Colleges invited to sign up to this year’s Make Art Not War project

 9 October 2019

Last year Creative & Cultural Skills worked with major cultural programme 14-18 NOW to deliver Make Art Not War, in which students in National Skills Academy FE Leadership Colleges were asked to respond to the provocation ‘What does peace mean to you?’ In the second stage of the programme all colleges UK-wide are welcome to take part.

The programmes aims to help young people to build confidence, self-belief, teamwork, resilience and communication skills.
The programmes aims to help young people to build confidence, self-belief, teamwork, resilience and communication skills.

14-18 NOW was a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Make Art Not War is a legacy of that programme and is aimed at encouraging young people to nurture essential creative skills including self-awareness, curiosity, imagination and their own voice. 

In 2018-19, 14-18 NOW worked with Creative & Cultural Skills to place an artist in each of the leadership colleges of the National Skills Academy. Students used a variety of artforms to respond to the provocation put forth by leading artist Bob and Roberta Smith, ‘What does peace mean to you?’

The project worked directly with 1200 students and a University of the Arts Awarding Body (UAL) Diploma study option was rolled out to 213 FE colleges and 44,000 students. The significant impact of the project has demonstrated the value of real-world learning and the relevance of partnership working. 

Call out for colleges

Now, for the second year running 14-18 NOW has commissioned Creative & Cultural Skills to support up to 25 FE Colleges deliver the project and work with the support of UAL to engage their schools and colleges. The brief is purposefully wide and the teaching materials have been created to support students respond to the provocation.  

In Year Two the programme is looking to offer the opportunity to a minimum of 25 colleges and/or schools with the target to involve 2500 young people.

The opportunity to work on a live brief of this nature offers students valuable industry experience and the chance to engage with important real-world issues.

Creative & Cultural Skills Programme Director Rob West said, “After the resounding success of last year’s partnership with 1418 NOW we are thrilled to be able to expand the Make Art Not War project and reach a wider audience beyond our current network. The opportunity to work on a live brief of this nature offers students valuable industry experience and the chance to engage with important real-world issues.”

Project delivery within each college will be available to take up from October 2019 through to March 2020. Each college will have the freedom to respond to the brief in a way that suits each individual college. A selection of work will be showcased in a celebration event in Spring 2020.

24 Hours of Peace

Acclaimed artist, Neil Bartlett, who along with Kate Pullinger produced ‘Letter to an Unknown Solider’ as a commission by 14-18 NOW, is a supporter of the project and recently visited students at Blackburn College to speak about his work. He also spoke to students about his current work ‘24 Hours of Peace’ a free event taking place in Manchester on Remembrance Sunday 2019 at the Royal Exchange Theatre featuring the words of 100 contemporary peace makers.

This inspiring talk gave an artist’s perspective on developing ideas, finding funding and the logistics and planning needed to produce an arts event.

Make Art Not War Project Manager Amanda White said, “There was a lively post talk Q&A session. Neil told the students that if you can explain an idea at the beginning it’s not a good sign. But if you are saying ‘I’ve got this idea and I don’t know what it is yet... then keep going!’ This inspiring talk gave an artist’s perspective on developing ideas, finding funding and the logistics and planning needed to produce an arts event.”

“The staff used the day for CPD, as well as developing new curriculum areas, particularly in performance art. Most importantly we hope the students will use it to become the ‘Neil Bartletts’ of the future!” 

We are looking for 25 colleges to take part in this year’s Make Art Not War programme, and spaces are still available. For further information, contact Make Art Not War Project Manager Amanda White on Amanda.white@me.com or email info@ccskills.org.uk


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