Monthly Archives: June 2015

Arts Coordinator Network Meeting

Wednesday 1st July 2015

1.30 – 3.45pm

Great Bow Wharf, Langport, TA10 9PN
To book contact 01458 254 262

Free to InspirED schools, Non-InspirED schools £45pp

Includes light snacks and refreshments

Our theme this term is ‘Great Artists’. You are invited to identify ONE artist (this could be a visual artist, a dancer, musician etc) to introduce to the group, who has inspired you or children in your school. They could be a local or living artist, or someone from another time or culture. They may have worked in your school, children may have looked at their work as part of a curriculum project, or you may have seen their work and found it inspiring. If possible, please bring examples of their work, in books or on a laptop or data stick, along with any children’s work inspired by theirs. We will share ideas for arts projects inspired by their work.

Led by SPAEDA associate consultant, Fiona Godfrey, these meetings offer the chance for you to refresh and review your practice as a primary arts subject coordinator or creative leader, as well to build your networks with like-minded colleagues.

Open to all those who have attended The Role of the Primary Art Coordinator training or The Role of the Creative Leader courses, meetings are an opportunity to share ideas, celebrate developments, get support with challenges and hear latest news about arts in the curriculum. Fiona will provide input on a relevant theme and the meeting usually includes a short, practical art-based activity. Themes to date have included sketchbooks, assessment, skills progression and using artists.

A further event is planned for the autumn term on the 10th November, time and price TBC

Contact Janey on 01458 254262 or email on

InspirED Hosts InspirED Summer Celebration Event to thank all involved in the InspirED partnership

The event brought together teachers, funders and staff from subscribing schools to celebrate everything inspirED has made possible over the past two years

On Tuesday 2nd June, some of Somerset’s finest young performers presented their work at a special event to celebrate the county’s most creative schools. Guests were treated to two incredible performances, one from Somerset Youth Dance Company and the other from the Huish Sixth drama group. Later in the evening Darryl Simpson from Castle School and Catherine Walker from South Petherton Junior School, presented work made at their school with InspirED over the last year. This was followed by inspirational speeches from them on how the project has helped their schools, they outlined the cost effectiveness of membership and described it as a developmental tool for students.

A combination of the incredible performances, exhibition of InspirED’s work with schools, the beautiful setting, delicious food from Kitchen at the Wharf and the mix of enthusiastic people made for a buzzing atmosphere. Guests included people from; Arts Council England, Somerset County Council, Somerset Association of Secondary Head teachers, as well as teachers from a variety of secondary, primary and special schools as well as the Mendip Pupil Referral Unit.

InspirED, a unique partnership between four award winning arts organisations; Somerset Art Works, Somerset Film, SPAEDA and Take Art, hosted its first Summer Celebration Event. InspirED provides professional creative arts opportunities to children and young people in schools across Somerset. Through InspirED over 15,000 children and young people have benefited from increased access to arts and culture.

It was all made possible by the following funders and organisations: Somerset’s Children and Young People Compact, Somerset Art Works, Somerset Film, Take Art, SPAEDA and Kitchen at the Wharf.

Huish sixth performance - InspirED Celebration

Dancers - Inspired celebration