After five years of activity, HertsCreation CiC. is closing for business in December 2017.
Martin Heaney and Alex McIntyre, Co-Directors, will continue to work independently (and together on specific projects) after the closure of the Company so please read on to find out what we are up to. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters and sharing some of the highlights of our last few years – including some recent good news from one of our key partners!
In October 2017, Woolenwick Infants and Junior School in Stevenage was awarded Outstanding status by Ofsted. We are so happy for the school’s leaders, staff and children and so pleased to have had the privilege of working with them. The report commented on the school’s capacity to provide ‘rich and memorable experiences that fire pupils’ imaginations’ as well as on the school’s leadership and training opportunities for staff. HertsCreation is proud to have been at the heart of the school’s creative development, beginning with a CPD for staff which focused on the action research question: ‘How can small changes in our environment provoke a cycle of engagement and interaction?’. Subsequent projects led by Alex McIntyre focused on developing staff’s creative skills varying from story-telling to outdoor learning.
Other highlights of our five-year engagement in Hertfordshire include:
- Delivering leadership training for the Wroxham Teaching and Learning Alliance
- CPDs for Studland Rise First School in Royston and Hatfield Community School
We also celebrate our engagement with Watford Museum, Francis Combe School and Signpost, a Watford-based charity, in a participatory arts project with young people aged 14 – 19 suffering from mild depression and anxiety. The project culminated in an exhibition and CPD for arts professionals.
Martin Heaney is now Senior Lecturer in Applied Drama at the University of East London. He is a Director of the Centre of Applied and Participatory Arts. He is currently Evaluator for the Paul Hamlyn funded arts education programme, My Creative School. His current research areas include: organisational learning in collaborative arts projects and the role of the arts in promoting ‘first in family’ access to Higher Education. He gained his PHD in July 2017 – earning him the nickname Dr Martin! Martin Heaney continues to work (on a freelance basis) with Roman Way First School in Royston on a journey of long-term curricular and school change working with the arts.
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Alex McIntyre continues to work as an artist, making and selling art through exhibitions, (recently including 3 editions of The Other Art Fair, The Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, the inaugural Roy’s People Art Fair as well as exhibitions with Kendalls Fine Art and Bils and Rye Gallery). She is engaged as a creative practitioner for the Paul Hamlyn funded arts education programme, My Creative School, focusing on combining coaching and creative practice with adult leaders to improve wellbeing. She is the Collaborative Partnerships Manager for Be Smart About Art and continues to work (on a freelance basis) with Woolenwick Infants and Nursery – this year embarking on storytelling and public sculpture adventures.
We continue also our commitment to working with the arts, young people and teachers in new settings. We want to find new ways to collaborate in the future. If you have enjoyed working with us please stay in touch (direct message via social media for new email addresses). And have a wonderful start to 2018!