As part of our programme, we offer a number of events based on the New Art Centre’s exhibition for teachers, educators and members of the local community. These will take place either at Roche Court or online.
We are committed to providing teachers and art educators with opportunities for networking, exploring methods of making, and developing practical skills that can be transferred to the classroom.
‘Thank you so much for a lovely evening. I enjoyed the ‘buzz’ you created and it reminded me of what we can achieve with the children’
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These free events are suitable for teachers of all key stages up to and including university level, as well as freelance educators. Please contact [email protected] to book your place and for more information.
In February 2023, teachers and educators joined us for an in-depth exploration of the New Art Centre’s ‘Matt Rugg: Early and Late Works’ with Evelyne Rugg, art historian and Matt’s widow.
Evelyne formerly taught History of Art and Design at Manchester Polytechnic, Chelsea School of Art, and Central St Martins. She is currently cataloguing the work of Matt Rugg, for the Estate with the assistance of Andrew Warrington, and for the monograph being researched and written by Michael Bird for publication by Lund Humphries to accompany the forthcoming retrospective of Matt’s work at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, in Autumn 2023.
During the event, we explored Matt Rugg’s development of the ‘Basic Form syllabus’ championed by Victor Pasmore, and how teaching was an essential part of his identity as an artist. Together we considered how his approach to making, often inspired by found or industrial objects, could enrich our own teaching practice. The evening ended with a mini make inspired by Matt Rugg’s work, using everyday and discarded materials.