The Roche Court Educational Trust wins the Betty Williams Award 2016
We are thrilled to announce that The Roche Court Educational Trust has been awarded the Betty Williams Award 2016 in recognition of our work with members of South Wilts Mencap. Each year, the award is presented by Mencap to an organisation that has ‘travelled that extra mile’ to help people with learning disabilities to enjoy life more or develop their abilities, demonstrating an outstanding commitment through the activities provided.
The Roche Court Educational Trust works with South Wilts Mencap on creative projects both at Roche Court and as part of their regular ‘club nights’ to introduce members to modern and contemporary art. Every Summer, members take part in our two-day project which focuses on artists exhibited within the grounds of the sculpture park. Creative responses include collaborative artwork, new performances and drawings.
From January to April the ARTiculation team have been travelling far and wide for the ARTiculation Prize. Nine Regional Heats took place in England before the Final at Clare College, Cambridge which was adjudicated by Tim Marlow. We were also delighted to welcome Antony Gormley to give the keynote lecture to a packed audience on the day of the Final. A film of Gormley’s talk can be seen here. A film of Helen Webley-Brown, the winner of ARTiculation 2017, can be seen here.
The team have also travelled to Lismore Castle in Ireland for the ARTiculation Ireland Final which was a lively event attended by over 130 students from 10 different schools and adjudicated by Alice Maher.
In Scotland the Finals took place at the University of Stirling and we were delighted to welcome Simon Groom, Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to adjudicate.
And last, but by no means least, the Final of ARTiculation Italia, in partnership with the British Council, took place at the spectacular Palazzo Strozzi where HRH The Prince of Wales presented awards to the 7 Italian Finalists!
These are just a few highlights of ARTiculation 2017 so far, find more news here.
Paper Like Steel: Sea Music workshops at Victoria Education Centre
In April we worked with pupils and staff at Victoria Education Centre in Poole using Anthony Caro’s Sea Music sculpture as inspiration for our own abstract paper sculptures. We used the title of the sculpture sited on Poole Quay as the starting point for our explorations. Students used phrases such as ‘crashing waves’ and ‘glistening water’ as inspiration for their creations. We had lots of fun experimenting with the possibilities of the materials and working out how to construct using only paper and tape! In the afternoon students researched the artist’s ideas and processes, using articles and their own perceptions to build knowledge and opinions around the sculpture. The pupils will be focusing on Caro in preparation for their GSCE coursework, and are planning a trip to see the sculpture
Exchanges 2017: Sculpture inspiring choreography
The Exchanges project invites students to use sculpture as a stimulus for making new dance performances. This way of working is often new to the students as they explore visual language and translate from one creative medium to another; an exchange across disciplines. On 30 April 2017 the Exchanges 2017 showcase event was hosted by The Roche Court Educational Trust’s project partner, Pavilion Dance South West. The event brings the students together to celebrate and share their new performances. This year the project explored the theme of ‘Gravity’, considering the processes and materials used by a variety of artists exhibited at the New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, specifically Barry Flanagan, David Nash and Michael Bolus.