School pupils to reconnect with art, culture and creativity

25 October 2021

The Maltings is thrilled to be working with 13 first, primary and middle schools in North Northumberland on two exciting arts programmes during the new academic year. 

CBNE commissioned The Maltings to deliver an artist-led creative engagement programme for pupils and teachers. CBNE collaborates with cultural organisations and schools across the North East and beyond, to champion culture and the arts as vital childhood experiences and is funded by Arts Council England. 

Andrew Garrad, Area Manager (North of Tyne) and Artsmark Lead for CBNE said: “We are delighted to be working with The Maltings on our targeted work in North Northumberland. More than ever, the arts, culture and creativity play a vital role in schools; not only bringing value to teaching and learning, but just as importantly, bringing a bit of joy to young people and their teachers.” 

There are two creative programmes being brought to schools. One includes working with the highly regarded childrens' theatre agencies: Starcatchers and Imaginate, who have developed Mixed Up, a production with Edinburgh based artist Katy Wilson. Mixed Up is aimed at the youngest pupils and was created during lockdown to support their wellbeing. It comes to The Maltings this autumn, following performances with Edinburgh schools during the Edinburgh International Festival. 

Starcatchers Mixed Up by Katy Wilson - credit Cagoule TV.

The second programme involves older pupils taking inspiration from the new exhibition Quilts: Resurgence at The Maltings’ Granary Gallery which explores the revival of quilt making. Pupils will visit the exhibition and take part in quilt making workshops, led by textile facilitator, Pat Ashton-Smith. The pupils will be able to create their own stitched textiles, infused with contemporary themes. 

Val Tobiass, Maltings Learning and Engagement Manager (Schools) said “After such a difficult time for children over the last 18 months it is wonderful to bring these exciting programmes right into the classroom, enabling us to work with some of the very youngest pupils in schools and help support their well-being.”