Project Imaginate – artists in schools

Info below taken from Imaginate website

In May 2016 we brought five x P7 classes together with some of the very best artists, to explore the themes of friendship and facing life changes, in particular moving up to secondary school.

Each class worked intensively with two artists for a week, talking about these themes and exploring their feelings about leaving primary school. They then created their own artistic response and performed it to their wider school community. All five schools were also included in the project film made by Jassy Earl:

Project Imaginate Film

Project Imaginate Trailer

Project Imaginate culminated with a class visit to Imaginate Festival to see Katie’s Birthday Party by Mary-Frances Doherty which explored the same themes.

The teachers involved in the project attended two CPD sessions, the second one of which was attended by all the project teachers, artists, organisers and filmmakers for a joint session to plan together and discuss the artistic possibilities for each class.

Project Imaginate was a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council (Arts & Creative Learning team), Imaginate and five schools: Colinton PS, Prestonfield PS, Redhall School, Sighthill PS and St Catherine’s RC PS.

Lorna Macdonald, Principal Officer Creative Learning of City of Edinburgh Council said:
“I am thrilled that five Edinburgh schools are taking forward Project Imaginate as this opens the door to quality, creative learning for their pupils but also for the teachers and the artists involved.  Strong partnerships between school staff and artists mean that the collaborative planning ensures meaningful and open ended learning that is also professional learning hence the skills remain in the schools to continue beyond the project. I know that all involved over the next few weeks are in for an unforgettable experience and I cannot wait to see what each school’s response is…”

Project Imaginate residencies:

Colinton PS worked with Caitlin Skinner and Margaita Vazquez Ponte

Prestonfield PS worked with Xana Marwick and Zoe Hedge (and volunteer Mercy Cumings)

Redhall School worked with Greg Sinclair and Jassy Earl

Sighthill PS worked with Caitlin Skinner and Marga Vazquez Ponte

St Catherine’s RC PS worked with Lou Brodie and Zoe Hedge

The filmmakers for Project Imaginate were Jassy Earl, Marga Vazquez Ponte and Beth Chalmers.

“It is rare that schools are so enthusiastic about a project that they take a class nearly completely off timetable, but that’s exactly what has happened with Project Imaginate. So I’m really looking forward to having a whole week with the P7 classes to go beyond what can be achieved in a workshop, and create new material we’re proud to show back to the school. I also love the mix of artists working on this project, whose skills range from photography to live performance, so I think there is going to be some really innovative and varied work to see at the end of each week.” Zoe Hedge, Project Imaginate artist