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December 2017

Find below a list of stories added over the last month. Sometimes we have stories posted that have very short lead-times. Please accept our apologies for anything where the deadline has passed. You can make contact with the organisation to see when they are next running their event / training course etc. or you can subscribe to our RSS feed to keep up to date. If you can't view this email properly you can view it on the website


Lewisham School term dates for the academic year 2017/18



Join Sound Connections to delve deeper into the extraordinary role that music and the arts can play in positively affecting health and wellbeing of babies, children in early childhood, and parents and carers.

Market place events are a perfect opportunity for organisations and volunteers to be in the same room, at the same time and to get the 'volunteering ball rolling'.

Freelancers Breakfast Club


Freelancers working in arts education or participatory arts who live/work in Lewisham - dates for your diaries


News Story

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A new briefing published jointly today by the Cultural Learning Alliance and Nesta sets out the need to shift the policy focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by adding the A of arts – turning STEM into STEAM.

Join Lewisham Council and LEAN on the 8th February 2018 to develop a collective vision for children and young people’s cultural education in the borough.

Last week the government published it's Industrial Strategy White Paper, recognising the important economic role of the creative industries but failing to identify that the drop in creative education threatens the growth of the arts and wider economy. 



Kensington Palace are looking for Art teachers to take part in a focus group to help shape a new KS5 learning programme based on their fashion collection.

GLYPT (Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre) are offering 3x artist residencies at The Tramshed in Woolwich between Jan and March 2018 for companies and artists aged 18-29.

London Bubble is a community based theatre company based in South East London. They make theatre involving people of all ages aiming to build community, develop wellbeing and create dynamic and involving new theatre.

The Cockayne - Grants for the Arts fund

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 19 December at 12pm.

They are looking for a curator with knowledge of art and experience of working with children in a gallery context.

Professional Development

In partnership with the Foundation for Social Improvement, Voluntary Action Lewisham is offering a day of fundraising workshops in New Cross for registered charities, CICs and voluntary/community groups.

This is an interactive workshop provide participants with an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of project management.

CPD: Movement and Messy Play for Early Years


This course gives staff the tools to provide sessions which use movement, physical expression and dance together with messy and creative play to enable children to explore their bodies and their imaginations.


CPD: Drama for Non-Specialists in the Primary Classroom: Literacy


This course will explore using active drama strategies to develop and enhance children’s learning in the classroom, with a focus on the teaching of literacy (developing reading; story-making; poetry; speaking and listening). Includes an opportunity for curriculum planning.


This is an interactive workshop provide participants with an understanding of key sales techniques, verbal skills to carry out these techniques and how to implement these techniques to sell your charity to funders, volunteers and supporters.

 CPD: Outdoor Adventures for Early Years


Participants will take part in a series of hands-on activities that develop creative practices with children in outdoor spaces. The day will follow children’s lines of enquiry, using drama and storytelling to explore the outdoors (gardens, parks, woods), meet mini-beasts and create outdoor learning environments.

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the concept of ‘outcomes thinking’ – where the focus is less on what charities do and more on why they do what they do, and what they’re seeking to achieve.


Lewisham's Arts and Resilience Community of Practice compiled a Toolkit for those who are interested in how arts practice can build resilience in young people

How can a range of cultural/youth organisations work together to change cultural engagement and a sense of cultural entitlement in Bellingham children and young people?