Bridge Plans Ahead

25th March 2021 - Laura Bloor

The past year has brought many challenges and changes for the education and culture sectors. As we embark on a new strategic year for Bridge, we look to continue to support and celebrate our colleagues, partners, and clients. Here is a sneak-peek into some of Bridge’s big plans and exciting projects ahead for 2021-2022.

Ten schools sign-up to Arts Award Discover at Home

At the beginning of March, we contacted Primary Schools in the Yorkshire and Humber region with our Arts Award Discover at Home schools offer; covering the costs of moderation and Arts Award certificates for 60 young people, for the first ten schools who currently have high numbers of children eligible for Pupil Premium at 25% and upwards.

Arts Award Discover at Home is a project in response to Covid-19 where families and children, aged 5- 11 years, can complete exciting, engaging and easy creative activities at home and get an Arts Award Discover certificate.

We were delighted to see a speedy take-up of this offer by the following schools: Spring Grove Junior Infant and Nursery School (Huddersfield), New Bewerley Primary School (Leeds), Corpus Christi Primary School (Leeds), Boothferry Primary School (Goole), Endike Primary School (Hull),  Newland St John’s Academy (Hull), Thirsk Community Primary School (Thirsk), Woodfield Primary School (Doncaster), Grange Lane Infant Academy (Doncaster) and Beck Primary School (Sheffield).

We can’t wait to see what creative activities the children get up to! Families still have chance get their Arts Award Discover certificate and an arts & crafts goody bag for FREE with our family offer. Find out more here.

21 Artist Micro-commissions for 2021

We repurposed some of our funding to invest in the cultural sector during this third lockdown. Our IVE Micro-commissions will support 21 individual artists and small arts and cultural organisations to adapt their practice to offer innovative creative activities and experiences to schools.

We were astounded by the number of amazing applications we had for our IVE micro-commissions and look forward to seeing the wonderful work the following artists will create:

Ammie Flexen (The Clay Mill), Andy Craven-Griffiths, Angie Hardwick (Ange Made Ceramics), Carmel Page, Charlotte Barnes (Dead Earnest Theatre), Hannah Lord (Flying Fish Studio), Jenn Holtridge (Quite Contrary Poetry), Jenna Drury (Mud Pie Arts), John Mayson (ArtJohn), Katy Holmes (Katy Potaty Illustration), Kim Oakley-Duffill (Street Beat Dance), Lorna Hazelwood (Lorna Art Hazelwood), Louise Hodgson (Liberty Arts), Matthew Bellwood (Moveable Feast Productions), Megan Jowett (Make The Paint Dance), Sarah Osborne (Yew Tree Arts), Stephen Summers (Noisy Toys), Supriya Nagarajan (Manasamitra), Tricia Arthur-Stubbs (Swirl Education), Vicky Morris (Hive South Yorkshire) and Wendy Chan (Our Big Picture Ltd.).

Last but not least…

We have recently recruited two freelance writers to produce case studies over the next 12 months. We aim for these to evidence the value and impact of the work we support, demonstrate creativity as a transferrable skill and provide inspirational and practical information for our partners and the public.

Feedback and relationships developed from our free online support sessions over the past 6 months, has inspired us to explore other ways to help the education and cultural sector to develop and nurture the health and wellbeing of the children and young people they work with. We have curated a six-session programme; Thrive! Nurturing children who can flourish in school to help teachers to develop meaningful creative ways to embed wellbeing at the heart of their school, and strengthen children’s relationship with learning as a result. What’s more we can’t wait to share our next project with Jo Stockdale from Well Within Reach, that will surely ‘shuffle’ things up in the classroom!

Find out more…

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