Sheffield pupils selected for arts programme

School children take part in arts activities
School children take part in arts activities

Children from three Sheffield primary schools are to take part in a new, exciting arts programme within the city.

A total 330 children will learn more about the arts and enjoy creative pursuits, after Museums Sheffield was chosen as one of 10 UK arts organisations by the education charity, Children and the Arts, to join their ‘Start’ programme.

Schools to benefit in Sheffield will be the Mundella Primary school. Bankwood Primary School and Woodhouse West Primary School.

Pupils and teachers will visit the Ruskin and Metalwork Collections in the Millennium Gallery. Both collections contain objects made in Sheffield or that were collected to inspire Sheffield-based makers. Children can explore their local gallery before working with Museums Sheffield specialists and a professional artist, in special workshops within the gallery and in school.

Staff from Museums Sheffield will help the children analyse pieces, and answer their questions about them.

Behind-the-scenes tours of the gallery will take place, and exhibition teams will show the youngsters how to create displays of their own work.

At the end of each year (the project lasts three years) there will be a celebratory event. In the final year there will be an exhibition curated by the children themselves at the Millennium Gallery, where their final year’s work will be available for everyone to view.

All of this will be built in to the schools’ curriculums, and teachers will receive training is using art as a teaching resource as they are introduced to other opportunities in and around Sheffield.

Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of Children and the Arts, said: “The Start programme reaches out to the many children in the UK who are denied the opportunity to engage with the arts. Start shows that museums and galleries, theatres and concert halls, are places that they are allowed to visit, places where they can experience and learn something new, and most of all, places that they can enjoy.

We know that Start, as well as being fun, has had a huge impact on children’s confidence, communication skills and personal development of thousands of children across the UK. We are delighted to be working with Museums Sheffield to provide these opportunities for children in South Yorkshire.”