2017 has been a year of change and growth at IVE. Most notably, we changed our name! Moving from CapeUK to IVE, a move that represents a pivot in our focus and a broadening of our goals and ambitions.
As CapeUK we have spent 20 years at the forefront of research and thinking around creativity. As IVE, we’re taking that learning and turning it into programmes of support and development for schools, young people and business leaders, to name just a few.
Already some of our new projects have seen early success. As part of our commitment to Shaping Creative Futures we have launched IGNITE in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Kick the Dust initiative. IGNITE aims to revolutionise the way young people and future generations understand and appreciate Yorkshire’s industrial heritage. Already in 2017 we have established a consortium of 6 partners from all over Yorkshire and are working through our 6 month development period, providing taster sessions and consulting young people to develop the project.
We have deepened our relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as we continue to deliver Teacher Development training on behalf of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. In 2017 we built a professional development programme for 30 teachers and school leaders using the RSC’s rehearsal room techniques to enhance pupils’ understanding of Shakespeare. In 2018 we will be building participants capacity to develop colleagues across their schools.
This year we launched our flagship training programmes Creativity for Teaching, aimed at improving educators’ ability to encourage and develop creativity in their pupils and Creative Leadership for Business, aimed at training business leaders both in how to be more creative and how to encourage creativity in their businesses and employees. The courses are available as one-day sessions or via bespoke in-house training. So far, we’ve delivered custom training sessions for UKIE, the UK Interactive Entertainment association which had feedback from participants including:
“Really enjoyable day that had an excellent mix of practical activities and opportunities to reflect on my practice”
“Thoroughly enjoyable training that left me with lots to think about in relation to promoting my students’ creativity”
Similarly, we’ve begun a project with Altrad training to develop and deliver key parts of their “Fit for Future” leadership development programme. IVE have challenged F4F participants to move outside of their comfort zone by having them develop and put on a show to the rest of the workforce. Our role is to help the F4F participants acquire performance skills, whilst highlighting how the creative process they are undertaking, might be applied to their day to day context.
We have also branched out into creative consultancy services, working with Thomas Lister to apply a creative mind-set to developing new uses for redundant heritage buildings, starting with the magistrate’s court in Halifax.
Since 2012, IVE has worked as the Bridge Organisation for Arts Council England, delivering a series of initiatives to help bring together and improve the relationship between arts and education. In 2017 we had continued success working in this area.
At the end of November, 5214 children & young people in Yorkshire & Humber had completed an Arts Award, 72% of our annual Arts Award target for 2017-18!
365 schools in Yorkshire & Humber have registered for the Artsmark standard, with 43 new registrations just between September and December, compared with 48 for the whole of the previous academic year! 289 of these schools have attended a development day and 184 have submitted their Statement of Commitment. Best of all, 27 schools completed their Artsmark Award in 2017.
We have seen continued development of 11 local cultural education partnerships to date and we have successfully sourced £225k new match funding monies for our Partnership Investment programme. The PI programme has been hugely impactful in providing cultural opportunities to children & young people: Phoenix Dance Theatre will deliver talent identification workshops at each of Hull Kingston Rover’s 3 dance foundations; Rugby League Cares are supporting 90 young people to achieve Arts Award; and work is underway in Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Sheffield to engage 200 year 9 and 10 pupils as cultural ambassadors with local arts and cultural organisations. You can find out more about our Partnership Investment work here.
Also in 2017, we secured just over £4 million of funding from Arts Council England to continue in this role until the end of 2020. So we have many more years of ensuring that every child in Yorkshire & Humber gets the opportunity to experience a high-quality cultural education ahead of us.
Another way in which we’ve grown is the addition of new faces to the IVE team. 2017 saw us add Sarah Beckett, Laura Claveria and Charlotte Brook to the Bridge team; Holly Hall and Aamirah Patel to the office team; Marie Millwall as IGNITE project coordinator; Adam Halls as Sales & Marketing Manager and Arusah Saeed as Events Coordinator.
Looking forward to 2018 I am tremendously excited about the possibilities. There seems to be a sea change occurring where the value of creativity, which has so long been overlooked, is becoming once more recognised and IVE is poised to deliver valuable services to capitalise on that interest. As well as growing all our new initiatives, we plan to launch more services that support the creative abilities of children & young people; including mentorship programmes and apprenticeships.
Rosi Lister – CEO at IVE
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