RISC's arts partnerships develop resources and provide training for teachers, artist educators and those who work in informal educational settings who want to embed Global Citizenship in their work through creative approaches. We have worked with the art dept at the University of Reading's Institute of Education since 2004, pioneering the development of Art & GC activities with local primary schools. The starting point for this has been the students' own research on the work of contemporary artists from the Majority World. Yr1-6 children from local schools spend a day working in groups at the university studios to produce installations, sculptures, prints, paintings and performance art. In 2011 this ongoing work will be disseminated through an archive on this website.
In 2006 we began a partnership with the October Gallery, called Participate, whichprovides online resources for teachers of KS2&3 on contemporary artists from the Majority World whose work is exhibited at the gallery. The resources provide teachers with creative activities that engage pupils in issues that are relevant to their own lives, their community, the wider world; and promote action for a sustainable and equitable future.
These two partnership projects draw out themes in the artists' work and through them explore the 5 key concepts of Global Citizenship: human rights, diversity, interdependence, peace & conflict and sustainability.
“.....Global Citizenship is more than the sum of its parts. It goes beyond simply knowing that we are citizens of the globe to an acknowledgement of our responsibilities both to each other and to the Earth itself. Global Citizenship is about understanding the need to tackle injustice and inequality, and having the desire and ability to work actively to do so. It is about valuing the Earth as precious and unique, and safeguarding the future for those coming after us. Global Citizenship is a way of thinking and behaving. It is an outlook on life, a belief that we can make a difference”
Above & below:Work made by an art teacher at at CPD session on the artist Huang XU
News and workshops
Pupils wanted! to devise a shop window performance for Fair Trade Fortnight 2010 Thursday, 10th of December 2009
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pARTicipate:workshops for teachers and arts educators Tuesday, 24th of November 2009
Tuesday 19th January 2010, 4 - 6 pm, RISC Conference hall
Teaching Global Citizenship through art and design: The OctoberGallery & RISC.
An opportunity for teachers to discover our online resources on artists from the Majority World. This will include a creative session on the work of Nigerian artist Nnenna Okore and Benin artist Romauld Hazoume on materials, transformation. Teachers will considers ways in which the work can be used in the classroom to inspire positive environmental and social action.
Wednesday March 17th 2010, 4 - 6pm, RISC Conference hall
An opportunity for teachers to discover our gallery online resources on artists from the Majority World. It will also be a chance for you to get photographically creative with your plastics bags, looking at the prints of Chinese artist Huang XU and his commentary on waste and consumption. This session will also include the work of New Zealand artists exploring issues around land rights and identity through body art and sculpture.
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From Old to New Wednesday, 28th of October 2009
Last year we asked children to design and make an alternative to a plastic bag. Their bags were then exhibited in the Global café and modelled in a catwalk fashion show in Broad Street mall. The bags were brilliant solutions to the plastic bag, ranging from bags made from old bottles to a pair of dad’s old pants! This year we are asking pupils aged between 8 - 17 to submit products that are either furniture or furnishings, which are sustainable, durable and inspiring. Phillip Stark watch this space!