Teacher Placement scheme
Between September 2009 and January 2010 ten contemporary art galleries from across England hosted 15 teachers who did not currently visit and five initial teacher trainees, introducing them and their students to approaches to working with contemporary art in the gallery and in school.
The projects delivered involved a focus on the delivery of the new Key Stage 3 curriculum, with an emphasis on cross-curricular working and creative learning; the delivery of the Diploma in Creative and Media and the role of galleries in providing opportunities for work-related learning; working with primary schools across the curriculum through engagement with contemporary art.
The Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art hosted Diploma teachers and one trainee teacher from the first teacher training course for the Diploma in Creative and Media at University of Sunderland. The John Hansard Gallery, at the University of Southampton hosted two primary teacher trainees and their mentor teachers and The Lady Lever Art Gallery hosted two teachers and two secondary trainees from Liverpool John Moores University.
The other galleries participating in Watch this Space 6 were Derby Quad, James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, MIMA, Modern Art Oxford, Orleans House Gallery, South London Gallery, and Spacex.
Gallery educator and artist placement scheme
Ten 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 of 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 and came from Burton Museum and Art Gallery, Devon; Craft Central, London; Derby Quad; the Embroiderers Guild; The Malthouse, Space Studios, London; Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts; Urbis, Manchester.