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  • Creative Learning in Southend
    Alternative Pathways Discussion
  • 17 January to 17 January 2017
  • Focal Point Gallery

Creative Learning in Southend Alternative Pathways Discussion

Official statistics published in 2014 revealed that the UK’s creative Industries are worth £71.4 billion per year to the UK economy. It continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors, rising by 15% in the year 2015/16.

This event will pose the question 'Is our education system a good ambassador for this growing sector?'. The value of creativity as part of a full learning experience can be overlooked by a narrow definition of innovation. Failing to capitalise on this fact brings a risk to the future of the wider creative industries and the potential for young people and their employment opportunities.

Join guest speakers Colette Bailey (Artistic Director of Metal), Roxie Curry (Royal Opera House Bridge), Nicky Morgan (Arts Council England), Kieran Reed (Artist and Lecturer at Slade School of Art) and Viv Stevens (Headteacher at Hinguar School, Shoeburyness) to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing creative learning in Southend and how we can support our young people in their choices.

To coincide with this evening, we will be formally launching ‘Alt Art School’, a go-to guide for young people wanting to access a creative pathway in Southend. This is a collaboration between Focal Point Gallery and METAL. The publication lists artists and creative professionals who assist young people by encouraging their talents and development in the arts.

There will also be a digital presentation of work from young people participating in Focal Point Gallery and METAL’s Arts Award programmes on the Big Screen Southend.

Arrival 4.30pm to 5.00pm

Introduction from Joe Hill (Focal Point Gallery Director) and Colette Bailey (Artistic Director of Metal).

Key talk from Kieren Reed on the value of creative education, including presentation on the Shoebury Park Public Art Project.

5.30pm to 7.00pm

Panel discussion with guest speakers Roxie Curry (Royal Opera House Bridge), Nicky Morgan (Arts Council England), Kieran Reed (Artist and Lecturer at Slade School of Art) and Viv Stevens (Headteacher at Hinguar School, Shoeburyness).

Questions and Final words from Joe Hill.

7.00pm onwards

Networking opportunity.

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