PCEP Forum Event One: What Went On?

On November 30th we hosted the first in a series of quarterly events being piloted by Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership during 2021-2022.  We were at Market Hall  Devonport, with presentations from Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Cultural Education PartnershipStoke Creates and With Flying Colours and held discussions around a set of 4 questions connected to how we want to make best use of the forum.

Our Guest Presenters:

We were joined (virtually) by Natalie Armitage; Clay School Programme Manager for British Ceramics Biennial and Chair of the Stoke on Trent & North Staffordshire Cultural Education Partnership.  And Nicky Twemlow; Community Manager for YMCA North Staffordshire, Executive Director of Stoke Creates and Chair of Made in Stoke Diaspora Network.  Nicky and Nat shared insight into how their Cultural Education Partnership functions and the way in which they have collaborated with cultural organisations to develop a range of creative projects.  You can check out Nicky and Nat’s presentation here or watch the Zoom recording here.  Additionally they shared with us the link to their amazing ‘Arts Directory’ which you can take a look at here.

We also heard from Jess Blackledge the With Flying Colours project taking place in Plymouth schools supported by PCEP.  Sharing their brilliant process of co-creation across a number of Plymouth based schools which is developed in partnership with local artists and arts organisations Jess brought the focus back to creativity in Plymouth and the power that connection with arts and culture can have for young people and school staff and communities.  You can read more about With Flying Colours here.

The event 
In addition to some inspiring case studies we posed four questions to those attending: 

  • What is the role of *Cultural Education in the strategy of the city?
  • How can we make sure young people’s voices are involved in these discussions and the forum?
  • What do we want to see within Cultural Education/Arts in Plymouth?
  • What makes it beneficial for you to attend the forum and how could it connect to what you do?

The conversations were rich, thought provoking with lots of points and ideas to take forwards.  You can check out this Jamboard for everyone’s feed in and ideas.  This short write up also gives insight into the themes and ideas emerging from the conversations.  Thanks so much to those that were able to come and feed in.  The forum acts as a place to start these conversations and support in taking forward some of the ideas and suggestions where we can…more soon!

Our next forum event: Save the date(s)

Our next forum will be held in collaboration with Centre of Excellence in Creative Education an arts project based at High View School and takes place across 2 days; 28th Feb and 1st March 2022.  Day one will be online and Day two in person (all being well!) at High View School. We’ll again be joined by national case studies including Room 13 in Hareclive and Turner prize nominees Gentle/Radical to talk about their work and projects.

To read more and book your place:

Day 1: A National Conversation  
Day 2: The Plymouth Context (please use password C&C LEARNING)

The hosts:
This series of events is hosted by Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership- PCEP; a strategic collaboration between cultural, educational, community and youth organisations across the city.  PCEP seeks to address inequality in Plymouth by ensuring all children and young people have access to a high quality arts and cultural education offer that responds to their needs.  The PCEP Strategic Objectives are to improve quantity, quality and access to cultural education for children and young people.

If you have any issue accessing any of the links in this newsletter please let us know, get in touch via: gem@plymouthculture.co.uk and we can arrange getting them to you in another format/method.

*For the purpose of these events we are defining ‘Cultural Education’ as any activity delivered by organisations, individuals, schools, educators that connects with young people and encourage creativity, creative thinking and a creative output in any form (painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, craft, music…)