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Friday
Oct262018

Pedestrian Business Plan

Pedestrian are delighted to unveil our new Business Plan!  Including goals for the next 10 years as well as our strategy from now until 2021, the plan will help to steer the organisation and ensure that we stay on target.

Please click this link to download and read Pedestrian's 2018 Business Plan.

 

 

Wednesday
Oct032018

Saturday Art Club

We're pleased to share that we're currently delivering free music and art sessions at our workshop space in Leicester city centre as part of our Saturday Art Club.

The sessions are aimed at 11 - 14 year olds, allowing them access to participatory activity led by creative professionals teaching the basics in:

- Turntablism
- Music Production
- Photography
- Music Software

The dates and times of the remaining sessions are:

Saturday 6th October :: 1pm - 3pm
Saturday 13th October :: 1pm - 3pm
Saturday 20th October :: 1pm - 3pm
Saturday 27th October :: 1pm - 3pm

 

The sessions are completely free and there is no need to book - just show up on the day!  They will be delivered at the following address:

29A Horsefair Street

Leicester

LE1 5BP

If you would like more information or to get in touch with a staff member please email info@pedestrian.info.  You can also check out our Facebook event to keep up to date on delivery, as some of the details above may vary depending on which Tutors are delivering that day.

Join us on Saturdays for heaps of creative fun!

Friday
Jul272018

Practitioners On Our Concept Programme Undertake Training To Help Support Looked After Children

Creative practitioners who are helping us to deliver our Concept music programme had a fantastic time on Monday 2nd July 2018, when they worked with Juliet Whitfield and Steve Bond of Bullfrog Arts to understand life as a Looked After Child and learn ways of supporting young people in challenging circumstances through music-making.


 Juliet is an experienced creator of inspirational music projects and co-founder of Bullfrog Arts, a specialist music education organisation working with Looked After Children.  Steve is a qualified social worker, with 30 years' experience as practitioner, manager and senior in services for Looked After Children.  Steve is a freelance associate for Bullfrog Arts, supporting carers and other professionals to increase their understanding of the impact of early childhood trauma on attachment and emotional development for children in care.


Attendees of the training session were guided through a range of key factors impacting upon the life of a Looked After Child, including the impact of early childhood trauma, attachment theory and the secure base model, the impact of trauma upon brain development, and understanding the behaviour of some Looked After Children. We were able to discuss the emotional and physical benefits of using music with Looked After Children, and to look at how we can apply this in our work with children and young people in a range of challenging circumstances.  

 

After a delicious meal together at our host venue Peter Pizzeria, the Concept Music team were able to reflect on our work so far and then develop some great ideas to help the project progress and take the creative work forward.  One of the attendees said: 'I feel that the training will now give me a greater awareness and intuition about the needs of individual young people as well as equipping me to deal with the needs of someone who is a Looked After Child'.

Our Music Leaders said 'I didn't realise how powerful music and singing can be in helping Looked After Children learn new skills and develop skills they may already have, with this new knowledge I will have a greater understanding of how to support the children'.

 

 After completing the training session about Looked After Children the creative practitioners then had the chance to experience Taiko drumming and learn some new techniques for group music-making which they can then employ during their delivery on the Concept project.

 

 

Concept is an inclusive music project lead by Pedestrian, the programme is based around a week-long studio residency with an ethos of artists and young people as collaborators and co-producers of an original EP with a shared concept, character or theme.  During the young people have the oppotunity to complete an Arts Award Bronze level qualification.

 

Our thanks go to our funders Youth Music and The Wesleyan Foundation, as well as Juliet, Steve and all our Music Leaders for working together to share knowledge and expand our understanding of how we can support the young people we work with.

Monday
Jul232018

Summer School is in Session!

Pedestrian opened its doors this morning for the first week of our free Summer School for 8-14 year olds, funded by BBC Children in Need.

 

Three weeks of activity will be delivered in total over the summer break; with a week each for music, photography/media and visual arts respectively.  Young people will be engaged at Pedestrian's premises on Horsefair Street in Leicester city centre and will be guided in their learning by our experienced and knowledgeable Tutors, who are themselves practicing creative professionals.

 

The activity will be delivered from 10am - 2pm each day on the following dates:

23rd - 27th July 2018: Music

6th - 10th August 2018: Photography/media

20th - 24th August 2018: Visual arts

 

The schedule includes a supervised lunch break at 12 noon with a free lunch included, as always we will endeavour to accomodate any special dietary requirements.

 

For more information and to book your place, please email summer@pedestrian.info

Monday
Apr162018

Pedestrian Succeeds In Securing Grant From Arts Council England

Pedestrian are pleased to share that we have been awarded a grant of £13,850 by Arts Council England as part of the last ever round of their Grants For The Arts funding programme.  The funding will support 'Sowing The Seeds', a 9-month long artist development programme which aims to train participatory artists in Leicester and Nottinghamshire to deliver workshops the Pedestrian way.

'Sowing The Seeds' is designed to develop emerging participatory arts practitioners and engage young people with low cultural capital.  It will be delivered in two areas identified as social mobility coldspots, supporting and working alongside existing high-quality arts venues and organisations.

There are two distinct phases of the project: Sowing and Growing, which will each run in Leicester and then repeat in Mansfield, north Nottinghamshire.  In the Sowing phase, up to forty artists will access four sessions of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  During the sessions they will:

  • Explore the needs of young people in disadvantaged circumstances
  • Learn how best to promote the artistic and personal development of disadvantaged young people
  • Learn to plan and design workshops, as well as how to reflect and evaluate
  • Learn about safeguarding and data handling best practice
  • Develop regional sector knowledge alongside core knowledge of self-employment issues
  • Explore the possibilities of mentoring other professionals and the skills they will need to develop to do this

At the end of the Sowing phase, two artists will be offered the chance to participate in the Growing phase of delivery as trainees.  The Growing phase will comprise of exciting, inspiring and engaging activity with young people, delivered over ten weeks in areas identified as social mobility coldspots in the 2017 Social Mobility Commission State Of The Nation report.  Sessions will be lead by experienced artists, who are skilled at drawing out artisitic responses from the young people they engage with.  The activity will be accredited via the Arts Award Bronze framework, ensuring that participants develop new creative skills, knowledge and understanding.  This will enable personal progression in a range of art forms, including music, visual art, photography, craft, performance art and creative writing.  The artforms will be chosen based upon the interests of the participants, with artists engaged to meet the need for specific skills and knowledge.