The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the charity behind the success of the annual Shakespeare Week celebration for primary school children, is expanding its education outreach programme with the introduction of a new Shakespeare Hub Schools project in Bristol. Six local schools will receive exciting, creative learning experiences delivered by commissioned arts professionals to provide children with fun and meaningful experiences of Shakespeare.
The children are working with Bristol-based artists Graft to create murals and graffiti artworks inspired by The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet, alongside drama workshops delivered by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.
Schools taking part are - Sea Mills Primary School, Bannerman Road Community Academy, St. Barnabas CofE Primary School, May Park Primary School, St Werburgh’s Primary School, and Shirehampton Primary School.
The scheme is delivered free to schools by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and supported by Arts Council England. So far, nine hubs have been established across England with over 50 primary schools among the first to benefit. By 2021 there will be 12 hubs across the country, providing opportunities for over 20,000 children to develop their own creativity inspired by their encounters with Shakespeare. It also provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for teachers, including specialist training led by experts at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in partnership with creative practitioners, and the delivery of Arts Awards.
Jacqueline Green, head of learning and participation at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “As the UK’s cultural and creative hub, Bristol was a natural choice for us to bring Shakespeare to life in artistic ways for local children, some of whom may not have had opportunities to learn about his wonderful stories, language and heritage. By working with schools and cultural partners to deliver these creative learning experiences, we are enabling children to express their creativity and fulfill their potential."
The Shakespeare Hub schools will be showcasing their work during Shakespeare Week (16-22 March), and this year’s national celebrations will embrace the theme of art and design. On 16 March, the children will help launch Shakespeare Week at SS Great Britain with a performance of The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet against a colourful graffiti-inspired backdrop.
For more information see www.shakespeareweek.org.uk.