It has been a wonderful start to 2017. Following a record number of participants in the regional programme in 2016, we have already worked with even more people compared to this time last year. Emma Kerr, our Head of Education, has also been recognised for her contribution to arts education, winning the 2016 Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education. The award celebrates the hard work, dedication and innovation of colleagues working within the sector of gallery, museum and visual arts education. Congratulations, Emma!
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.
Flash, crash, rumble and roll: introducing pre-school children to sculpture at the New Art Centre
The Trust has been working with First Steps Nursery, Salisbury, to develop workshops at the sculpture park for children under the age of 5. Learning for this age group of children is centred around play and exploration, so we have learnt from the expertise of the nursery staff to develop exciting ways to travel around the exhibits! Through our new Early Years Programme, children of this age can share their ideas at the sculpture park through discussion, rhyme, music, sound and dance, providing an exciting introduction to sculpture. In March, the whole class visited and we looked at several sculptures, including ‘Lightning Strike’ by David Nash which introduced the children to new weather vocabulary, too! It was a great success and we look forward to expanding our Early Years programme to other nurseries later this year.
Exploring sculpture with all our senses
Hill House is a residential school for students aged 11-19 with autistic spectrum disorders, severe learning difficulties and associated challenging behaviour. Trust staff recently visited the school to learn more about how we could support the students when introducing sculpture to them in the park. This was great preparation for the students’ visit in March, where they explored sculpture through a range of exciting sensory experiences such as different textures, listening to sounds and music relating to the sculptures and even blowing bubbles to observe spherical forms in space!