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Schools Arts Festival: The Whitworth

Curious Minds

Thursday, 10 October 2019 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Schools Arts Festival: The Whitworth

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Educational settings across the North West are invited to attend a celebratory festival, hosted by the region's Bridge organisation: Curious Minds. 

This event is open to all schools, 6th form colleges, alternative education settings, and learning teams from arts and cultural organisations who want to hear directly from schools on how they are using the arts in their settings through programmes such as Artsmark and Arts Award. The day will be an exciting and informative mix of practical workshops, case studies, guest speakers, performances, and a celebration of schools who have achieved the Artsmark Award in the last year, as well as an excellent networking opportunity for both teachers and cultural partners across the North West region.



 Keynote: Sam Cairns - Cultural Learning Alliance:

 What is cultural capital and why should we care?’

 For the first time the new Ofsted framework requires schools to develop their pupils’ cultural capital. This presentation will provide a quick summary of some of the history, academic thinking and definitions of this key term and how it fits into the current arts education landscape.


Artsmark Case Studies 

  • Primary - David Wearing - Principal Kelsall Primary & Rachael Borman Teacher and Director AmaSing: Working in partnership and creative approaches to funding your arts activity and Artsmark Journey
  • Secondary - Steve Cook - Formby High School: Artsmark Platinum School 
  • Naomi Lord – Bolton School For Boys: Artsmark Platinum School
  • SEND Sheena Edwards & Lesley Flemming – Peterhouse Schools & Arts Co-ordinators Autism Initiatives: Using the arts to promote life skills & support communication and behaviour in SEN
  • Lorna McGinty - Let’s Play Project Manager National Theatre & Sophie Davis Millbrook Primary Tameside: Let’s Play – making extraordinary school plays with the National Theatre

 Creative Education Workshops


  • Funding the arts in your school  - Steph Hawke: Curious Minds Senior Manager External Funding and Policy
  • Ofsted key messages - Practical ideas for unpicking your current curriculum - Andy Mellor: Headteacher at St Nicholas C of E Primary School, Blackpool Teaching School Alliance, President of the National Association of Headteachers 2019
  • African drumming music and singing practical workshop - Steve Cook - Formby High School and the Mundo Afrika Choir 
  • Developing Creativity in your Arts Award Projects - Formby High School ‘Creative Ambassador’ Students  & Vicci Harrocks: Community Arts Coordinator 
  • Into Film - Discover how to use film in the classroom to enhance your pupils’ literacy, speaking and listening skills – practical workshop:
  • Creative Habits of Mind - Robert Meadows - Philip Barker Trust & Betty Ritchie: The Bluecoat Arts Centre

Artsmark Celebration:

  • Jessica Farmer, Arts Council England, Senior Relationship Manager, CYP in the North


Cultural Marketplace: 

  • Over 25 arts and cultural organisations including the National Theatre, Into Film and Curious Minds


Delegates will be able to choose from two sessions as well as a scheduled time slot in the Marketplace (choosing sessions will take place when the programme is fully confirmed) 


Refreshments and lunch will be served on the day.  This event is heavily subsidised by Arts Council England  Bridge Funding.

The festival will be taking place in Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery, with guests having the opportunity to explore all that this wonderful cultural venue has to offer until 5pm.  For further information about the venue, please see below:


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?


If arriving by train:


The nearest train station will be Manchester Oxford Road.  On leaving the train station turn right onto Oxford Road, heading South away from the City Centre.  Continue along Oxford Road past the Aquatics Centre and the University.  The Whitworth is located on the right opposite the University Hospital.


If arriving by car:


Coming from the M60 direction.  Leave the M60 at J3 and turn left onto the A34 Kingsway.  At the roundabout take the 1st exit at the roundabout onto Moseley Road.  Then take the second right onto Wilmslow Road.  Continue along Wilmslow Road as it turns into Oxford Road.  The Whitworth is located on the left.

Coming from the City Centre.  Leaving the A57(M) Mancunian Way at the Cambridge Street roundabout head onto Higher Cambridge Street, heading South, away from the City Centre.  Continue along the road as it turns into Lloyd Street North.  Then, turn left onto Denmark road and continue until the end of the Road.  Turn right onto Oxford Road and the Whitworth is located on the right.


Car Parking


There is no parking at the gallery itself, but there are car parks located on Grafton Street and there is also a multistorey car park located on Hathersage Road, off Oxford Road.




Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147. Ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road

Do you have questions about Schools Arts Festival: The Whitworth? Contact Curious Minds

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The Whitworth
Oxford Road
M15 6ER Manchester
United Kingdom

Thursday, 10 October 2019 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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Curious Minds

Curious Minds works to place creativity and culture at the heart of education and other services for children and young people. Working across sectors, we aim to drive equal access, continuous improvement and innovation in the field of creative and cultural education.

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