Being an Artsmark Partner: It’s all about art!

12 October 2018

Being an Artsmark Partner: It’s all about art!

By Joy Youngman, Assistant Learning Officer, Laing Art Gallery & Shipley Art Gallery

Laing and Shipley Art Galleries have been Artsmark Partners since February 2018. As an organisation we’re obviously huge advocates for the arts in education, and being an Artsmark Partner gives us the opportunity to really support schools and teachers to promote the arts and ensure that it becomes (and stays!) integral within their educational setting. Being a partner also helps us to build more meaningful and long-term relationships with schools, their teachers, children and families, which in turn helps to create new and future audiences. We also hope that it will help us to truly understand the needs of education settings and how we can genuinely support and enhance their curriculum for their pupils. It is also fantastic to be part of a growing network of like-minded organisations who are becoming Artsmark partners. 

As an Artsmark Partner we can offer support through our CPD programme for teachers, governors and group leaders. Workshops on offer are all inspired by our nationally recognised art collections and have strong links to the curriculum for students. We also have a touring programme of nationally significant exhibitions and shows which can be used as inspiration for projects. The Laing Art Gallery’s Schools Membership allows schools and teachers to benefit from a variety of our cross-curricular, interactive and creative learning programmes across the academic year, with added benefits such as discounted classes, entry to previews and exhibitions. 

Since we hope to support schools in gaining their Artsmark level, we have created an online resource. The resource is packed with useful documents, links to websites and support networks which we hope will be useful in supporting the Artsmark journey. The resource is available to download.

So what’s next? We really want to evaluate our offer and map it more closely against the Artsmark criteria. Although our current offer fits well within this criteria we believe there is always more to be done. We are working closely with the Culture Bridge North East team to help keep us on track and advise us of how we can be the best Artsmark Partner.  

If you would like to get in touch with one of our team so that we can support you in your Artsmark journey please contact Joy, Morgan or Anne at learning@laingartgallery.org.uk.