Historic Craft Skills Outreach

Our outreach programme, developed with the support of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, offers secondary school and sixth form college teachers and their students (aged 16+) the opportunity to participate in a range of activities. These include open days for teachers at the Art School, historic carving career talks and presentations within local schools and opportunities for young people (18+) to apply for grant funded places on our Summer School short courses for a taste of studying carving and conservation.

We also offer special school visits to our annual London Craft Week event which usually takes place in May each year. Students learn about the ancient practices of wood and stone carving, making paints from natural pigments, and gilding. We run demonstrations, talks and live carving competitions, and visitors are encouraged to try their hand at stone carving and other activities.

Nationally and internationally the craft and heritage sector is chronically short of expert historic carvers and conservators, particularly those specialised in object conservation and restoration. We want to see professionals in this field from a wide range of backgrounds to ensure a diverse and robust industry.

If you are a teacher and would like to book an activity, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Natasha Hastings, Development & External Relations Manager, at n.hastings@cityandguildsartschool.ac.uk. .

We are always looking to develop new projects and collaborations and welcome the chance to discuss ideas with teachers and other professionals working with young people.

The Art School thanks Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, for their generous support of this initiative.


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