Schools’ Outreach Programme

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.

Magic Lantern Educational Charity

Throwing a pot with Honeybourne Pottery – July 2022

Primary schools

In 2022 St Mary’s and Broadway First have been pulsing to the energetic rhythms of Brazil’s Rio Carnival with a day of fast & furious samba drumming workshops led by musician and band director David Walter. In the run up to Easter, professional theatre practitioners Playbox Theatre and Divergent Theatre dived deep beneath the surface of the curriculum with tailor-made activities to bring characters and topics to life.

Samba Drumming at Prince Henry’s High School Evesham

Throwing a pot with Honeybourne Pottery at Chipping Campden School

Secondary schools

In addition to our work with the primaries, we have been able to expand our outreach programme to include two local secondary schools – Chipping Campden and Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham. After discussions with the heads of department, we put together a programme of free workshops to bolster and support their students’ arts education in 2022 and beyond  to engage and inspire teenagers.

We were delighted to be able to arrange for the renowned Frantic Assembly Physical theatre company to run exclusive workshops for A level Drama and dance students at both schools.

Our current Artist in Residence, Nick Logan, conducted a masterclass in portraiture for A level art students at Prince Henry’s and Honeybourne Pottery are providing Potter’s Wheel taster sessions for year 7 gifted and talented students at Chipping Campden in July.

240 Year 8 & 9 pupils in total took part in Samba Drumming workshops led by Ola Samba during the Spring of 2022 expressing themselves to the rythms of the Rio Carnival!

Movement Director Steve Kirkham from Frantic Assembly with A level Dance & Drama  students at Chipping Campden School

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

Broadway Platinum Jubilee

As part of the Broadway Jubilee celebrations, the primary school children decorated paper lanterns supplied by Broadway Arts Festival using the colours and images from the famous John Singer Sargent painting Carnation Lily, Lily, Rose painted in the grounds of Russell House, Broadway in the late 19th century. The schools joined other organisations in Broadway village to lead a once-in-a-lifetime Platinum Jubilee Parade down the High Street carrying their LED-lit lanterns.

The children were given a lively and engaging talk about the world famous Sargent painting by art historian Karen Bloch when they were handed their lanterns to decorate at school.

If you would like to support our outreach work, please consider becoming a benefactor, applications for 2022 are now open.

The children of Broadway parading with their decorated paper lanterns leading the procession down the High Street