Record Levels of Participation
In 2017 The Roche Court Educational Trust has welcomed an increasingly diverse audience to take part in our programme which enables all to look, think and speak about modern and contemporary art. Our record number of participants is particularly pertinent given the current climate of arts education and demonstrates our value and vitality in these changing times. We are extremely proud that we are sustaining participation whilst diversifying our audience. In 2017 the Trust has engaged directly with young people and specialist groups through over 200 educational activities and events held across the year.
Our Projects and Partners
In the past year we have worked on many exciting projects with numerous partners. These include leading the schools’ programme to celebrate ‘Sea Music’, Anthony Caro’s publicly sited sculpture on Poole Quay. Partners on this project include Soundstorm, Pavilion Dance South West and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The Trust has continued to provide a vibrant and highly regarded Teacher Training and Support programme to ensure teachers feel inspired to introduce modern and contemporary art to students. This year’s highlights include a visit to the studios of Laura Ford and Andrew Sabin, where teachers gained a unique insight into the artists’ current practice.
We are delighted to have also partnered with Andover College to deliver a new project with Winton Community Academy entitled ‘Casting Connections’, supported by The Arts Society Test Valley. Year 9 students had the opportunity to take inspiration from the sculptures at Roche Court, responding through their own making back at school as well as a visit to the college to discover new processes. The project culminated in an exhibition of the students’ own sculptures in the new exhibition space at Andover College.
Our Early Years Programme continues to flourish with return visits from First Steps Nursery, Salisbury as well as an introductory visit from Sunflowers Nursery, near Marlborough. Children aged 3-4 years old gain first-hand experience of exploring sculpture through a range of exciting and interactive activities, enabling them to gain new knowledge, skills, confidence and vocabulary.
Artist Led Events
We are extremely grateful that many artists and professionals have contributed to our programme. Highlights include a talk by exhibiting artist Toby Ziegler for students and teachers, and a workshop led by artist Ian Dawson for primary and secondary students on future technologies, including 3D scanning. The Trust also hosted a teacher training workshop led by Olivia Bax who worked as an assistant to Anthony Caro. Our careers consultation evening ‘In The Frame’, with guest speakers Jamie Hobson, Director of Graphic Communication, London College of Communication and Emma Sheldon, Design Lead, Dyson, was highly informative.
The Trust delivers a number of successful projects in partnership with regional organisations. These include the Help For Heroes run recovery centre Tedworth House and Salisbury Museum. We are also delighted to continue our award winning work with South Wilts Mencap, including a new project with New Horizon Club and The Meadows for adults with learning difficulties.
The Multi-Sensory Art Project is a collaboration between The Roche Court Educational Trust, Larkrise School, Exeter House School and South Wilts Mencap. Together we provide multi-sensory experiences for children with profound or multiple difficulties through the creation of art installations that encourage exploration.
ARTiculation: Discovery Day Workshops and Alumni News
ARTiculation, our national public speaking initiative about the arts, is being introduced to hundreds of 14 – 19 year olds around the country through Discovery Days and Support Sessions this term. Following a summer where ARTiculation Alumni spoke at the Royal Academy of Arts, visited museums and galleries with their Kenneth Clark Travel Award and undertook work experience at our partnered galleries, our focus now turns to supporting school students to develop their public speaking, research and critical thinking skills. 38 workshops taking place in museums and galleries such as the Hepworth Wakefield, The BALTIC in Gateshead, the Whitworth in Manchester, Spike Island in Bristol and the Whitechapel Gallery in London will introduce these skills to students and prepare them for taking part in The ARTiculation Prize in 2018.
In 2018 we look forward to continuing our aim to ensure everyone has the opportunity to gain the confidence to look, think and speak about modern and contemporary art, by experiencing and exploring creative spaces and opportunities. We would like to thank warmly all those that so generously support us in our aim. If you would like to support the work of the Roche Court Educational Trust, please see the Friends and Benefactors section on our website.