Thursday 9 November 2017
5pm – 7.30pm, FREE with light refreshments
We invited teachers, tutors and careers advisors from secondary schools, colleges and universities to join us for a consultation evening to explore what support is currently available for students to learn more about the arts industries. Jamie Hobson, Programme Director of Graphic Communication, London College of Communication and Emma Sheldon, Design Lead, Dyson, led discussions with their own knowledge and experiences as educators and industry professionals, as well as in the case of Emma, reflections on recent personal experiences as a student. These presentations were used as provocations to consider the current landscape of careers support for students and how we can all work together in the future to strengthen this guidance into the creative industries.
All attending took part in workshops to negotiate partnerships for the future on how the Trust and our partners will be able to offer robust advice and support.
Tuesday 24 October 2017
10am – 12.30pm
£5 per child*, aged 6-13.
To celebrate the BIG Draw Festival, a national initiative to encourage everyone to draw, we explored the sculptures at Roche Court, focusing in particular on our current exhibition of work by Toby Ziegler in the context of the festival theme ‘Living Lines’. Families joined in discussions and then responded to the exhibition through the creation of artworks.
Artist Talk: Toby Ziegler
Monday 16 October 2017
2pm – 4pm
Free, booking essential – limited places
Toby Ziegler talked about his current exhibition at the New Art Centre. The event was a unique opportunity to hear the artist’s perspective about his practice and the themes surrounding his work. The audience had the opportunity to explore the exhibition before listening to the talk.
With Jamie Hobson, Programme Director of Graphic Communication, London College of Communication
Tuesday 10 October 2017
5pm – 7pm, FREE with light refreshments, booking essential
A special tour of the current exhibitions at the New Art Centre. To celebrate the BIG draw campaign, Jamie Hobson, from London College of Communication, gave a presentation on ways that ‘non-drawers’ such as scientists, engineers, doctors, electricians and plumbers use drawing as an aid to inform, explain, analyse, innovate, explore and deduce. Jamie also led an interactive workshop ‘But I Can’t Draw’ to explore thinking through drawing.
Thursday 10 August 2017
11am – 4pm
Free, please supply your own picnic
Teachers were invited for a summer picnic in the sculpture park. Roche Court Educational Trust staff hosted the day to develop teachers’ understanding of the sculptures in the park and the work we do within arts education. Family and friends joined us and there were optional activities for children to take part in.
Summer 2017 Family Workshop Programme:
Places strictly limited, booking essential
£5 per child*, Ages 6 – 13, No cost for accompanying adult(s)
*Please note all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Art Explorers: We’re going on a Sculpture Quest!
Wednesday 9 August, 10am – 12.30pm
Families were led on a fun interactive tour of the sculpture park at Roche Court, with particular focus on a selection of sculptures that encourage exploration and adventure. We created our own sculptures in response to this. All joined in practical activities and discussion.
Fields, Planes and Lines
Thursday 17 August, 10am – 12.30pm
Exploring the current exhibition by Andrea Zittel, we used her ‘Flat Fields’ as inspiration to consider fields, planes and lines. Like the artist, we considered links between art and architecture, the art of everyday life and the placement of art. We used our findings to inspire new ‘platform’ artworks of our own.
Neo-Geo: Messages through shapes
Wednesday 23 August, 10am – 12.30pm
What is Neo-geometry? How and why do artists share their ideas through shapes? Why does it look so amazing? How can I create something like that? We explored the newly installed ‘Neo-Geometry: Group Painting Show’ and found answers to these questions. We then used our experiences to create our own Neo-Geometry!
Paper Like Steel: Teacher training with artist Olivia Bax
Wednesday 28 June 2017
10am – 5pm at the New Art Centre, Roche Court
£25 per person, includes all materials
Artist Olivia Bax led practical workshops to consider making sculpture out of paper and card within a classroom setting. In particular the workshops explored the possibilities of using paper, and how this inexpensive material has a wealth of sculptural possibilities. Teachers took part in guided tours of the current exhibitions by specialist staff, including work by Anthony Caro, for whom Olivia has worked as a studio assistant. The day also included group discussion and practical activities, including learning how to emboss paper and monoprinting. All the activities linked to national curriculum aims and classroom learning. The day encouraged an enjoyment and confidence in looking, thinking and speaking about modern and contemporary art.
Teachers’ Open Evening
Tuesday 20 June 2017
5pm – 7pm at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Free with light refreshments
A special tour of the Sculpture Park, Gallery and Artists House at Roche Court for teachers. The particular focus of the tour was the New Art Centre’s current exhibition ‘Anthony Caro: Paper Like Steel’ with an introduction by Stephen Feeke. The evening was an opportunity to network, discuss and enjoy looking at contemporary art with other professionals and learn more about the Trust’s programme of opportunities and events.
Artists’ Studio Visit:
Laura Ford & Andrew Sabin
Wednesday 14 June 2017
12.30 – 4pm
£20 per person, includes travel from Roche Court to London departing at 9.45am
This event included a tour of Laura Ford’s and Andrew Sabin’s studio and an opportunity to hear from both artists about the daily life of the studio and the current exhibitions and projects they are respectively working towards. All participants had the opportunity to explore and experiment in workshops led by the artists to bring exciting ideas to the classroom and teachers’ own practice.
Thursday 1 June 2017
10am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4pm at the New Art Centre, Roche Court
Families were invited to be curious about contemporary art! What do the sculptures on display at the New Art Centre mean to you? Families brought their imagination and were led on an interactive tour of the sculpture park to explore the current exhibition ‘Caro: Paper Like Steel’. We used our findings to inspire our own paper sculptures. This workshop was a Salisbury International Arts Festival event.
Tuesday 30 May 2017
6pm – 8pm at the New Art Centre, Roche Court
£10 to include a drink and canapes on arrival
In response to Anthony Caro’s Sea Music, contemporary composer Jim Aitchison was commissioned to write a new work inspired by this monumental public sculpture on Poole Quay. Renowned for exploring the relationship between art and music, Aitchison discussed his unique approach towards Caro and other projects inspired by the work of Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Peter Randall-Page and Doris Salcedo amongst others. The talk was preceded by an opportunity to see the current displays at the New Art Centre. This lecture was a Salisbury International Arts Festival event.
Arts Curriculum Planning and Support for Primary School Teachers
Thursday 25 May 2017
Free with light refreshments
An after school workshop designed to review teachers’ primary school arts curriculum. Arts professionals from a variety of arts organisations in Wiltshire were present to offer advice.
Exchanges Performance and Showcase Event
Sunday 30 April 2017
6.30pm, at Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
‘Exchanges’ is an ongoing programme of opportunities to explore dialogue between visual art and performance which is run in partnership with Roche Court Educational Trust and Pavilion Dance South West. Students attend research days at the New Art Centre, Roche Court to look and talk about the exhibited sculpture.
These workshop days offer a stimulus to inspire new performances created by the students.
In 2017 the project explored the theme of ‘Gravity’, considering the processes and materials used by a variety of artists exhibited at the New Art Centre. Works used as inspiration included sculptures by Barry Flanagan, David Nash, Michael Bolus and David Annesley. The project asked all the students to consider the concepts behind the sculptures as well as form, space and shape in their performances.
Students used their interpretations as the catalyst for this new work presented at the ‘Exchanges 2017’ showcase.
Find out more about our ‘Exchanges’ Project here
Tuesday 7 March 2017
2pm – 5pm, the New Art Centre, Roche Court
The ARTiculation Prize is an annual competition for 16 – 19 year olds which takes place in the spring. In 2017 the prize was held at thirteen regional venues, including a heat at the New Art Centre. A student was selected from each heat to speak at the finals which is part of the ARTiculation Symposium at the University of Cambridge. This symposium is open to all 16 – 19 year old students and is designed to encourage debate and engagement with the arts.
Wednesday 15 February 2017
10am – 12.30pm
Families were led on a tour to explore the new exhibition at Roche Court, Peter Frie: Path, new paintings and sculpture. We explored the drama and movement within Frie’s exhibition and discovered the ideas behind his paintings and sculpture. Through practical activities and discussion, we created our own art in response to our experiences.
Teachers’ Open Evening
Thursday 9 February 2017
5pm – 7pm, at the New Art Centre, Roche Court
Free with light refreshments
A special tour of the Sculpture Park, Gallery and Artists House at Roche Court. The particular focus of the tour was to preview the newly installed exhibition in the gallery ‘Peter Frie: Path’. The evening was an opportunity to network, discuss and enjoy looking at contemporary art with other professionals and learn more about the Trust’s programme of opportunities and events for 2017.
Generation Z Depth: Exploring sculpture and technology led by Ian Dawson, Lecturer in Fine Art, Sculpture, Winchester School of Art
Tuesday 17 January 2017
10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm, at the New Art Centre, Roche Court
£5 per person. Key Stage 2 upwards, maximum 30 in each session
A workshop that introduced students and staff to the future possibilities for ‘making’ in the age of digital 3D technologies.
The workshop was a hands on, playful session, that began with a tour of the exhibition to consider the physicality and spatial effects of the work before briefly introducing and demonstrating new and exciting technologies such as laser-scanning and photogrammetry to the group. The workshop gave a creative context for discovering how to play with new 3D apps alongside making, offering possibilities about how to combine skills and practices for the future.