The Change project is led by Mosaic and Batley Girls’ High School (see more about us here) in partnership with other schools in Batley and Birstall. Since starting in 2012 it has become an annual project and follows a similar format each year – artists run workshops with schools groups to create artwork inspired by the theme of ‘change’, and all the work comes together in an exhibition at Batley Art Gallery in the summer. You can see some of the wonderful work made by children and young people for past exhibitions, and some of the great feedback received, by visiting the 2016 Exhibition and 2015 Exhibition pages.
Over the past two years Change has focused on using Visual Arts activities to support young people’s Science learning. Inspired by our partnership with Cummins Turbo Technologies , in 2017 the project is focusing even more strongly on making STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) exciting and accessible, and on enthusing young people about the possibility of careers in the STEM field. Alongside, the project is also about enabling young people to enjoy new artistic experiences, experiment with being creative, and learn new artistic skills. Our hope is that young people will be inspired as both artists and scientists, and will enjoy discovering that there are lots of connections between the two.
14 groups from 13 different schools – a total of 380 participants aged 7-13 – have been taking part in Change 2017. In workshops during February and March led by our talented team of artists (Ammie Flexen, Craig Dyson, Fiona Goodwin and Jim Bond) groups explored Science Curriculum topics such as Light, Forces & Magnets, States of Matter and Electricity – lots of variety, great opportunities to explore what it means to ‘work scientifically’, and plenty of scope to be imaginative and creative.
Groups and artists have been recording their creative experiments and journeys by adding updates to their individual project pages. We hope you’ll enjoy looking at all their stories, photos and feedback – click on the individual school names to the right, or go to 2017 Projects