Artist Residency and Workshop Programme Across Primary and Secondary Schools

The Pulse programme was a bespoke innovative and outward-facing artist development and cultural learning programme involving a group of schools drawn from the four Northern Heartlands regions (Weardale, Teesdale, Bishop Auckland & Shildon and 3 Towns Area Action Partnerships) in collaboration with The Forge

Along with three experienced participatory artists taking part in the project, four emerging artists benefited from training and mentoring in participatory arts and have since gone on to contracts/commissions to develop and deliver other participatory arts programmes and projects; one of the participating artists has also successfully applied for Arts Council England funding.

The schools involved were:

Wearhead Primary
Butterknowle Primary
Parkside Academy
Cockfield Primary 

In total, 42 workshops were delivered to a total of 119 students.  Creative outputs from the participating schools included animation, e-zines, art and photography exhibitions.

 Animator Sheryl Jenkins and the children of Wearhead Primary explored the theme of “place” and created a delightful animation about a lost crocodile’s journey along the River Wear and a news bulletin following the sighting of a triangular purple shark also in the River Wear!

“The Lost Crocodile”

Wearhead News