Making Sense

A new Local Cultural Education Partnership for Southwark developed in response to Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter

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Led by Southwark partners Mountview and South London Gallery, this digital and in-person resource promotes cultural and collective learning and develops skills to underpin the production of creative outputs. The Making Sense digital platform, alongside in-school youth collectives, will generate safe spaces to share stories and explore experiences cross-generationally, whilst artist-led workshops, programmes of professional practice, skills development and interdisciplinary arts activity will support the creation of content for sharing.

The partnership helps forge links between young people and the borough’s varied cultural partners, including Southwark’s F.A.T. Studio, the Southwark Culture, Health & Wellbeing Partnership, Southwark Arts Network and others. 

Making Sense fosters agency in young people by enabling them to steer their own cultural learning and give voice on issues of importance to them. By ensuring access to the resources young people need in these unique and challenging times, young people will be given opportunities to develop advocacy, oracy and literacy skills by co-creating digital content and curating live events. Teachers and practitioners are offered an aspirational space to collectively explore recovery, rethink diversity within the curriculum, share and experiment with ideas, meet artists, and incentivise students.

New connections, wellbeing, diversity and resilience are the objectives for the legacy of this partnership over the medium and long term with specific outcomes for the 18 months of the Making Sense programme as follows: 

  • A common framework for embedding racial literacy and a culture of openness and anti-racism across schools and cultural communities.  
  • A dynamic, creative co-learning space for experimentation, exploration, and representation.
  • Live events and digital showcases.
  • Work experience, careers development and commissioning opportunities for young people.
  • Ongoing learning for teachers, artist educators and young people between and within our institutions. 
  • A repository for shared knowledge, research and best practice for cross-sector professionals

Challenge London investment from A New Direction: £46,514 over 18 months