National Skills Academy network to run Inspiration Station at UAL Awarding Body Annual Conference

21 January 2020

We are delighted that the National Skills Academy network of Creative & Cultural Skills has been invited to exhibit a selection of students' work from our Make Art Not War programme at #TeachInspireCreate the UAL Awarding Body Annual Conference.

Creative & Cultural Skills are working in partnership with Creative & Digital faculty at Blackburn College, one of our FE Leadership colleges, to run an Inspiration Station at the conference to showcase student responses to the provocation ‘What does peace mean to you?’

Work is currently being sourced from across the participating Make Art Not War colleges to be curated and explained to attendees by the Blackburn College team.

The UAL Annual Conference - 7th February at The Mermaid Theatre, London - allows creative and cultural educators the opportunity to hear from key voices in the creative industries, selected to offer guidance on creative teaching, including methods to unlock student potential, such as the Make Art Not War live brief. Check out the full agenda for the event.

So far, 41 colleges from around the UK have expressed an interest in this year’s Make Art Not War UAL brief, and spaces are still available. For further information on the Make Art Not War project, contact [email protected]

It is great to have Blackburn flying the flag in London for all the colleges taking part in the Make Art Not War programme across the UK. Robert West Director of Partnerships and Delivery and Sandra Dartnell Partnership Manager North West at Creative & Cultural Skills will both be attending the event.

What is Make Art Not War?

Make Art Not War is inspired by artist Bob and Roberta Smith and commissioned by the cultural programme 14-18 NOW. It is also offered as a UAL Awarding Bodies Live Brief.

How are Blackburn College involved in Make Art Not War? The College first became linked into our Make Art Not War programme in 2018/19, when they worked with curator and creative producer Alex Zawadzki. This year their involvement in the creative skills project took on an extra dimension with a visit to the college Creative & Digital department by acclaimed artist, director and writer Neil Bartlett. Neil gave a master class to staff and students and offered his new work on Remembrance - 24: Hours of Peace - specifically as stimulus to their response to the live brief. Staff and students are currently working with Girls Girls Girls, a collaboration between artists Emma Colbert and Lydia McCaig, to respond and will show the work as part of the UAL conference showcase.

How can I get involved? To find out more about this and other Creative & Cultural Skills programme or to enquire about joining the National Skills Academy network please get in touch via [email protected]

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