The Freelands Foundation and Yorkshire Sculpture International Teachers’ CPD Programme
Yorkshire Sculpture International worked in partnership with The Freelands Foundation to build a new approach to teachers’ professional and creative growth.
Alongside the summer programme in 2021 and into 2022, teachers were invited to take part in a Continuing Professional Development programme. Each of the four partner galleries hosted workshops with artists and the galleries’ engagement teams which focussed on expanding their ideas of sculpture in the classroom.
This project was developed from the 2019 festival, where ten teachers from Ackworth School, Castleford Academy, Cathedral Academy, Cockburn School, Leeds City College, New College Pontefract, Roundhay School, Sherburn High School, Springwell Academy and Wakefield College took part in a series of sessions exploring the possibilities of sculpture in classrooms, and look at how this practice can be incorporated into the curriculum.
At the same time, Freelands Foundation developed a programme that mirrors this process with another group of ten teachers in London. The London-based schools participating were Acland Burghley School, Addey & Stanhope School, Brampton Manor Academy, Kingsdale Foundation School, Lady Margaret School, Raynes Park High School, The St Marylebone School, Thomas Tallis School, Three Rivers Academy and West London Free School.
The two groups from different areas met twice throughout the academic year with the project culminating in September 2019, where the teachers presented their ideas and shared their experiences.
Yorkshire Sculpture International has an extensive engagement programme, spanning education, community collaborations and artist support.
We explore sculpture with people of all ages, connecting them with the materials and processes used in making sculpture today and showing how sculpture can be found all around us. We are currently working with a group of 25 artists across Yorkshire as part of our 2022 Sculpture Network.
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