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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.

Monday
Mar262018

Produce and Progress Programme Supports Two Trainees

Pedestrian are delighted to share that their programme, Produce and Progress, is supporting two young trainees to achieve an NCFE accredited qualification.

Young people at Aim Higher making music

The two trainees are working towards an NCFE Level 3 Education and Training (EAT) qualification, which they will achieve by attending training sessions with a tutor and completing course assignments, as well as putting their learning into practice by assisting with the delivery of programme activities and gaining experience of facilitating and leading workshops.  The accredited training has been lead by seasoned Pedestrian tutor Dean Leivers, who is supporting the trainees to "learn the ropes as freelance creative practitioners on Pedestrian workshops."

 Produce and Progress is funded by BBC Children In Need, and involves delivering workshops based around various creative activities to three groups of young people.  The young people have been working with professional artists, musicians and video producers to create their own lyrics, poetry, videos and music and to learn a range of creative skills. They have also had the opportunity to complete criteria from the Arts Award, which will help them to achieve the Discover and/or Bronze qualifications.

On Tuesday evenings we engage with Aim Higher, a talented and enthusiastic SEN/D group based in Oakham, Rutland.  They are currently working hard to create an album of music, which they will launch with a performance on Wednesday 4th April at the Oakham Music Extravaganza.

Young people at Aim Higher enjoying music

 We were at the Youth Education Project (YEP) on Wednesday afternoons in Leicester, hosting young urban music makers.  Here the young people have been working on a cross-artform project using poetry, artwork, music and rap to create a track and printed zine.  The zine will be launched on Saturday 21st April as an e-product.

Monday afternoons are spent at Marriott Primary School in Leicester's Saffron Lane, where we run an after-school club called Future Film.  During these sessions the children use film techniques to create vlogs and short films exploring their plans for the future.  Their work will be shared at a special assembly on Monday 26th April.

The aim of the workshops is to increase the communication and negotiation skills of the participants, as well as their self-confidence, self-belief, team-working skills and ability to form a cohesive group to work towards and achieve shared goals.  Tutor Dean says: "The great thing about the Produce and Progress project is the variety of participants we’re working with and also the range of art forms that they are getting to experience during the sessions... there is plenty for us as practitioners to get excited about.  The sessions are also a great example for our trainees of the types of varied contracts and opportunities that are possible when working as a freelancer with Pedestrian."

Pedestrian would like to thank our funder BBC Children In Need as well as our partners at Marriott Primary School, YEP and Aim Higher.  We look forward to our continued working relationship.

Friday
Mar232018

Living Legacies: Spoken Word Films Celebrate Leicester Landmarks

Pedestrian are pleased to share three filmed spoken-word performances which were created as part of our Living Legacies project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The films were created by three different groups: young parents from Highfields, residents of The Y and young people attending the Transgender Centre of Excellence at Leicester LGBT Centre.  Each group was matched with a professional spoken-word artist who helped them to create, perform and film a spoken-word piece telling the story of three heritage sites in Leicester.

 The first short film, featuring poet Jess Green, tells the story of Leicester market place and the life of suffragette Alice Hawkins, whose statue was recently erected in New Market Square.

 

 

The second film features performer Jenny Hibberd and celebrates the Clock Tower, a famous Leicester landmark and symbol of the city.

 

 

The third and final film tells the story of Top Hat Terrace, a lesser-known landmark that is significant in Leicester's history because it was built by and dedicated to Francis 'Tanky' Smith, Leicester's first police detective and later famous private detective who is said to have been the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.  The busts on the facade of the building show Tanky in his various disguises, which he used to infiltrate Leicester's criminal gangs and obtain incriminating evidence.

 

 

The above videos have been created and shared online thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, and exist to celebrate the groups' achievements and Leicester city's diverse heritage.  We would like to thank our funder Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as our partners at The Y, Leiecster LGBT Centre and the young parent's group from Highfields.