The generosity of our Festival Benefactors and the success of the 2021 Festival has allowed us not only to make our outreach programme funding creative arts workshops in local primary schools an annual event, but now also to extend it to local secondary schools.
The festival funding professional arts practitioners brings something extraordinary into the classroom, offering new perspectives and creative challenges that can unlock a world of possibility and hope. There has never been a time when this has been more important. The arts have the capacity to lift the spirits and engage the learner; they leave us feeling free, refreshed, and optimistic and take us on thought journeys that can impact our lives in so many positive ways. These days, particularly for the young people of this pandemic, that’s the holy grail everyone is after.
In 2021 performance poet Joshua Seigal had everyone enthralled with his word-wizardry and the children became art detectives their curiosity piqued by historian Lizzy Rowe from Magic Lantern who transformed the classroom into a pop-up art gallery and shared stories and jaw-dropping facts about famous artists and their work. Completing the week’s activities, renowned painter and colourist Antonia Black encouraged the children to paint with joyful abandon and amazed everyone by painting a still life display, from scratch, in an hour, whilst recounting a lifetime of globetrotting adventures and answering questions! Antonia then signed and gifted her paintings to the schools.