In 2014 The Roche Court Educational Trust worked with more people than ever before and exceeded record figures in the history of the Trust. The Trust welcomed an ever-widening group of people from schools, colleges, universities, specialist and community groups to the sculpture park.
Highlights of our programme included careers seminar ‘Visual Thinkers’, an introduction led by design and media experts. Talks and workshops were held for teachers and students led by exhibiting artists including David Batchelor, Toby Ziegler, Michael Craig-Martin and Gavin Turk, a film screening of Linder’s ‘Ultimate Form’ and a conversation with Siobhan Davies Dance, an investigative contemporary arts organisation with the founder Siobhan Davies .
Our work with both teachers and family groups has increased this year. In every school holiday we have offered family workshops and we have held Teachers Open Evenings in each academic term. Working closely with teachers we tailor our programme to support the curriculum and we provide innovative offers to schools such as ‘Art after Dark’ twilight tours to explore the neon exhibition by Gavin Turk. We specialise in working closely with teachers and where necessary provide support and knowledge about modern and contemporary art.
The Trust works on a number of successful projects in partnership with other organisations. These include ‘The Multi-Sensory Project’ with Larkrise Special Educational Needs School working with children with profound or multiple disabilities. We work with Tedworth House the Help for Heroes recovery centre supporting speaking, listening and creative skills. Other partners are Pavilion Dance South West, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Mencap South Wiltshire, Salisbury and South Wilts Museum and aspex gallery.
Our aim is to develop confidence and skills by looking, thinking and speaking.
Gavin Turk: ‘Art After Dark’
8 November 2014 – 8 February 2015
Schools took part in specially designed after dark tours to explore Gavin Turk’s neon exhibition at the New Art Centre. Tours were led by Trust staff offering students the opportunity to explore the sculptures, share and discuss their observations, participate in drawing and creative writing activities and document the exhibition.
Gavin Turk: An Illustrated Lecture
Friday 28 October 11:30-1 and 2-4 at the New Art Centre, Roche Court
Artist Gavin Turk will discuss his current exhibition. The event will be a unique opportunity to hear the artist’s inspirations and themes behind the work. The audience will have the opportunity to explore the current exhibition before listening to a talk by the artist and a Q&A session.
Siobhan Davies in Manual – Choreography and the Everyday
Monday 24 November 1.30pm – 4pm
Siobhan Davies, CBE, discussed her work and understanding of choreography as a collaborative contemporary practice in relation to dance, film and visual arts. Davies explored the concept of the body as an archive of movement and showed an extract of her film created with filmmaker David Hinton, All This Can Happen (2012).
The afternoon began with the live work Manual choreographed by Siobhan Davies in collaboration with dance artist Helka Kaski.
Visual Thinkers, Careers Seminar
13 November 2014
This was an introduction to careers in design and media in the form of a one day seminar for young people aged 16-24 to find out more about creative careers from professionals in the sector. The day demonstrated the importance of visual thinking and how creativity is applied in a variety of roles within design and media, including publishing, television, press and product design. Guest speakers presented their roles and student delegates had the opportunity to ask questions regarding how to pursue a career in the field and to gain practical advice from professionals, supporting their own studies and future careers.
Big Draw Family Workshop
An Everyday Perspective
Tuesday 28 October 2014 10am – 12.30pm
Exploring the theme of this year’s BIG draw ‘Its Our World’ we thought about perspective when looking at sculpture and how the everyday is inspiration for many artists. We specifically looked at the sculpture of Michael Craig-Martin at Roche Court, thinking about objects and their appearance. We discussed the line, shape and colour of the sculptures and used our discoveries to create our own drawings.
ARTiculation Discovery Days
Wednesday 15 October at the New Art Centre
Thursday 23 October at Sea Music, Poole Museum
These workshop days enabled students from different schools to work together in order to develop art critical analysis, research and public presentation skills. The Discovering ARTiculation workshop was designed to stimulate students’ interest and understanding of art while developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills.
Teachers Preview and Open Evening
Thursday 9 October 2014 5-7pm
The Roche Court Educational Trust was pleased to offer a FREE Teachers Opening Evening for teachers. They were taken on special tours of the current exhibitions in the Gallery, Artists’ House and Sculpture Park.
The evening was an opportunity to see the exhibitions and sculpture on display at the New Art Centre, to enjoy looking at modern and contemporary art with like minded professionals and to learn more and ask questions about the Trust’s programme of opportunities and events.
Patterns and Planes -Family Workshop
Wednesday 20th August 10-12:30pm
The workshop introduced families to the summer exhibition in the gallery with work by Toby Ziegler and Bridget Riley. We explored the techniques and materials of each artists’ work and we used our observations to create new patterns and designs for a painting or sculpture of our own.
A Home for an Artist -Family Workshop
Thursday 14th August 10-12:30pm
The workshop explored the Design Show in the Artists’ House. By looking at the architecture of the Artists’ House and the furniture of Joseph Walsh we created our own designs for future homes and furniture.
Sculpture Spectacular with Mencap South Wiltshire
Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th August
Young adults and carers joined us for a two day workshop to explore sculpture. We discovered sculptures throughout the park by using all of our senses and then communicated what we had seen by discussing, drawing and sculpting.
Drawn from Nature -Family Workshop
Wednesday 6th August 10-12:30 pm
The workshop explored artists who are inspired by nature. Together we looked at sculpture and discovered how the theme of nature has influenced the materials, appearance and atmosphere of the work. We recorded our own journey throughout the landscape of Roche Court through drawing and discussion.
Toby Ziegler in Conversation
Thursday 17 July 6—8pm
Toby Ziegler discussed his current exhibition in conversation with New Art Centre curator Stephen Feeke. 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 current exhibition before listening to the talk.
Look Up! An evening with Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Wednesday 4 June 6.30 – 9pm
Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the best-selling author of The Cloudspotter’s Guide, gave a fascinating presentation on cloud formations before we had an opportunity to look up at the cloudscape of the early evening in the unique setting at Roche Court. There was also be a tour of the sculpture park starting with Peter Newman’s ‘Skystation’.
Teachers Special Preview and Open Evening
Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon Exhibition
Design Show: Joseph Walsh, Daniel Naudé and Johannes Nagel in the Artists’ House
Tuesday 10 June, 5pm – 7pm
A summers’ evening tour of the current exhibitions in the sculpture park, gallery and artists’ house. Teachers enjoyed a special tour of the Design Show by the curator Sarah Griffin. The evening was an opportunity to network, share and enjoy looking at contemporary art with other professionals.
Light and Dark: Family Workshop
Tuesday 27 May 10am-12.30pm and 1.30 – 4pm
Families were led on a tour of the sculpture park at Roche Court, to look at the ways in which light and shadow alter our perceptions of the different artworks on show. A number of activities revealed how we describe light and dark through words and drawing. In particular, we looked at the work of David Nash and considered the materials that he uses to make his sculpture.
Arts Curriculum Planning and Support for Primary School Teachers
Monday 19 May 2014 4-7pm
Teachers joined us for an after school session designed to support writing new Primary School arts curriculum. Arts professionals from a variety of arts organisations in Wiltshire were present to offer advice. Combining teachers own knowledge, arts professionals from The Roche Court Educational Trust, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership were on hand to offer support and ideas to develop the schools arts’ curriculum.
The session was also an opportunity to enjoy a special tour of the current exhibition and to learn more about what each of the organisations offer for schools, including visits and workshops. Staff also talked about how each can support teachers, staff and the school in the future.
Special Educational Needs Teacher Training
Saturday 17 May 11am-3.30pm
Larkrise Special Educational Needs School staff attended a special day at the New Art Centre to see works of art in our three exhibiting spaces the Sculpture Park, Artists’ House and Gallery. Staff were given a tour by Roche Court Educational Trust staff before participating in activities to consider how contemporary art can be introduced in the school and as part of The Multi-Sensory Project.
David Batchelor in Conversation
Tuesday 11 March 2014 11am—1pm
A fascinating event when the artist David Batchelor discussed his work. He talked about his current exhibition ‘Concretos’ in conversation with New Art Centre curator Stephen Feeke. 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 current exhibition before listening to the talk.
Illuminate: Family Workshop
Tuesday 18 February 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm Families explored the exhibition by David Batchelor, thinking about colour and light in the sculptures and paintings. We were art detectives exploring each sculpture and describing our favourite. Using our observations we then illuminated the world around us creating our own colourful drawings to take home.
Teachers Special Preview and Open Evening,
David Batchelor Exhibition
Monday 10 February, 5pm – 7pm
The Roche Court Educational Trust held an open evening to learn more about the work of the Trust. Teachers enjoyed a preview of the exhibition showing David Batchelor’s work, with an introductory tour of the exhibition by the New Art Centre curator Stephen Feeke. Teachers used the exhibition to discuss the topic ‘The Art of Asking Questions’, sharing experiences and ideas on how to best support students to talk about art.