Brian Bishop
Brian Bishop

This is the Culture of Coventry

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This season we’re busier than ever – but the programme reaches far beyond our front door. In the latest of our autumn season blogs, Education Director Brian Bishop reveals what else we’re up to, out and about in Coventry.

There’s always so much more to our programme than what you see in the What’s On section of the website or our season brochure. The job of the Education Department is not only to bring schools into the building but to get out and about Coventry, involving young people in in-depth and exciting cultural activities. The autumn season is going to be a very busy one outside the building!

Bank On It will keep us busy for a fortnight with schools. Not just welcoming children to our secret city centre building but offering them puppet making and theatre making workshops where they can build on their experience with Theatre Rites to make their own artistic work for sharing – a key plank in the work of the Education Department.

We’ll also be bringing five hundred 5 & 6 year olds on to campus to look at, talk about and be inspired by many of the sculptures and paintings that make up the University of Warwick Art Collection Their experience on campus will be taken back into school where they will work with professional artists to make their own work for permanent display in a central space in their own building. A legacy for the future of their school.

Our Boys Dancing project will be sending a team of dance artists into Coventry primary, secondary and special schools to build with groups of lads a new large scale dance performance that will take place in the Butterworth Hall in the new year. This will be the seventh year of Boys Dancing in city schools – a central cultural activity for many of them.

We’re hoping that many of these groups will also be able to come to the Arts Centre in November to be inspired by Nobulus and their renowned hip-hop theatre piece Out of the Shadow. Opportunities to see shows like these, we’re sure, will excite and grip many young people whether they are part of an Arts Centre project or not.