Chair of ACE makes a case for the importance of a high quality cultural education

12 February 2016

Also this week: more than half of art teachers consider quitting as subject becomes 'devalued', and Tomb Raider creator to open two new free schools

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Chair of Arts Council England argues that 'all pupils should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform their own artistic work'

Peter Bazalgette, Chair of ACE, has made a case for the importance of a high quality cultural education in an article for TES. He argues that while 'all our children deserve a rich cultural education; not all of them are getting it’. Read here

More than half of art teachers consider quitting as subject becomes 'devalued'

New research carried out by the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) has revealed that many art teachers are considering quitting as the subject is becoming squeezed amid high-stakes exams. Read more

Psychologists have found that artists often display complex and contradictory characteristics

Creative people’s brains really do work differently - Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman explain how in an article for Quartz. Read more

Tomb Raider creator to open two new free schools - one in east London - focused on STEAM learning

Games magnate Ian Livingstone’s is to open two schools in Tower Hamlets, east London, and Bournemouth under the Aspirations Academies Trust - offering 3,000 places and an education rooted in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (Steam). Read more

Petition to keep ENO from ‘splintering’ gets 2,500 signatures

The petition has received support from leading names in opera, and calls on ENO to maintain regular performances and “seek alternative solutions” to balancing its current budget so that jobs can be saved. Read more

Young Songwriter 2016

Now in it’s 5th exciting year, the 2016 Young Songwriter competition is now open for entries from across the UK & Ireland. Open to young people aged between 7 and 18 with a love for writing their own original songs. Read more

Subway under Marylebone Road transformed into colourful 'Wonderpass'

A neglected pedestrian underpass has been transformed into a colourful “Wonderpass” celebrating Baker Street’s cultural heritage. Read more

EVENTS

BalletBoyz Workshop Week

Following the London debut of Life at Sadler’s Wells (20 – 24 April) BalletBoyz will be offering workshops led by the company dancer's. Workshops will be available on a first come, first served basis and are available to male and female students 11 +. Read more

Discover & Explore Arts Award Adviser training

Develop young people’s creativity and reward achievement with Arts Award. This course is for adults who want to become Discover and Explore Arts Award advisers. Read more

BREATHE Festival

BREATHE is a three-week festival running across Stoke Newington featuring performances and collaborations from artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers. The festival is centred around VOX: a multi-sensory wind harp installation by Output Arts. Read more

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