Forest of Imagination 2019

Discover a free, fantastical forest and outdoor gallery right in the heart of Bath! Designed by a collective of local and international artists and creative professionals. Forest of Imagination will transform areas around the Holburne and Sydney Gardens into wondrous sensory installations and architectural artworks, with creative activities for all ages.

Forest of Imagination is returning to the World Heritage City of Bath for its sixth year. Everyone is welcome!

View the 2019 event programme here.

View the Schools’ flyer.

Schools can book a visit on 21 and/or 24 June 2019.

Please contact Sarah Macdonald: learning@forestofimagination.com

 

Please visit the FOI website for more details

To make a donation towards the event, please visit our Local Giving page.

We hope to see you in the Forest…

Learning Everywhere | Free Heritage Schools CPD

Holburne Museum Bath | Monday 20 May 10–3.30pm

We invite you to the latest Learning Everywhere CPD event.

The award-winning Heritage Schools programme aims to help school children develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance.

We will share examples from local innovative projects including School Without Walls and Curious-city.

School Without Walls is a ground-breaking initiative in collaboration with 5x5x5=creativity and the egg theatre, involving local schools in an arts based residency, developing co-enquiry in response to children’s interests.

Curious-city is an approach that enables a setting to create a bespoke, locally focused curriculum that both covers and enhances the National Curriculum.

Programme

10 am Registration and Coffee

10.15 am Welcome and introduction: Michael Gorely, Historic England and Penny

Hay, 5x5x5=creativity, Bath Spa University

10.30 am Heritage Schools: Michael Gorely, Historic England

11.00 am Curious-city: Nicholas Garrick, Lighting Up Learning

12 noon School Without Walls: Christina Parker, Holburne Museum and Kirsty Claxton, 5x5x5=creativity

12.30 pm Quality learning: How does this relate to the new Ofsted Framework?

12.45 pm Lunch | School Without Walls film

1.30 pm How to do a local study in 4 easy steps:Michael Gorely, Historic England

3.00 pm Sharing projects in schools and planning next steps

3.30 pm A chance to explore the Holburne Museum collections and exhibitions

A light lunch will be provided and participating schools can claim up to £130 to support cover costs for teachers attending. To book places on the day please contact Local Heritage Education Manager Michael Gorely michael.gorely@historicengland.org.uk.

All best wishes,
Penny

Artists and Educators Professional Development Day

Tuesday 11 June 2019, 9.45 am – 1 pm, Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Hauser & Wirth Somerset and 5x5x5=creativity have come together again this year to host a special event for artists working in education.

The setting at Hauser & Wirth Somerset will provide a platform for teachers and artist practitioners to develop their skills for working with young people. This year we shall focus on: dialogue and discourse, movement, drawing and sculpture through a range of short practical activities.

This event is co-hosted by Dr. Penny Hay, Director of 5x5x5=creativity, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education and Research Fellow, Bath Spa University and practising artist as well as a member of the Education Team at Hauser and Wirth Somerset.

Itinerary
9.45 am­ Coffee and registration
10.15 am Welcome and introductions
10.30 am Pecha Kucha presentations
11.10 am Tour of exhibition
11.45 am Activity 1: Invitation to respond to the exhibition
12.15 pm Responding to exhibition by developing an activity for a specific group in pairs or small groups
12.45 pm Sharing responses and discussion
1 pm Finish

Book lunch at Roth Bar & Grill and continue personal research on site in the afternoon by spending time in the exhibition ‘Unconscious Landscape. Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection’, explore the Book Lab celebrating Richard Scarry and visit Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

Attendees are invited to submit Pecha Kucha proposals. Pecha Kucha presentations are a rapid-fire performance of 20 image-rich slides. Each slide is shown for exactly 20 seconds before automatically moving to the next. The total presentation time is 6 minutes, 40 seconds.

If you would like to be included in this activity please submit by 17 May to education@hauserwirth.com.

Tickets are £5 and include refreshments and resources.

Click to register via Eventbrite

Dedication to Sue East (1959-2018) Head teacher, St Andrew’s Primary School

Sue was an extraordinary and inspirational person, a real heroine and trailblazing headteacher. She passionately believed that the arts have the power to be transformational in all of our lives.

Sue allowed teachers to develop their skills in creative and arts based learning, by allowing them to be courageous, take positive risks and push the boundaries of possibility. Sue’s vision allowed the transformation of both teachers and learners, enabling a truly research-full school and inspiring a new generation of teachers.

Sue believed in every child’s creative capacities, that School Without Walls would shine a light on their learning, as active citizens, working alongside creative role models as part of a team.

Sue showed how children’s eyes light up with learning when they are trusted and supported in their creative enquiries – their confidence, engagement, communication and reflective skills are all enhanced in this process.

Sue faced all challenges with courage and a passion for things being different. She always had a Plan B. Sue touched the lives of many, fighting for every child’s right to the arts, creativity and culture. The educational landscape is different because of Sue.

 

People Fall In Love

‘We are united in making education sustainable by placing creativity at its heart, we want children and young people to fall in love with learning, but there are some things we need to re-think.’

The poem and film People Fall in Love is a clarion call for the world to reconsider an approach to learning – not one that commoditises education and stifles creativity to everybody’s cost – please share this powerful and beautifully shot film with your contacts and networks if you believe that we need to #ReThinkEducation via a #CreativeRevolution.

The film was commissioned by Penny Hay, Director and Co-Founder of 5x5x5=creativity, School Without Walls and Forest of Imagination, as a gift for Sir Ken Robinson.

People Fall in Love has been created in response to the current education system, which does not prioritise human flourishment and is failing our children. Toby celebrates the views of 5x5x5=creativity’s Patron Sir Ken Robinson, whose TED Talk, ‘Do schools kill creativity?’ is the most watched TED Talk of all time.

People Fall in Love is a creative manifesto, Toby Thompson makes a personal and universal comment on the state of education, drawing on the wisdom of Sir Ken Robinson, the media and his own experience in the British education system.

Toby, is a creative champion for young people. In People Fall in Love he explores and expresses these ideas in his chosen art form, spoken word. Toby reflects the ethos of 5x5x5=creativity that supports every young persons’ creative potential – we offer it to you, the best way we can, through the unique creativity of a young person.

Sir Ken Robinson: “Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. Too often it is demeaned and diminished by dominant systems of education. Given the many global challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed – it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardise education, but to personalise it: to create environments where young people want to learn and where they can discover and develop their own talents and passions.”

Penny Hay: “The danger of the current education system places too much emphasis on: performance, accountability and league tables and not enough emphasis on the meaning of education, which is to bring out everyone’s potential to flourish in their own unique way.

“The system is outdated, a utilitarian structure based on a factory model that churns children out in ways that deny them their basic human rights. Rather than acknowledge that children and young people develop and learn differently – the system puts them into boxes and is a transmission model rather than an invitation to learn – they will never fall in love with learning this way.”

Directed by Buster Grey-Jung and Stroma Cairns and funded by Arts Council England this compelling and captivating film speaks to our hearts as well as our minds.

Sir Ken Robinson, Penny Hay and Toby Thompson invite you to be part of the #CreativeRevolution a virtual call to arms to #ReThinkEducation.

Please watch, enjoy and, most importantly, if you recognise how vital this message is to future generations and our wider society – please share widely.

5x5x5creativity.org.uk
tobythompson.net
sirkenrobinson.com

Directed by Buster Grey-Jung & Stroma Cairns
Written & Performed by Toby Thompson
Edited by Stroma Cairns

Sound by Josh Grey-Jung