Watch this Space 7

Watch this Space 7 placements took place between September and December 2010.

The projects had a focus on the delivery of the new Key Stage 3 curriculum with an emphasis on Cross-Curricular working and creative learning; working with primary schools across the curriculum through engagement with contemporary art; Work-Related Learning; promoting crafts in schools; working with Initial Teacher Trainees to embed gallery learning into their practice.

Teacher Placement scheme

Twelve art galleries from across England hosted 16 teachers who had not previously visited and four initial teacher trainees, introducing them and their students to approaches to working with contemporary art in the gallery and in school.

mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) and the Shipley Art Gallery hosted trainee teachers from Northumbria University’s PGCE Art and Design programme who, alongside their mentor teachers, used the craft collections of the two galleries as a basis for their work. The ICA hosted a trainee from the University of East London PGCE Art and Design Programme and Shire Hall gallery worked with a trainee on the Graduate Teacher Programme alongside their partner teacher.

The other host galleries participating in Watch this Space 7 were: Plymouth Arts Centre; Essex University Gallery; Newlyn/Exchange, Cornwall; The Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent; Arts Centre Washington, Tyne and Wear; Lighthouse, Brighton; and CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World), Exeter.

Gallery educator and artist placement scheme

Eleven early career artist educators and gallery educators spent three days observing practice in schools which regularly use galleries to gain knowledge of the curriculum and how gallery visits impact on classroom teaching. They attended three days’ training with Engage and delivered a gallery-based education experience to students from their host schools. An additional three days’ funding enabled them to produce a project report and evaluate their experience.

The artists and educators involved in this strand of the programme were freelance practitioners or were employed by The Hepworth, Wakefield; Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol; Arts Admin, London; Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Artsway, Hampshire; Rufford Country Park, Nottingham, Solihull Gallery, Solihull.