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Textiles study day with Mary Restieaux RDI

October 3, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

On Wednesday 19 September a group of A-Level Art students from Whitley Academy were welcomed to the home and studio of Mary Restieaux RDI for a textiles study day. We gained a sense of the career pathways that a passion for working with textiles could offer and the multitude of ways that designs can be […]

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Commitments Review 2018

September 27, 2018 / Roisin Ellison

During June and July 2018, the RSA Academies’ team visited all schools to discuss the progress of embedding the two Commitments, discuss the information provided in the ‘Commitment tracking proformas’* and learn about how this process is going with a view to refreshing the documents and supporting resource packs. Thank you to everyone for meeting […]

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We are committed! Arts, culture and creativity in our schools

May 12, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

As we hit May full on, amidst the bank holidays and half term we are all running full steam ahead with our ambition that our children receive an education that is rich in the arts, design, cultural and creative activities. We are preparing for the RSA Academies’ Festival of Arts and Creativity, Artsfest, which arrives […]

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Mental pictures: applying joy and colour to a challenging issue

February 22, 2018 / Georgina Chatfield

This blog has been written by Melanie Andrews, Design Network Manager, RSA. It has also been posted on the RSA website. A recent exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, ‘Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?’ explored how communication design could be persuasive, shocking and perhaps even instrumental in healing. Last week, to coincide with Children’s Mental […]

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The Secret Gardeners’ Project: impact so far

April 12, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

We are at a point now where we were anticipating drawing The Secret Gardeners’ Project to a close. Silly us! The enthusiasm has not waned, external factors have played an instrumental role and of course, in April, the world is now starting to come to life. Whilst so much has been achieved, there also remains […]

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SEND and the arts: a Creative Gathering

March 22, 2017 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a guest blog written by Marcello Enea Newman, Creative Learning and Development Intern, RSA. This blog also appears on the RSA website. On January 24th at Impact Hub Birmingham, artists, teachers, and fellows from across the West Midlands came together for an experiential workshop of non-verbal theatre and a facilitated discussion on the […]

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#Dress4ourTime: a different form of learning

December 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

On Friday 27 November we held a special schools’ day interrogating and being inspired by ‘A Dress for our Time’ at St Pancras Station in London. Building on the relationship with the Helen Storey Foundation and the body of work produced by Prof Helen Storey MBE RDI which RSA schools have explored through the Field of […]

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The power to create: if not us, who? if not now, when?

September 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a guest blog written by Stephen Steinhaus, Vice Principal, Whitley Academy.   As part of the second annual RSA Academies’ Arts Day in July,Whitley Academy Vice Principal, Stephen Steinhaus and Upton Blues Festival Chairman, Oliver Carpenter, both working musicians in their own right, were asked to co-deliver a keynote “address” on the topic […]

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RSA Academies Arts Day 2015

July 10, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

‘Boop! Boop! We’ve got the power!’ sang a chorus of students from Ipsley CE RSA Academy, Arrow Vale RSA Academy and Whitley Academy to a packed house in the RSA’s Great Room. Joined by fellow students from Holyhead School and the RSA Academy, Tipton, the full family of RSA Academies undertook a dive into the […]

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