Project information

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Summer School

Summer School is a hugely successful initiative first launched in 2013 which supports creative learning through a range of innovative artist led workshops in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham.

July 2015 - September 2015

Charity information: The Legacy List

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  • Need

    Need

    Although a number of transitional summer schools do exist in east London, the vast majority fail to recognise the importance, or simply lack the resources to incorporate art and creativity into their programmes, instead choosing to focus mainly on improving literacy and numeracy skills. This problem is addressed in our Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Summer School, which focuses specifically on transition, contemporary art and creative learning activities.

    Solution

    The programme has three main aims. It seeks to provide opportunities for children to learn about contemporary art, both through hands-on activities, and through meeting artists. It aims to facilitate the children’s transition from primary to secondary school, by enabling them to work together on appropriate themes. Finally, it provides opportunities for the children to explore and learn about the environment of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide opportunities for children to learn about contemporary art.

    Activities

    » Through hands-on activities and meeting artists, also using methods, ideas and materials that they might have been less likely to encounter in school.

    The success of our aims will rely on the feedback the children, artists and schools are able to give us, as well as observations and an evaluation of these impact.


    Aim 2

    Facilitate children’s transition from primary to secondary school using art.

    Activities

    » Using art and collaboration to express and explore some of the emotions children feel during this significant period of transition.

    The success of our aims will rely on the feedback the children, artists and schools are able to give us, as well as observations and an evaluation of these impact.


    Aim 3

    Provide opportunities for children to explore and learn about the environment of the Olympic Park.

    Activities

    » Workshops to offer children creative opportunities to explore the geography,culture and ecology of the Park using contemporary artistic methods.

    The success of our aims will rely on the feedback the children, artists and schools are able to give us, as well as observations and an evaluation of these impact.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The children will be more confident in their first few weeks of school, contributing to their ability to be successful both socially and academically. Teachers benefit from Continued Professional Development working with artists in a neutral setting inspired by the creativity and innovation of the Park. Summer School fosters better links between primary and secondary schools in boroughs surrounding the Park. Artists develop their practice working with youth workers and young people and teachers

    Risk

    Children fail to engage fully with the activities presented by the artists and therefore do not benefit from its intentions. This would mean that there is no change in their behaviours and their performance at school is not significantly different from a comparable situation in which they do not attend an artist-led summer school. By involving teachers from the new school, as well as a youth worker specialized in arts education, we will minimize the risk of children being disengaged.

    Reporting

    Our in house Communications Officer will devise a comprehensive communications plan. This will include regular newsletters updating donors on messages throughout the project. We will host a thank you drinks reception at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic at the end of the project with artists and school.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,360

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,980 Staff Project Manager and Marketing Officer
      £8,980 Artist fees Lead and assistant artist, trainer fees, 30 artist studio visits
      £2,000 Materials Art equipment for the workshops
      £1,400 Events and photography Promotion and thank you events, documentation throughout the project
      £1,200 Beneficiary allowances Refreshments through the summer workshops
      £2,800 Evaluation External evalutation report

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trustee £5,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    The Legacy List is the independent charity of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. All of our projects take place in and around the Park, which is located at the heart of east London’s four fastest growing and incidentally most deprived boroughs, with Newham and Tower Hamlets reporting the highest levels of child poverty in London. There is a real need to make creative connections between inhabitants of the Park and surrounding boroughs to promote social cohesion and nurture strong communities.

    Beneficiaries

    We will work directly with 10 schools in east London, offering at least 300 children the opportunity to participate in Summer School 2015. We have plans to grow Summer School 2015 to offer more opportunities for children and artists to take part in this ambitious project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Legacy List is best placed to deliver Summer School 2015 due to our expertise in delivering high-quality arts & culture, creative education, and skills projects in and around the Park since 2011, and also because we will have done the proejct twice before 2013/2014.

    We have had an incredible three years since the charity was established, engaging with an audience of over 500,000 people across 33 projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Claire Gevaux

    Claire Gevaux is Head of Creative Programmes at The Legacy List.

    Fiona Fieber, SPACE Studios

    Fiona Fieber, Head of Learning develops creative learning projects with schools, young people and communities in the areas where SPACE has studios.