17 April 2008
Seven months on from my last posting about the programme we are looking forward to the Centre’s soft opening in July, followed by the official launch in the autumn. We want to ‘curate’ the programme far more than we have in the past, encouraging teams to work together on four to six major events each year. In the autumn we have the Sackler launch over three days in October as well as a weekend relating to our Cold War Modern exhibition (design from 1945 to 1970) in December. At the moment we are meeting every two weeks to review different aspects of the programme such as the digital and diversity elements as well as seasons and themes.
The Schools, Families and Young People’s team have three main programme strands – Create! for young people, Free Art Fun for families and Design Lab for schools. Staff previously in the Social Inclusion and Diversity teams have been working closely with their new colleagues to develop both an inclusion strand to our young people’s programme, and a Family Festivals strand to Free Art Fun, as well as reviewing our backpacks from a diversity and inclusion perspective. The family programme staff are also developing our brand new Drop-in Design programme, which will replace the existing activity cart.
The Adults, Students and Social Inclusion team have an exciting programme of large-scale events including an ethical fashion day, and a very extensive programme of courses and conferences. The new studio facilities have enabled us to launch a brand-new workshop programme featuring masterclasses with our resident practitioners as well as practical art and design courses. Income-generation through ticket sales is important to finance other aspects of the programme so we’re looking at new term-long courses on subjects such as the history of jewellery and fashion. The team is also running events for mental health service users and has taken on the disability talks programme from the Access officer. In terms of access we are also going to be offering sign interpretation and other support to enable more people to enjoy the main programme, so for example some of our Friday night talks will have BSL interpretation.
The Digital team have been focussing on adults, students and young people, looking at some large-scale drop in events as well as courses and workshops. They have been running a series of pilot events which are helping them explore different ways of delivering digital events in the Sackler Centre as well as trialling some of the activities themselves. These activities have thrown up some interesting issues, such as the logistics of moving from the current situation of having a person or family working one to one with an artist/facilitator to a situation where the facilitator will have to work with four or five people or families at once. The Digital team will also be working closely with the other learning teams, for example on the Create! programme, the Cold War Modern weekend and October half term events.
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