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Arts Education

A school visit to Art Exchange can offer a unique understanding of contemporary art from across the world. To enhance your visit, we offer hands-on workshops and/or seminars to deepen learners’ understanding of exhibits and to inspire their own art practice.

  • Tattoo

    In January and February our gallery, Art Exchange, proudly exhibits Tattoo, curated by Dr Matt Lodder, lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex.

    Suitable for KS3 and KS4, we have three dates available for schools to visit the show, meet the curator himself, hear about the history of Tattoos and take part in an inspiring hands-on workshop:

    • Thursday 18 January 2018
    • Tuesday 23 January 2018
    • Tuesday 6 February 2018

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  • GCSE/ A-Level Drama support

    We understand that the run up to GCSE Drama practical exams can be busy time of year for both you and your students. We offer the opportunity for our undergraduate students to support your learners in the preparation for their exam with help devising and rehearsing final pieces.

    Our students will also be able to offer inspirational insight to university-life during this important time. Please get in touch with us to discuss how our students could support your school between now and the big day.

    • December 2017 – February 2018

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  • Human Rights Prize

    This is a brand new prize for KS3 and 4 in collaboration with the Human Rights Centre. The launch day on Thursday 14 December will provide an excellent introduction to Human Rights, delivered by academics and officers from the Centre.

    Students will hear from inspirational academics such as Dr Gavin Grindon, recent co-curator of The Occupation Museum in Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Palestine, curator of The Museum of Cruel Designs at Banksy’s Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare, and curator of the most visited exhibition at the V&A Museum since 1946, Disobedient Objects.

    Students will also be able to get hands-on during the day during a variety of arts activities designed to help inspire creative responses. The students will then go back to school to develop their projects before returning to showcase their work to a panel of judges on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

    • Launch - Thursday 14 December 2017
    • Final - Wednesday 18 April 2018

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  • The Dora Love Prize

    The arts can be a valuable tool to highlight and communicate challenging and pertinent issues. We work with our Department of History annually to provide the Dora Love Prize, a Holocaust awareness project for KS 3 and 4.

    The Prize goes to the project which expresses best that which was most important to Dora Love: speaking up against hatred wherever it occurs and never forgetting the ultimate consequence of seemingly small acts of discrimination.

    • Induction Day – 26 September 2017
    • Prize Giving Evening – 25 January 2018

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    "[I] really loved that it looked on the positive side and looked to the future."
  • Teacher CPD

    Our popular CPD enables teachers to share best practice and gain new ideas to take back to the classroom.

    Engaging and Motivating Boys in Art and Design

    Thursday 12 July 2018 from 9.00am-3.30pm at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus

    A three-part presentation and hands-on workshop to explore the issues that contribute to the underachievement and poor levels of engagement, predominantly of boys. The presentation will be supported by research data and analysis, feedback from teachers, Ofsted HMI and NSEAD. Guidance and activities will develop teachers' understanding of these issues before exploring strategies and approaches teachers can use to address these issues within their own departments.

    The day also includes;

    • Insight into West Suffolk College's MARS initiative (TES Award Winner 2016) – a project that merges maths, art, religion and science.
    • Talk from University of Essex Art Historian and Co-Director of the Centre for Curatorial Studies, Dr. Michael Tymkiw.
    • Introduction to Artsmark - a practical tool for schools and education settings seeking to enrich their arts provision.

    Bookings can be made via our Eventbrite page. Lunch and parking is also included.