Saturday, 27 February 2010

Generation Gap on Teaching -Listen online

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.
The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.
Kevin Madden started teaching in a Catholic, inner-city Manchester boys' school in 1945. His grandson Patrick McMahon has just started teaching in a mainly moslem school in Rochdale. They discuss the changing nature of respect between pupils and teachers and how schools have reflected wider society.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Creative Use of ICT in Schools:

I would like to share  a small project of one of my Change Schools New Invention Junior School:

Stop Press our eggs have hatched!… view the chicks on web cam at:

follow the Egg Cam link on the main menu to view our chicks.

An invitation to theatre practitioners in Birmingham and the West Midlands to meet informally with experienced creative producers, directors and programmers for free impartial advice, support and exchange.

"On Call"

‘On Call’ has been developed as an action research project following the mid*point 'Challenge of Change' event in November 2009. For more information about ‘On Call’ and the people taking part:, click Theatre ‘Bob’ and follow the comments at the bottom. Or Facebook group: ‘The Challenge of Change: On Call
Please email to raise a question with a specific person or just turn up on the day
Thursday 25th Feb

5.30pm – 7.30pm Birmingham Rep Cafe Bar
Geraldine Collinge (Creative producer and programmer: project development, artist development) , Gary Roskell (Chief Executive: funding, governance, running a company and a charity)

Tuesday 2nd March
11.00am – 1pm Urban Coffee Co, Church Street, Birmingham
Helga Henry (Producer, facilitator and executive director: company development, fundraising, governance, training, local and regional networks), Paul Warwick (Director: artist development, artistic development, creative processes) Orit Azaz (Director and facilitator: creative processes and collaboration; site and context specific; partnerships)

Tuesday 9th March
11am – 1pm Hudsons Coffee House, Colmore Row, Birmingham
Laura McDermott (Creative producer/programmer: artist development, creation of new work, planning and programming festivals and seasons within a venue ), Louisa Davies (Producer and programmer: fundraising, touring, artist development and marketing), Steve Ball (Producer and programmer: Work for young people, statutory and charitable fundraising, international brokering; local and regional networks )

Tuesday 9th March
5.30pm – 7.30pm Birmingham Rep Cafe Bar
Noel Dunne (Producer specialising in creativity and learning: collaborations between artists, communities and agencies; partnership building; fundraising and project management); Jenny Stephens (Theatre director, writer and radio producer: new writing and development, board development and actor training);Elizabeth Tomlin (Lecturer in drama: setting up companies, getting profile, advice on practice based PhDs and university study, playwrights)

Thursday 11th March
5.30pm meet at Birmingham Rep then go for something to eat
Amanda Roberts (Producer and Programmer: artist and company development, making things happen, collaborative approaches, fundraising, programming, project management);  Janet Vaughan (Artistic Director and Designer: artist development, creative processes, making connections - Red Teapot) Pippa Frith(Project manager and programmer: getting started and making things happen in Birmingham and the region)

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Looking for Work Experience with BBC?

Opportunity for young people 16-24 to volunteer for the event in Stafford.
Deadline: 14.March 2010

Sunday, 7 February 2010

West Midlands Mantle of the Expert Network

West Midlands Mantle of the Expert Network
Our next meeting:
"Holistic Methods of Assessment in Mantle of the Expert"
How do we assess significant learning in our classrooms? Can we find more creative methods of assessment?
In this meeting, we will explore together current thinking about informative assessment, and how to apply it in practice as we work in Mantle of the Expert. The session will be led by David Allen and Iona Towler-Evans, who have recently worked together on methods of assessment at Grimley and Holt Primary School.
Date: Thursday 4th March, 4.15pm - 6pm
Venue: Newman University College, Genners Lane, Birmingham B32 3NT
This event is free to network members. Please book your place by 2nd March (5pm).
 For more information & membership contact:

Friday, 5 February 2010

Invitation to Exhibition


Dear All,

Please find above the invitation for a Year 13 exhibition titled "12'. Students from Heath Park Business & Enterprise College Wolverhampton have worked withRos Ingram and Katy Barton on a Creative Partnerships project in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton to produce  work using glass, ceramics and textiles.

The private view is to be held on Friday 12th February, 3pm-5pm.
The exhibition will be displayed during the week of 15.2-19.2.2010  Open from 9am-5pm

We would be delighted to welcome you to the private view.

Plaese come along and hope you enjoy the work.

Kind regards,

Jess Dawes, Teacher of Art and Design & Iris Bertz Creative Agent

Heath Park Business and Enterprise College
01902 556360

Artist Opportunity: mac-lab

Monday 5th April until Saturday 10th April 2010

mac invites applications from artists in all disciplines to apply for an intensive lab based residency at our new facilities in Birmingham. We want to hear from artists that are interested in working outside of their normal practice or 'safe' area.  Open to any form of practice - we want applications from musicians, film-makers, visual artists, performers, live artists, photographers, digital media practitioners and anyone working across media.

There will be eight places available to artists resident or working in the West Midlands region and two places for artists located in other UK regions. Successful applicants will have a supported opportunity to make new work within mac's new studios. They will have access to digital media equipment, space and first rate artist facilitators, providing a challenging and supportive environment.

The closing date for proposals is 5pm on Monday 15 February 2010. Please contact Craig for more details:

Craig Ashley

Producer (Visual Arts)

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
T: 0121 446 3224