Is the lockdown helping us realise the value of art and creativity?
One of the first changes we could see in public as a result of the lockdown were rainbows going up in windows. Created by children to support the NHS and care workers, these little bursts of joy created instant community on our streets. Families came to together to express compassion with a symbol of hope. […]See more
Year 1 artworks: we were born to stand out not to fit in
One term in on the Contemporary Art Space Project We are now nearly at Spring half term and mostly on schedule! Working in partnership with Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts) we have all the vital elements now in place, Josie Reichert, director of Ort Gallery in Birmingham appointed as curator, and three artists, […]See more
Mental pictures: applying joy and colour to a challenging issue
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 […]See more
The Secret Gardeners’ Project: impact so far
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 […]See more
‘Arts and creativity’ and ‘world beyond school’ commitments
As part of the evolving journey of RSA Academies and our relationship with our schools and the communities they serve, we have been exploring our ‘distinctiveness’ and asking, ‘what makes an RSA school?’ As a considered response to this we have created two school-wide ‘commitments’; one that relates to the arts, creativity and cultural education […]See more
#Dress4ourTime: a different form of learning
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 […]See more
The power to create: if not us, who? if not now, when?
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 […]See more