We run a range of events for different sectors, including development days for Artsmark schools, CPD activities for artists and much more. Browse our calendar to see what’s happening and click into each event to find out more and register your interest.
The Conference Explore the use of
Explore the use of playfulness in developing creativity in early years, for both inside and outside environments. This seminar will provide you with ideas and approaches, and give you opportunities to reflect on your own practice.
No experience is needed; it will be fun, practical and open to all abilities.
30 places are available on a first-come-first-served basis for £30 each (includes lunch and refreshments)
The seminar includes a workshop with leading artist practitioner and pedagogista Claire Witcomb. Claire was part of the Moonbeams programme and has been the Artist Pedogogista at Bloomsbury Nursery, in Birmingham for over 10 years. She is an artist, maker, collaborator, provocateur and adventurously enthusiastic natural playspace maker:
‘I work in ‘early years’, galleries, theatres, education and the public realm. I follow ideas and like to experiment, research and explore the world. Although I began as a sculptor I work in lots of different guises: I’ve facilitated workshops, led interventions, created public art, collaborated with artists, dancers, architects, writers, musicians. It’s hard to define what I do, but I like it that way. I suppose if you needed to pin me down, I’d say I’m inspired by ideas. I like to work with others to innovate and invent. I work a lot in the early years as a provocateur and I’m passionate about working in and with communities, with people of all ages, to make a creative landscape accessible to all.’
To book your place/s please complete the booking form.
Terms and Conditions
Completed booking forms should be returned to Lisa O’Connor.
Bookings will be confirmed by email to the email address specified on the booking form.
Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. In the event of booking requests surpassing the number of places available, a waiting list will be established.
Following confirmation of booking, invoices will be issued by Birmingham Nursery Schools
Teaching Schools Alliance and must be paid no later than 3 days prior to the seminar.
Once an invoice has been issued, bookings are non-refundable.
Failure to pay will result in bookings being withdrawn and re-allocated using the waiting list.
In the event of the seminar being cancelled by the event organiser, tickets will be refunded in full.
January 29 (Monday) 9:45 am - March 2 (Friday) 4:15 pm
Arts Connect are delighted to
Arts Connect are delighted to present a Film and Television Careers Fair for 14-19 year olds hosted by Birmingham City University. This is a free event.
The event will comprise of an Industry Market Place, Introduction to the Industry Session, workshops and 1-1 opportunities providing all attendees a chance to meet with Film and Television professionals and find out how they can access the industry.
Attendees will start their time at the fair at either the Market Place or in the key session – An Introduction to the Film and Television Industry led by Into Film. A vital session which outlines job opportunities and roles within the industry. At the Market Place young people can meet Film and Television individuals, companies and educators, such as Royal Television Society, Flatpack, Writers Guild West Midlands, Rural Media, Into Film, BFI Academies in addition to make-up artists, production designers, directors and other crafts people (individuals to be announced nearer the date).
Young people will be able to attend a workshop to help develop their portfolio and promote their work or find out about industry training and education. They will then enjoy one of our hands on workshops: How to make broadcast content on your phones or How to write for screen.
There are also limited 1-1 sessions available with workshop/industry leaders.
Who is it for?
The event is open to any young person aged 14-19 years old, they do not need to be in education to attend. School groups are welcome and multiple tickets can be selected at the same time. Please note, if a ticket is booked and no longer needed Arts Connect must be contacted so tickets can be reallocated.
The day is structured into morning (for schools only) and afternoon sessions (for anyone). Tickets must be booked for a chosen arrival time to suit, delegates will be placed into a group to help them navigate their way around the event.
For the full schedule and ticketing structure and to book please see below.
All Day (Thursday)
The Artsmark Development day is a
The Artsmark Development day is a full day of CPD for two members of staff (one must be a member of your Senior Leadership Team). The purpose of the day is to explain your journey ahead, to support high level planning for the arts and culture in your school and to give you the opportunity to network and share ideas and planning with other schools in your area.
Overview of the Artsmark Process
Artsmark has a common sense application process that is light on paperwork and flexible to your school.
Each school follows these steps to gain an Artsmark award:
Register your school or education setting by completing the short form on our website.
- Undertake a Self-Assessment
Read the Self-Assessment document to find out about the criteria for each Artsmark level, Arts Council England’s Quality Principles and to gauge your schools current level of provision. (Bring this along to the Development Day)
- Attend a Development Day
You have now booked to attend a Development Day with us, your local delivery partner. Here you will start to write your Statement of Commitment.
- Write a Statement of Commitment
Use the Statement of Commitment template to tell us about your goals and objectives for Artsmark. Submit this to Arts Council England within one term of attending the Development Day.
- Deliver and develop your goals
When your Statement of Commitment is accepted you have up to two years to deliver and develop your goals and objectives and submit a Case Study.
- Get support from us, your local delivery partner
We offer support sessions on topics such as evidencing impact and writing your Case Study. These are two hour courses that you can book on to via our website www.artsconnect.co.uk
- Evidence and evaluate the impact
Look back at your Statement of Commitment, Self-Assessment, Quality Principles and the work you have done to evidence and evaluate the impact of Artsmark.
- Write a Case Study
Use the Case Study template to reflect on the journey you have been on since submitting your Statement of Commitment and submit this to Arts Council England.
There is a half termly submission deadline for Case Studies to go forward for Levelling, we will keep you updated of these dates via the Arts Connect newsletter
- Be awarded an Artsmark level
After the Case Study deadline passes you will hear the outcome of your submission by the end of the following academic term. You can be awarded Silver, Gold or Platinum Artsmark award which you hold for two years.
To maintain Artsmark status you should re-register before your award expires and start working towards your next award.
The Artsmark Partnership Programme is
The Artsmark Partnership Programme is an Arts Council England endorsed network of arts and cultural organisations who can support Artsmark schools and settings.
This training is for National Portfolio Organisation’s who have identified working with Artsmark schools as part of their Goal 5 ambitions.
Artsmark Partners will be supported to develop deeper, longer term relationships with educational settings and strengthen their offer for children and young people. Artsmark settings will be supported by Partners to further develop and embed their arts and cultural provision.
(Wednesday) 10:00 am - 3:30 pm