Forest of Imagination have put together a feast of Forest creative ideas and inspiration, to share with teachers, carers and students. Designed in collaboration with Forest Artists in celebration of 10.10.20 TEDx Bath, TED Countdown and The Big Green Draw
This invitation to schools includes seven unique lines of creative enquiry, initial preparation for teachers and suggestions about what the imaginative co-enquiry process with your students may involve. Please share this free creative tool with colleagues, parents and carers!
View the invitation here.
Forest of Imagination and The Big Draw join forces
Forest of Imagination and The Big Draw join forces during the pandemic to shine a light on the importance of nature and creativity in our wellbeing.
Harnessing the power of their collective message, and to promote the importance of creativity and collaboration; Forest of Imagination will work alongside The Big Draw, supporting a shared vision in response to the climate emergency, endorsing the positive viewpoint that ‘A Climate of Change’ is essential using creativity as a tool for change.
The two arts organisations will reach out to work with artists and organisations, encouraging them to respond to the climate crisis, through at-home re-invention, making, drawing, singing, writing and many other forms of expression. To further distribute their message of ‘A Climate of Change’ by building a radical and creative response together.
Local and international artists will bring a collection of videos, interviews, news and blog posts to support the importance of creativity, drawing and making to a broader audience. These will be shared on our mutual social media platforms and right here on our website.
Dr Penny Hay, co-founder of Forest of Imagination and House of Imagination said: “This is a wonderful and creative collaboration with big themes and key messages in response to the climate emergency – it is an invitation for everyone to get involved in a conversation about our collective imagination and how we can work together to make a difference”.
We are sewing the seeds and coming up with ideas on how to keep everyone connected with Forest of Imagination 2020
In 2020 & 2021 Forest of Imagination will create a radical response to the global environmental crisis through creativity & research
This year, the award-winning arts event was due to return to the city of Bath with its multi-sensory array of outdoor participation art installations, workshops, architecture, sculptures and audio experiences inviting the entire city to participate…
…However, due to COVID-19 and its impact, we are doing our best to create a virtual Forest of Imagination across the world, to everyone’s imagination alive in this time of crisis.
We will continue to work with artists, collaborators, architects, musicians, writers, sponsors, businesses, local and global organisations as the roots of Forest’ reach around the globe.
Join us in a creative debate about the importance of creative education for all children and young people at Bath Spa University’s brand new School of Art and Design.
Wed, 23 October 2019, 5–7pm
International author and campaigner, Melissa Benn will be joined by colleagues from Bath Spa University, Goldsmiths University of London and Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination. Professor Sue Rigby, Vice Chancellor, Bath Spa University will give a welcoming address to open up the debate.
Melissa Benn, will kick off the evening with a creative provocation: ‘There is currently a propaganda war under way in English education, led by the political right, which seeks not merely to defend but to celebrate the dramatic reforms of the past decade. Part of this involves the idea of ‘no excuses’ discipline and a ‘knowledge curriculum’ – as if no knowledge was ever imparted in England’s schools before 2010. In reality, many of these changes have meant a narrowing curriculum and more standardised testing, and imposition of the Ebacc as an accountability measure has reduced the teaching of more creative subjects such as art, drama and music.”
Melissa Benn will examine these issues, as well as highlighting those institutions and individuals who are resisting it through their exploration and celebration of human creativity in the broadest sense. She will stress the importance of both educational history, as a way of preventing the erasure of past innovation and success, and our need to highlight the achievements of other educational systems that put less emphasis on narrow knowledge and harsh discipline. Finally, she will explore how we can resist current trends in education, and help to develop a flourishing alternative, both at school level and in the political realm.
Dr Esther Sayers, Goldsmiths University of London, Ruth Sapsed, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and Dr Penny Hay, Bath Spa University, will share examples of exemplary practice in creative education and open up the debate about how we can prioritise creativity at all levels of our education system.
This event is supported by Creative Bath.
Tickets £5, incl. glass of wine
Please feel free to share the flyer or the above Eventbrite link with any contacts who may be interested in attending.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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…