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20 May 2019, 1–5pm

An afternoon for learning professionals and creative practitioners to collectively explore projects and activity that focuses on pupil voice and youth voice in our region inspired by Kettle’s Yard’s partnership with artist Oscar Murillo’s Frequencies project. Learn from a project that looks at providing spaces for students to explore their creativity and critical thinking, exploring ideas around pupil voice within an educational institution as well as providing you with information and support for your Artsmark award and application.

£5, booking required
FREE for schools who are registered to Artsmark

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How can young people’s voices be heard? How can this be nurtured to support motivated young people? How can pupil voice be implemented in schools? How can young people’s views support the development of a positive creative and cultural learning environment where young people take responsibility and leadership in their learning? How can schools, colleges and universities provide an education environment that means that young people are authentically engaged in their learning?

This creative development seminar, inspired by Kettle’s Yard’s partnership with the Frequencies project, aims to explore, activate and nurture ideas around pupil voice within an educational institution. Find out more about the Frequencies project with Clara Dublanc.

This event is for art and creative specialists in education institutions who wish to enhance their skills and strategic thinking for creatively supporting young people’s needs. We will discuss how education institutions and cultural organisations listen to the needs of young people and think about how to enable them to express their views.

The final part of the afternoon will be an opportunity you to find out more about Artsmark, a national accreditation for schools with a broad and high-quality arts and cultural provision. For those already on this journey, this afternoon will also shape into a support session for those wishing to gain support on how to develop the pupil voice element of your statement of commitment or case study.


1pm – Refreshments and an opportunity to view canvases from Cambridge schools as part of the Frequencies project in the Clore Learning Space.

1.10pm – Welcome Introduction from Emily Chase, Learning and Engagement Officer at Kettle’s Yard (Maternity Cover) and Freelance Artsmark Support Officer, Festival Bridge

1.15pm – Clara Dublanc, Project Producer for Frequencies

1.45pm – Ben Sandbrook, Director of World Pencil

2.15pm – Hilary Cox-Condron, Artist Facilitator

2.30pm – Questions and discussion

2.50pm – Rae Snape, Head Teacher and Emily Lane, Lead Art Coordinator at Spinney School, Cambridge

3.20pm – Katherine Nightingale, Creative Director of 20Twenty Productions CIC

3.50pm – Ruth Sapseed Director of arts and well-being charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI)

4.20pm – Questions and discussion

4.50pm – Artsmark break out session with Stephanie Peachey, Senior Programme Manager for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Festival Bridge, and Emily Chase (This is optional, for schools wishing to gain support or further information about Artsmark.)

Clara Dublanc and Frequencies

Clara Dublanc, project producer for Frequencies, will talk about the Frequencies project’s aims and explorations. The project permitted young people from schools around the world and most recently Cambridge, to freely mark make on canvases, secured to their desks for six months. You will have the opportunity to see these canvases as part of the event, exhibited on tables in the Clore Learning Studio.

Frequencies is a long-term project devised by Colombian-born artist Oscar Murillo, as a collaboration with students aged ten to sixteen from schools across the globe. The project consists of temporarily affixing canvases to classroom desks; the students are not given any materials or instruction as to what they can and cannot do, thus allowing the canvas to register their daily endeavours and conscious and unconscious interventions.

To date over 300 schools in 31 countries have participated in Frequencies. Over the last six months, Cambridge based schools Milton Road Primary School, Newnham Croft Primary School, the Stephen Perse Foundation Schools, Dame Bradbury School and Ridgefield Primary School have been participating in this project. The children’s mark-making reveals fascinating traces of language, different materials, popular imagery and social interests, and cultural differences across the world. The process enables pupils to voice their creativity through art making that is free from censorship.

Hilary Cox-Condron

Hilary is an artist facilitator and project leader for young people projects, such as Activate. Hilary’s practise is one routed in social engagement, stimulating conversation and using art for change. Her passion for igniting young people self-expression and voice is core to many of the projects workshops and activity she leads. Hilary will talk about these projects she has led on as well as the approaches and thinking around her practise as a socially engaged artist working with young people.

Ruth Sapseed and Artscapers

Ruth Sapsed is Director of arts and well-being charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI). Learning without limits: children as ArtScapers influencing change in and around their school Ruth Sapsed will share the work of ArtScapers, the creative place-making programme for the new development of Eddington in North West Cambridge. In particular she will focus on Mayfield Primary School’s story and how being involved with the programme has radically altered the school:

“Now in our fourth year of collaboration: our curriculum, our staff, our children and their families, have embraced ArtScapers in a way that I longed for, but in reality didn’t really expect….ArtScapers provides a space for ideas to develop and a theatre and audience to show these ideas to others…..the well-being of us all has improved.” Paula, Headteacher

CCI’s programmes focus on young children and how their ideas can lead others (families, friends, neighbours and educators) and their roles as community navigators and connectors. Co-creation and collaboration is central to everything they do.

Ben Sandbrook

Creative Impact is a new programme, led by World Pencil, that works with schools, arts and community organisations to help children and young people to build their own experiences of harnessing the arts to change the world – making measurable impact towards sustainability development and social impact.

Rae Snape and Emily Lane

Rae Snape, Head Teacher of Spinney School- Artsmark School and Emily Lane, Lead Art Coordinator, Spinney Primary School Artsmark Platinum School will talk about how to create positive and comfortable environments for pupils that enables effective learning.

Rachel and Emily will share how they are exploring mindsets around pupil/youth voice and are encouraging ideas around ‘collective’ voices, that are more equitable and dialogic, in learning environments. They will discuss some projects that they have worked on where this theory has been implemented.

Katherine Nightingale

Katherine Nightingale founded 20Twenty in 2011 with an ambition to support the delivery of arts activities to children and young people in Cambridgeshire.  Katherine has always been passionate about youth volunteering and youth voice, as well as giving young people real work experience opportunities with professional artists and within the creative industries. 60% of the 20Twenty workforce is under the age of 21 and 20Twenty have offered creative apprentices since conception.

Currently the organisation supports 46 young people through a social action and youth voice program as well as encouraging volunteering within their own organisation.  All 20Twenty activities are now either co-created with young people or young people have been asked for their input.  20Twenty also encourage activities that young people have proposed and will support them to develop and fund these ideas.  20Twenty aim to embed an Arts Award in all their work, they are also an Artsmark Partner organisation and one of the top three delivery organisations in the country for Arts Award.  Katherine will talk about how 20Twenty build young people into the projects they deliver and how important youth voice is in the future of the organisation.