The Education Network for Waltham Forest
Supported by Waltham Forest

London Borough of Culture

Education in Waltham Forest

LBOC LOGO.pngWaltham 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.

Funding for Schools

For the first time schools and colleges will be eligible to apply for Waltham Forest Arts Grants as part of the London Borough of Culture Fellowship Funding, providing a total of £550 thousand. Engaging schools and young people will be one of the priorities considered in making awards. The different grants can fund arts projects (Make it Happen) or the improvement of facilities (Make it work) so the best chance of success will lie in collaborative community-based applications.

There will be two grant rounds, the first in September and the second in January. 

22 October 2018: Deadline for applications for Make it Happen

26 November 2018: Deadline for application for Make it Work

More details

Do you have space to hire?

We will be looking for suitable venues and performances spaces for a whole range of projects so schools are encouraged to register details of their spaces for hire by completing the online form. We will promote school spaces for hire by sharing these details with partners and grant applicants.

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. 

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 10 October, 2018
Last updated: 10 October 2018 by Sev Hassan