Forth Valley Creative Learning

Forth Valley Creative Learning is a new collaboration between Education in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire, creating opportunities together to explore creativity and creative learning through creative conversations, talks, CPD and networks.

Will this be in the test?

A day long ruckus exploring the changing role of the participatory artist within education.

10 – 3pm
Friday 26th February 2016
The Tollbooth

With the return of national testing what space is there in a cluttered and fragmented curriculum for art, culture and creativity. The role of the artist in society and in education is under scrutiny like never before. How do we do more for less which has bigger impact? The challenge is set but how do we respond?

We invite you to spend the day with a diverse range of practitioners to wrestle with the complex issues surrounding the changing role of the participatory artist within education. We will facilitate workshops, panel discussions and stage acts of creative disruptions to better understand who we are and what we offer within Scotland’s future education system.

The day will offer different forms to explore the overarching question: how do we reimagine the role of the participatory artist within the Scottish education system? The day will include:

Shared learning experiences from a recent training programme in which seven artists undertook a four month project which interrogated their practise to develop a series of pilot projects in collaboration with schools. The artists will share their experiences.

A panel discussion with creative practitioners currently undertaking a PhD in Scotland. This session will explore the links and impact of research within a practise led profession.

A series of provocations by leading creative practitioners working in the field of learning and participation.

Group sessions to apply the learning to individual contexts.

It is predicted by 2030 global youth unemployment will hit 60%. This is coupled with 47% of jobs being automated. The shift away from mass industry to a culture of freelance employment is unarguable. The world of work is changing unlike anything ever experienced and with these monumental changes comes a new set of challenges for the next generations. A future world full of uncertainty demands learners must be equipped with higher-order creativity skills that, as Education Scotland suggests: will help children and young people not just understand the world, but be sufficiently equipped to influence its shape.

The design of curricula and pedagogy can no longer be anchored to the knowledge of the class teacher alone. How can children and young people’s experience of education best prepare them for a future that defies prediction, and for jobs that haven’t been invented yet? Learning and teaching must inspire and develop imagination, innovation, independence and collaboration, curiosity, self-discipline, resilience, risk taking, problem solving and critical thinking. All this can be summarised with one word: creativity.

The role of the artist in learning settings has fundamentally shifted from deliverer to strategic collaborator with focus placed on their creative processes and the benefits it offers the education system. Despite their creative skills being recognised and valued the quantity of artists choosing to work in this new role is limited. The need is evident but the skills gap is hindering progress.

West Lothian Council, Perth & Kinross Council and Falkirk, Clackmannanshire & Stirling Council’s (Forth Valley Creative Learning) have together provided a training programme for artists working in participatory settings. Working in partnership with the creative producing company Hidden Giants, they have provided seven artists a four month programme to support their practise within schools. Through a series of training days and then pilot projects the artists challenged the preconceived notions of what artists contribute to the life of a school.

Who is it for?
The day is geared towards anyone working in education and learning environments passionate about new approaches to learning and teaching. We imagine interested parties will include: teachers, artists, QIO’s, head teachers, activists, young people, creative practitioners, government, heads of education, arts companies, national companies etc.

10 – 3pm
Friday 26th February 2016
The Tollbooth

Additional Information
The project has been funded by the Creative Learning Networks(CLN) in the five local authority areas and the Artworks programme through Creative Scotland and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. It is directly connected to the implementation of Creative Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan and the work delivered on a daily basis by the CLN across Scotland.


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