what about the children themselves? To shape future policy John
Lyon's Charity would like to know more about the real impact of
funding the arts in schools. Hence the conference.
The strong support network and leadership given by Hammersmith
& Fulham Council is a key pre-condition for the delivery of
the arts in schools and a model for other boroughs."
Since 1992, John Lyon's Charity has distributed nearly £4
million for arts projects to benefit schools and young people
in nine London boroughs, including Hammersmith & Fulham. Programmes
funded by John Lyon's Charity in this borough include:
- £96,000 for three-year Dance Challenge programme in schools
with professional dancers, which is co-ordinated by the council's
arts team. Comprises workshops and performances in a variety of
dance styles and supports the development of dance in the school
- £100,000 for sculpture programme in schools, involving
sculptors in residence, which is due to start later this year.
- £100,000 capital funding for the Lyric Hammersmith's new
education and training room, part of the recently-completed £2.6
million extension to the theatre.
Minister Estelle Morris welcomed moves to unlock the creative
potential in schools. Speaking at the conference, Ms Morris told
delegates that she hoped others would follow their lead in making
creativity in education a high priority. She said there was plenty
of high quality arts work going on in schools but this wasn't
always fully recognised or exploited.
main subject under discussion at So creativity…for whom and for
what? was how schools and the council can work more effectively
with arts organisations, venues and funders to create as many
exciting opportunities as possible for schools. The conference
comes as the borough is poised to form a Creative Partnership
with Brent and Ealing - giving a major boost to the arts in schools
across the three boroughs.
represented at So creativity…for whom and for what? included theatre
company Dramarama, which has worked with virtually every school
in the borough and is currently planning a schools' celebration
of Shakespeare, called Shakespeare Live, at the Lyric Hammersmith
Also represented was artists' collective ACAVA (the Association
for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art), whose members will
be going into schools as part of the sculptors in residence programme.
David Williams, deputy for education, said: "This groundbreaking
conference brought together some of the key players in our borough's
vibrant arts scene, headteachers and leading education professionals
from the council. Children and young people benefit enormously
from what professional artists have to offer and are inspired
by being given the chance to perform at high profile venues. This
event gave everyone a chance to consider where we are now and
how we can best develop the huge talent in our schools."