ART SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEXT EVENTS IN NEW SERIES BRINGING TOGETHER THE ARTS INDUSTRY AND EDUCATION SECTOR

Art School, the new company being set up to support the education sector and arts industry to come together to improve and protect arts education has announced its next two events in its first initiative.

Following the inaugural event in the year long series of talks, which included Olivier Award winning director John Tiffany, who recently directed “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and is an Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre, the next two events will take place on 29th November and 7th December.

On 29th November, from 6pm, speakers will include The Diversity School Initiative, set up by to campaign for increased diversity in drama schools, Oxford University academic Helen Campbell Pickford, who was co-author of the influential “In Battalions” survey into new writing in theatres which former Culture Minister Ed Vaizey credited with leading to tax changes, and London Drama, the professional association for drama teachers in London.

On 7th December speakers will include the Bacc for the Future campaign, the influential campaign for EBacc to include creative subjects, Titilola Dawudu, who is currently part of the Artistic Director Leadership Programme’s “Leaders of Tomorrow” scheme and runs Stages to promote young girls in drama, and Daniel Harrison, Chair of WhatNext? Generation, who also works at the Young Vic Theatre.

The free events are open to teachers, education leaders, the arts industry, students and artists who would like to teach and anyone who would like to find out more about what work is going on in terms of arts education, hear the speakers’ thoughts on their work, what’s working and what’s not in arts education, and hear their advice and recommendations for how to improve and protect arts education.

The events will also be audio recorded for a book to be passed to the government to advocate for the need to protect arts education at the end of the project.

Jennifer Tuckett, Co-Director of Art School, said: “With EBacc not including creative subjects, the lowest uptake of art subjects at GCSE level for a decade, the closure of arts A levels such as Creative Writing which comes to an end this year and a decrease in the uptake of arts subjects at university level, it feels important to take action now. We hope this series of events will bring together the education sector and arts industry to share their work, their thoughts, advice and recommendations.”

David Evan Giles, Co-Director of Art School, said: “If the creative industries are to continue to be the powerhouse of Britain’s economy, it is extremely worrying that we are setting up our schools and universities to provide less education in these incredibly valuable subjects. It seems to me now is the time to work together to ensure the future of arts education, which ensures the future not only of the creative industries but also of skills which are valuable for all jobs and adult-life.”

Other Art School speakers include composer Hannah Kendall, who recently composed for Chineke! at BBC Proms and has been BBC Radio 3’s composer of the week and teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, Mulberry School, which won the first Fringe First awarded for a schools production, Guardian Higher Education Network Editor Rachel Hall, former parliamentary researcher, fashion stylist and founder of Fashion Roundtable Tamara Cincik, former Head of Film at Creative England and film producer Caroline Cooper Charles, Olivier Award winning director John Tiffany and founder of Actor Awareness Tom Stocks, amongst others.

The new company will also be announcing more information on its other initiatives to support the education sector and arts industry to come together to improve and protect arts education shortly, including an associate producer scheme to help improve the transition from studying to working in the arts.

Free tickets for Art Schools’ 29th November event can be booked at: https://artschool-november29th.eventbrite.co.uk

Free tickets for 7th December can be booked at: https://artschool-december7th.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information on Art School and to sign up to the mailing list to be kept informed of future events, please go to: www.artschool.space

ART SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES ON HOW TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT ARTS EDUCATION

Art School, the new company set up to support the education sector and arts industry to come together to improve and protect arts education, has announced details of its new series of events on how to improve arts education.

The new series, “Art School: The Future of Arts Education”, will include In Conversation events on this subject with, amongst others, Olivier award-winning director John Tiffany, Head of Mulberry School Vanessa Ogden, the former Head of Film at Creative England Caroline Cooper Charles, founder of Actor Awareness Tom Stocks, Chair of What Next Generation Daniel Harrison and Oxford University academic Helen Campbell Pickford, who co-wrote the influential In Battalions study which was credited by former Culture Minister Ed Vaizey as leading to tax changes for theatres supporting new writing.

The first event will take place on October 26th at 6pm with John Tiffany, Daniel Harrison and Tom Stocks and can be booked here: https://artschool-drama.eventbrite.co.uk

Jennifer Tuckett, Co-Director of Art School, said: “We are delighted to be launching Art School. With increasing threats to arts education such as EBACC not including creative subjects, decreased uptake of arts subjects at school level, and the closure of arts A Levels such as Creative Writing this year, now is a crucial time to work together to explore how to improve and protect arts education. We hope this series will explore what work is currently going on in terms of arts education in the UK, what is working and what’s not, why arts education is important and come up with recommendations for improving and protecting arts education in the future.”

David Evan Giles, Co-Director of Art School said: “Art School builds on Jennifer’s previous campaigns to improve arts education – The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting with the Bush Theatre and Oberon Books, University Women in the Arts with Tonic Theatre and the Women of the Future Programme and London Writers Week – and my work in schools and in the arts. We’re looking forward to taking this work to improve arts education to the next level with Art School and focusing on bringing the education sector and arts industry together to discuss, explore and provide recommendations about this important subject over the course of the next year”.

The guests for the first session are John Tiffany, Daniel Harrison and Tom Stocks.

John Tiffany trained at Glasgow University gaining an MA in Theatre and Classics. He was Literary Director for the Traverse Theatre and Associate Director for Paines Plough and the National Theatre of Scotland. He is currently an Associate Director for the Royal Court Theatre. During 2010-11 John was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. John recently directed the stage play of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, which opened in the West End in June 2016 and garnered eight WhatsOnStage 2017 and nine Olivier 2017 Awards, including Best Director and Best New Play.

Daniel Harrison is a member of the Young Vic Theatre’s Taking Part team, who produce and facilitate the theatre’s outreach and participation projects in Southwark and Lambeth, including producing community productions, running in-school workshops and administrating free ticket schemes. Daniel is also a facilitator and storyteller for the Museum of London, and for Battersea Arts Centre’s Moving Museums project. He is also Chair of What Next? Generation, a campaign and lobby group for artists and arts professionals at the start of their careers, and Events Lead for Act For Change, the diversity in the performing arts charity.

Tom Stocks is the founder of the Actor Awareness campaign, a campaign fighting to have more equality, diversity and working class actors in the industry, no matter your background or financial restraints. The campaign is rapidly gathering support from all corners of the industry and Tom recently took part in Labour’s inquiry into working class barriers to the performing arts.

To book places for the first Art School event, where John Tiffany, Daniel Harrison and Tom Stocks will be speaking, please go to: https://artschool-drama.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information on Art School and to sign up to the mailing list to be kept informed of future events in the series, please go to: www.artschool.space

THE STAGE AND ART SCHOOL ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATION INTO THE IMPACT OF EDUCATION CHANGES ON SECONDARY SCHOOL DRAMA TEACHING

The Stage and Art School, the new organisation being set up to bring the education sector and arts industry together to help protect and improve arts education, have announced they are launching an investigation into the impact of EBacc and other education changes.

The survey, which is being launched today, is for secondary school drama teachers in England and investigates how recent changes to secondary school education are affecting the teaching of drama.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of Art School, said: “We are delighted to be launching this survey with The Stage. With EBacc not including creative subjects and other changes such as the cancellation of arts A Levels including Creative Writing, now is a crucial time to investigate what impact these changes are having and to explore how we can best protect and improve arts education if we are to have a sustainable, diverse and flourishing arts industry in the future. Arts education has often not been given the serious attention it deserves, for example Lyndon Johnson, upon signing into existence the National Endowment for the Arts said: “Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” In addition, arts education has also been shown to have an impact more widely, for example developing problem-solving, communication and creativity skills that benefit jobs and society more generally. This is why Art School was set up, to investigate how best we can protect and improve arts education, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be working with The Stage on this investigation”.

Alistair Smith, editor at The Stage, said: “Arts subjects in the school curriculum appear to be under constant threat. It’s crucial for the future health of the theatre industry that all children are given the chance to experience drama, and other creative subjects, from a young age, to ensure the sector attracts a future workforce that is as diverse and skilled as possible. The Stage has launched this survey with Art School to fully investigate the impact of funding cuts and the introduction of EBacc on the teaching of drama in secondary schools.”

Art School will also be running a series of public events on how to improve arts education with speakers from the education sector and arts industry – for more information and to be kept informed as speakers are announced, please sign up to the Art School mailing list: http://artschool.space/mailing-list/

To complete the new survey being launched by The Stage and Art School, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dramateachersurvey

Any teacher who teaches drama to pupils aged between 11 and 18 at a secondary school or sixth form college in England is eligible to fill out the anonymous survey.

For more information on Art School, please go to: www.artschool.space