Join us on 7 November 2020 for a day of Networking, Inspiring Talks and interactive workshops online.

Join us from 9.30am and participate in a range of workshops until 4.30pm. You will hear from local artists, young people, educators and the Director of the V&A.

Read more about the sessions below and grab your ticket before they sell out.


Our schedule for the day

TimeActivity
9.30amArrivals: Please join us to iron out any connection troubles
9.45amWelcome and introduction talks, featuring Nicky Twemlow, Chair of Stoke CEP and Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
10amSpeed Networking: Schools & Artists/Arts/Heritage Organisations Connect
11amWorkshop 1 Options:
Discover the benefits for children engaged in the Arts:
Dr Richard Jolley, Associate Professor of Development Psychology at Staffordshire University
Our Staffordshire future hopes:
Join Kwanzaa Collective UK* in this interactive session which discusses how they were able to engage a range young people online, empowering them to lead and develop a series of anti-racism resources for schools
STARTS – Staffordshire Teachers ARTS Network presents Elevenses with Belinda Latimer (Separate ticket needed in advance, continues over workshop 2 also)
12pmWorkshop 2 Options:
The Portland Inn Project:
A creative arts project for a community in Stoke-on-Trent, led by artists Anna Francis and Rebecca Davies
Script Writing for creativity and skills:
Led by Deb McAndrew Award winning play wright and creative director of Clay body Theatre Company
1pmWorkshop 3 Options:
Clay at Home:
Clay at home, led by Clay School Programme manager at the British Ceramics Biennial, Natalie Armitage
Open conversations over Lunch:
An open Zoom room for attendees to pick-up questions and conversations about challenges they’re facing as a peer support group
2pmWorkshop 4 – How can you be playful on a digital platform?
Iain Perry of PICL leads a discussion with three artists to share best practice whilst delivering programme to schools online
3.15pmWorkshop 5 – Creative Youth Voices
Join Kreative Foundations and our Cultural Explorers as they tell you all about Stoke CEP’s Creative Youth Voices programme
4.15pmEvent Closing

STARTS Staffordshire Teachers Arts Network presents “Elevenses with Belinda Latimer” which will take place 11am to 1pm on the day. If you would like to attend this session then please also book a ticket using the button below. There are limited tickets available and you must register by 1pm on 28 October in order to receive your kit of tea and creative materials.


Features of the day

Dr Tristram Hunt

Welcome from Dr Tristram Hunt

Dr Tristram Hunt is the Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London – the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. Prior to joining the V&A, Tristram was MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He is the author of several books, including Ten Cities That Made an Empire and, most recently, The Lives of The Objects – telling the story of the South Kensington collection.

ichard Jolley

The Psychological Benefits for Children for Engaging in Art

In the context of the long-standing challenge to lesson time and funding for art in the school curriculum, it has never been more important that practitioners and supporters of art to understand the necessary contribution art provides for children’s education. Dr Richard Jolley will present the claims made for the psychological benefits of children engaging in the visual arts, particularly those most likely to be derived from drawing and painting.  He will then introduce an ongoing project he is leading on children’s drawings of the coronavirus crisis.

Kwanzaa Collective UK*

Our Staffordshire Future Hopes

Join Kwanzaa Collective UK* in this interactive session which discusses how they were able to engage a range young people online, empowering them to lead and develop a series of anti-racism resources for schools.

Belinda Latimer Designs

STARTS (Staffordshire Teachers Arts Network) presents “Elevenses with Belinda Latimer”

Belinda is a multi-media artist and her practice incorporates an understanding of personal Well Being, brought about by the creation of Art in all its forms. Art should be for everyone, regardless of age, ability and place in society. An integral part of her business is spent creating and presenting Art Workshops for adults, business and children, from a well being and technical perspective. There is a deep-seated need for all of us to create and express our innermost thoughts.

Portland Inn Project

The Portland Inn Project

The Portland Inn Project CIC (PIPCIC) is a creative arts project for a community in Stoke On Trent with an aim to achieve community cohesion, economic, social and cultural development by involving the community in development of a pioneering community space, cultural hub and social enterprise.

Progressing from the last CEP conference and the theme of ‘doing education differently’, we present the work we did throughout August, the creative passports and the discover awards. We will discuss ‘how we represent and evaluate the work so that it speaks to a wider audience, schools and local authorities’.

Deborah McAndrew

Script writing for creativity and skills

Led by Playwright, Deborah McAndrew, from Claybody Theatre.

This interactive workshop will explore the potential of dramatic writing and scripting formats to develop children’s creativity and writing skills. Content is pitched to KS1 and Lower KS2, but principles are transferable across Key Stages.

Clay at home

Clay at home with the British Ceramics Biennial

In this workshop we will explore the ways in which clay can be used as a cross-curricular material. Using the example of our successful Growing Cultures project from 2019 which focused on the use of antibiotics and anti-microbial resistance, we will look at how clay can be used across the curriculum to aid and facilitate learning in a creative, fun and accessible way.

Iain Perry
Claire Pring
David Bethell
Susanna Harding

How can you be playful on a digital platform?

CEP Core Team member and PiCL Project Coordinator, Iain Perry, will lead a conversation with 3 artists involved in the Loving Learning Through Creativity project.

This is a creative education project jointly funded by Arts Connect and Stoke on Trent Opportunities Area looking at boosting attendance and engagement with children in Stoke on Trent schools.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown in March the project had to be paused and in the meantime some of the artists involved in this project took activity on line making shareable youtube videos offering up ideas on how to create animations, dance and movement ideas and storytelling.

The artists joining the session include: Claire Pring, David Bethell and Susanna Harding.

Kreative Foundations

Creative Youth Voices

Join Kreative Foundations and our Cultural Explorers as they tell you all about Stoke CEP’s Creative Youth Voices programme. During this 1 hour session you’ll be truly inspired by what our Cultural Explorers have planned for you, including:

  • activities
  • hard hitting discussion points
  • showcasing their creations
  • sharing their experiences
  • plus so much more!

This session is a real opportunity for you to work with young people; together co-designing arts and cultural provision based on children and young people’s needs and interests.

In the words of Nicky Twemlow (Stoke CEP Chair): ‘Put young people at the centre and you will never be disappointed’.