creativity – making artists the key
Conference in Brussels
For 18 months, the international project Artists in Creative Education
has focused on using artists and cultural activities to unlock creativity in
children and young people in schools. The four partners from across Europe - Creativity, Culture
and Education, CCE, (UK), Cultuur-Ondernemen (Netherlands), Drömmarnas Hus
(Sweden), and Kulturkontakt Austria have worked very successfully
together. All in all, 25 artists from nine European
countries have met, worked incredibly hard and shared their experiences of working creatively in
primary schools, mainly in deprived communities.
The big finale of the project was a conference held in Brussels on 6 October.
160 participants from 27 countries from across Europe and beyond met at the
Bronks Theatre. The aim of the
conference was to address the role artists play as creative partners in schools
by combining the knowledge of leading international experts, artists,
educators, politicians, policy makers and EU representatives.
The conference was a varied, very lively, challenging and productive
event and what emerged from it was a clear sense that a network to support this
work in the future was an important next step. Notable speakers at the conference were Mary Honeyball (MEP)
and Karoline Zielinska (Chair of the Culture Affairs Committee of the EU and Senior
expert in the Polish Ministry of Culture). The day included a live link-up with classrooms in the UK,
India, Tanzania, Russia and Brussels led by artist Mike McGrother. This brought children right into the
heart of the conference, had all the delegates on their feet and brilliantly
illustrated approaches to working creatively across national boundaries.
Paul Collard (CEE) made an inspiring and thought provoking presentation
about the achievement of the project. Later everyone participated in one of four imaginative and diverse artist
led workshops – these workshops succesfully illustrated some of the wonderful
creative practice which exists in Europe, which has been evident throughout this
18 months project. After lunch
there was room for all participants to take part in a World Café to debate and
discuss key themes related to this agenda, then followed a presentation of the Artists
in Creative Education – Practical Guide led by Chrissie Tiller and Sara
Clifford. The conference concluded
with a final discussion and an agreement of next steps.
One of the overall aims of the project has been to produce a practical guide to share our experiences and support artists to work creativity in
education. The guide was launched at the conference in Brussels.
Download the full guide for print here
Download the guide as a text version here