Holly Blythman is Creative Learning Assistant at ARC Stockton. In her blog, Holly reflects on being part of the More Stuff Like This Please! Programme and shares what she has noticed about the impact of creative activities on care experienced children and young people.
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Pat Petrie is Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy (CUSP) and is Blue Cabin’s forever mentor, guide and critical friend. Here she explains more about the word ‘pedagogue’ and describes how the Learning Framework for Artist Pedagogues came to be. Read More
Our Director, Adam Kent shares his thoughts on partnership building, trust and the importance of being brave when it comes to innovation. Read More
In her blog, Don’t worry about mistakes, no-one will notice if you keep smiling!, Carol Bowden (Programme Leader Sage Gateshead), reflects on facilitating Early Years Music Making Training training as part of our More Stuff Like This Please! Programme.
More Stuff Life This Please! is a 2-year programme, funded by Culture Bridge North East and Stockton Borough Council, delivered in partnership by ARC Stockton (lead partner), Stockton Borough Council and Blue Cabin.
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In his blog, When the storm blows there are those who build shelters, and others who build wind turbines, Thure Johansen, explores the grey area between the artist pedagogy tradition and the dynamic nature of social pedagogy, and how this has been an exciting and reaffirming personal and professional journey for him. Read More
Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, another key area of focus for our organisation has been the ongoing development of partnerships. This has included our More Stuff Like This Please! Programme, in partnership with ARC Stockton and Stockton Borough Council. Here, Jane Gray, shares her thoughts about partnership working. Read More
Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, another key area of focus for our organisation has been the development of the South Tyneside Programme with South Tyneside Council, Child Trauma Intervention Services, Supanaught and a thoughtful, skilled and generous group of Associate Artists. Nicola Golightly, shares her thoughts on this work and all that it means to her. Read More
Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, another key areas of focus for our organisation is the development of new partnerships. The South Tyneside Programme is a fantastic example of this. Here, our wonderful Board Member Dawn Williams, explains more. Read More
Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, we have identified some key areas of focus for our organisation - one of which is training for artists and arts managers. Here, Jenny Young (Director), tells us more about this. Read More
I was given the opportunity to enable Harewood Hill Lodge to become a creative care home. I wanted this to develop the young people as artists in whatever field they decided and for the staff to develop themselves as arts leaders. By becoming arts leaders they would have a ‘toolkit’ of essential resources to support the children and young people. Read More
Personally, I’ve enjoyed the creative sessions we have had as a staff group, creating the story bag of A Squash and a Squeeze, and the earlier sessions at ‘Scrap Studio Arts’ with artist Yvonne Preston. The skill of using a sewing machine still eludes me, however it was fun trying! Read More
Arts Award has made me enjoy the challenge of looking at different ways that I and other staff are able to get the young people to participate and have the opportunity of enjoying arts/music in its’ many different themes. The Arts Award has made me look at creative ways that the young people can explore art projects and have the opportunity to participate irrespective of their disabilities. Read More
We are Linda and Katy and we are both enthusiastic about our work at a residential setting for children with learning and physical disabilities. Our role is to nurture and care for the young people who use our service so that they are able to reach their full potential. We love to support our young people to be a part of the wider community and experience events and activities across the North East…and stop for the occasional coffee, cake and burger along the way (and don’t forget the ice-cream!) Read More
I’m Jane; I’m a dark chocolate lover, period drama fan and an arts project manager. I’m sometimes referred to by people as the Arts Award Lady, and I’m very happy indeed to be known as that. I love Arts Award, for all sorts of reasons; one of them is getting to know, and work alongside fantastic Advisers. Read More
We are so very excited to be working in partnership with Stockton Borough Council and Arc to develop a creative programme for looked after children and young people. Read More
A Creative Dialogue: arts and culture, the common third in social pedagogy - we were delighted to be asked to contribute to this event in Northern Ireland in September 2017. Read More
The wonderful Navigator North asked us if we would like to use one of their Empty Shops (in the Cornmill Centre, Darlington), for our Head, Heart, Hands project - we said yes (of course) and then had approx 4 days to fill it!
To have a look through more photos of the exhibition, check our our gallery. Read More
Blue Cabin Associate Jane Gray, and Board Member Marc Jones, traveled to Edinburgh in November 2016 to attend the Fostering Network's Head, Heart, Hands conference. Here, Jane and Marc share reflections from their trip. Read More