Walsall MBC (Walsall for All) - Lead Partner
Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy - Lead School
Baz Chapman - Programme Manager
We completed the first phase of WAFA in Autumn 2021, with fantastic commitment from schools and artists to work through the challenges of Covid. Phase 1 focused entirely on visual arts, and culminated in an outstanding Celebration Event for the schools at Darlaston Town Hall from 30 November to 2 December 2021.
Have a look around our images from the exhibition here.
Walsall Arts for All is a 2-year programme which seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of children & young people in Walsall, using the arts as a way to help build understanding between different cultures and communities in this richly diverse area. There are 14 Walsall schools involved in the programme, each of whom has been paired up with another school from a different part of Walsall. The school pair is then given funding to commission a professional artist, who will work with the children & young people across the two schools to explore the programme theme, create an original piece of art in both schools, and find creative ways to connect children & young people across schools.
We know that the arts (music, drama, dance, visual art, etc) can be a brilliant way to build understanding about the world around us. The arts are also inclusive and sociable activities, and can help children & young people engage with learning, by being inspired by professional artists, and by discovering and developing their talents.
Walsall Arts for All is a programme of the Walsall Cultural Education Partnership, with investment from Arts Connect and Walsall for All, which is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.
Participating schools and artists:
Abbey Primary & Delves Junior & Infants working with Claire Witcomb on Friendship Walls
Blue Coat Junior & Infants & Watling Street Primary working with Henrietta Ellis and Celia Houghton on Landmarks that Link Us
Christ Church CE Primary & Salisbury Primary working with Rachel Jennings on Dream as if you will Live Forever
Pinfold Street Primary & St Anne's Catholic Primary working with Claire Leggett on Who Are We?
Rosedale Infants & St Joseph's Catholic Primary working with Claire Witcomb on Beyond My Wildest Dreams
Aldridge School & Ormiston Shelfield Academy working with David Brown & Matt Reeves on Street Art
Blue Coat CE Academy & Bloxwich Academy working with Good Wives & Warriors on So Different but So Similar