Creative & Cultural Skills is lead partner in new project Make Art Not War

 1 November 2018

14-18 NOW and artist Bob and Roberta Smith OBE RA are inviting 16 to 18 year-old students across the UK to take part in Make Art Not War, responding to the provocation “What does peace mean to you?”

A creative response to history encourages new perspectives
A creative response to history encourages new perspectives

Launching on 5 November, students are invited to make their own creative work across any media, including writing, art, design, photography, theatre and film. Among the resources is a gallery of short films by artists from across the 14-18 NOW programme, including Jeremy Deller, Rachel Whiteread and Yinka Shonibare MBE. These give insight into each artist's commission for 14-18 NOW, their creative habits and their own reflection on the question raised by Bob and Roberta Smith.

Creative & Cultural Skills is one of the lead partners in the project. For Make Art Not War, each of the National Skills Academy leadership colleges is working with an artist mentor for the duration of the programme.

‘Creative & Cultural Skills Programme Director Rob West says, “We are delighted that we have been able to make this prestigious project part of this year’s portfolio for the National Skills Academy. This is a fantastic opportunity for our Further Education leadership colleges to work with a professional artist and showcase work nationwide.”

This is a fantastic opportunity for our Further Education leadership colleges to work with a professional artist and showcase work nationwide.

Make Art Not War has been created to encourage young people to develop and nurture essential creative skills that are fundamental to wider learning and are matched to future social and economic demands. Creative learning in the UK charts its beginnings back to 1918 and the shifts that occurred in education in response to the inhumanity of the First World War.

The end of the war marked the start of the Child Art Movement, a holistic and arts-rich approach to learning championed by educationalists of the time. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2020 creativity will be in the top 3 most important skills alongside complex problem solving and critical thinking.

The programme is devised with leading academic Professor Bill Lucas and the former CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills Pauline Tambling CBE. It offers brand new curriculum resources designed specifically for assessment within A Level English, Art & Design and Geography.

The Make Art Not War resources and films can be accessed at: makeartnotwar.org.uk

See the full press release for further information.


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