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Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019

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Waltham Forest! The first London Borough of Culture

Waltham Forest is the first London Borough of Culture 2019. An exciting year- long programme of events and projects is now being finalised with cultural partners. This features brand new commissions from world-class artists and co-creations with the local community. There will be lots of opportunities for schools and young people to participate. Details of these will be available at the beginning of November.

Opening Event: Welcome to the Forest:  January 2019

Mercury Award-winning Leytonstone-born Talvin Singh will lead a stellar cast of artists in collaboration with Waltham Forest’s young people for this spectacular opening along Forest Road, with digital installations and music creating unexpected stories of Waltham Forest.

16+ Volunteering

Waltham Forest will be recruiting volunteers aged 16 and above to help deliver London Borough of Culture 2019. Volunteers will be vital to ensuring that the year of culture is a success, from welcoming visitors to the borough, supporting large scale events, performing as cast members, even planting flowers! This would be valuable work experience in the Creative Industries for students, while next summer’s events will include supporting artists in delivering children’s workshops, so volunteers with teaching experience will be most welcome.

To register interest in volunteering

Finding out more: watch this space

As projects are finalised and more information becomes available, there will be regular updates on the London Borough of Culture 19 Education Programme through the Hub.

Sharon Trotter, Learning Manager at the William Morris Gallery & Vestry House Museum, will be leading on the education programme. She will be setting up a register of interest and contacting schools to update Arts contacts for London Borough of Culture.

Working together: a new Cultural Education Partnership for Waltham Forest for Borough of Culture 19 and beyond

For the latest information on Borough of Culture 19 Education Programmes, sign up as a Cultural Education Partnership Lead for your school or college  You can sign up here 

Using London Borough of Culture 2019 as a catalyst, Waltham Forest has been awarded funding from A New Direction to create a model of high-quality and innovative arts provision at the heart of young people’s learning, bringing together education and arts organisations in a new sustainable partnership.  Initially this will link with Borough of Culture 19 programmes with a range of workshops, resources and network and CPD events.  For this we would like to establish a Cultural Education Partnership lead in every Waltham Forest Education setting. The CEP lead will be the main staff contact point within each school/college to advocate and disseminate the partnership programmes.

More details will be available this and  how to subscribe will be available the at the William Morris Gallery Cultural Learning Teachmeet and Launch of the Borough of Culture 19 Education Programme on 30 October 2018 4.30pm to 6.30pm. 

Education Programme Highlights

Waltham Forest’s year of culture will create a model of high quality and innovative arts provision for the borough. The Education Programme will maximise opportunities for children and young people to be excited and inspired by arts and culture, and to develop confidence as co-creators.

There will be structured opportunities throughout the year for young people to participate in workshops and events linked to the Curated Artist’s programme – for example in April, the Atomic 50 experience by Blackhorse Road Workshops will offer Key Stage 2 pupils the chance to participate in an imaginative experience exploring the process of tin-making, an industry which played an important part in the borough’s history. In the Autumn the Bauhaus programme at the Wetlands and the William Morris gallery will offer design and make opportunities to both primary and secondary pupils. In November, for Molecules on the Marshes by Zarah Hussein, every school in the borough will be provided with resources to explore the science and art linked to this ambitious installation.

We will also be encouraging and empowering teachers and those working with young people to develop and contribute their own creative responses to the year’s events through a regular programme of artist-led training.  These will be able to be uploaded as part of the Borough of Culture programme. There will be a sustained legacy beyond 2019 to interpret and engage with the borough’s cultural heritage through this training network and with online and hands-on resources.

With the help of exciting new investment from the London Challenge Fund, from A New Direction.

We will be developing a new Cultural Education Partnership within the borough to support educators and arts providers to work more closely together, building skills, knowledge and networks to sustain a high quality arts provision in the future.  With A New Direction we will be supporting more Waltham Forest schools work towards Artsmark accreditation as benchmark of best practice in arts provision. We will also encourage increased Arts Award participation through Waltham Forest Borough of Culture Arts Award.

There will be a further round of grants for arts projects which schools can apply for over the year.

The educators programme for LBoC will start formally in January and the workshop programme will start in April with Atomic 50.  If you are a Waltham Forest educator and would like more information about the Borough of Culture education programme  and would like  to get involved in  the new Cultural Education Partnership as CEP Lead for your school please subscribe here.

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Last updated: 
Monday, 29 October, 2018
Last updated: 29 October 2018 by Sev Hassan