Artists in Residence

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    This funded programme will support 12 participating primary and SEND schools to use an art form of their choice to address school improvement goals, unlock the joy of learning and develop key academic and personal skills. 

    We are currently accepting applications from Primary and SEND schools from the following London boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, and the Cities of London and Westminster.

    Through meaningful partnerships with Eastside Artists, the programme will aim to provide schools with opportunities to embed the arts in the heart of school life. Using interactive workshops, high quality creative CPD sessions and in-school sharing opportunities the project aims to raise aspirations of pupils and engage the wider school community with a sense of pride and achievement.

    Eastside’s experienced Artists will visit the schools over a series of 6 weeks in the Summer Term 2022 to deliver an inspiring and engaging programme of interactive workshops and assemblies with students, exploring a chosen theme. Artists will work with students to creatively develop pieces of art using either Animation, Drama, Spoken Word Poetry or Singing as their discipline. Each school residence will culminate in a celebratory Creative School Festival where students and schools will share back the creative art pieces they have been working on during the project.

    Participating Schools Will Receive:

    • A Creative Planning Meeting between the Lead contact (‘Creative Champion’), Eastside’s Schools Programme Manager, and the artist in residence to plan creative project details
    • Up to 2 spaces at our Creative Teacher CPD Workshop exploring creative approaches to the curriculum
    • A Whole School Assembly kicking off the creative project and getting the whole school excited.
    • An Animation, Drama, Spoken Word Poetry or Singing Artist in Residence at their school for 6 weeks, delivering interactive workshops supporting students to work towards a shared creative piece. 
    • A ‘rehearsal week’ where they and the students can prepare for the festival.
    • A final celebratory Creative School Festival, hosted by their artist in residence, where all KS2 students will showcase their creative pieces with the wider school community, including all school staff and parents.

    Please note that although this is a fully-funded project provided at no cost to the school, we do ask for a small commitment fee of £120 per school to confirm their place on the programme and ensure active participation. Bursaries are available for schools who require financial support, please get in touch to discuss this with us.

    Deadline for applications is 5pm on 16th November.

    Applications are now closed.

    Watch a film about a similar Eastside programme here.

    ‘It gave the children a voice and a platform to express themselves in a positive way.’ - a participating teacher

    'Working with Eastside has been really great as well as everything has been really easy to get in place, it’s been so well organised that it maximised the time we had with the artist...Getting the popcorn and perhaps a red carpet for the premiere…Thank you, thank you, thank you' - a participating teacher

    ‘One of the most memorable moments was when I got the students to share some of their words they wrote using similes... and some of the sentences we heard blew both the teachers and me away. I truly felt inspired by the students - something I’d personally been struggling with, to feel inspired.’ - a participating artist