexley and Bromley). The event follows on the success of the November event in Greenwich. At the event, you will gain insight into local creative opportunities available for your pupils and sample multi-art form ideas & techniques. Book now
IdeasTap Inspires: Royal Shakespeare Company and New New
Want to learn Shakespeare from the experts? IdeasTap and the Royal Shakespeare Company are offering an incredible free training opportunity for actors aged 18+. They're giving 24 performers the chance to attend a once-in-a-lifetime bootcamp weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon from 16 to 18 January 2015. Read more
IdeasTap and New Adventures are offering 300 performers the chance to take part in free dance workshops in Bristol, Plymouth, Leeds, London and Liverpool in October and November. The workshops are designed to help dancers and physical theatre performers develop their skills and get a taste of the company’s distinctive style and technique. Read more
National Literacy Trust - New Children's Author Prize
A new writing competition to find the “next big thing” in children’s literature has being launched by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Bloomsbury. The New Children’s Author Prize is set to unearth brilliant new talent in writing for children. Unpublished authors who enter the competition will be in with the chance of winning a publishing contract with Bloomsbury, publisher behind the Harry Potter series. Read more
UK has more graduates but without skills and social mobility
The UK's massive expansion in university education has not led to a parallel increase in skills, an international study by the OECD has discovered, with only a quarter of the country's graduates reaching the highest levels in literacy, well below other top-performing nations. Read more
Ofsted warns over provision for school leavers
Too many young people in England drop out of sixth-form or college and are not being given the chances that will help them in future, Ofsted is warning. High numbers of youngsters are "not well served" by their courses, it says. Read more
Early Career Professional
The London Transport Museum have designed a session called Skills for Schools, which aims to use the collection to develop employability skills of students in Y8-11. As part of the programme students have the opportunity to interview Early Career Professionals and explore what paths and choices they have made in their career so far. For more information download the flyer below.
SLAMbassadors Free Spoken Word Workshops in Schools
SLAMbassadors UK is the Poetry Society’s pioneering youth poetry slam championships and the longest running slam in the country. In 2014 they are looking to develop the programme in 18 schools across Brent, Camden and Ealing. The 2-day workshops are completely free to all participating schools. For more information see below.
Come and join two excavators as they scuttle through the muck finding treasures hidden amongst a world of rubbish. A magical world where, at the touch of a puppeteer's hand, the contents of a bin bag can transform before your eyes. Read more
Grand Union Youth Orchestra concert this Sunday
Come along and join members of the Grand Union Youth Orchestra, London's pioneering world music youth ensemble, for an afternoon of music to celebrate the launch of our autumn programme. Expect a truly global sound, with calypso and ska, salsa and samba, infectious West African drum rhythms with bhangra, South African township music and stunning jazz improvisation. Guaranteed to move the feet and lift the heart. For details download the flyer below.
If you’re aged 13-21 and interested in finding your voice, come tomorrow and audition for the BAC BEATBOX ACADEMY, a group of London’s most exciting young beatboxers, vocalists & MCs. If you get past the auditions, you’ll take part in an 8 week process, working alongside professional artists like Shlomo, Reeps One, Ball-Zee or Conrad Murray to create original compositions that you will record and perform at Battersea Arts Centre and tour across the city. Read more