The autumn has arrived and we have lots of news and opportunities to share with you. There is quite a lot of information, why not make a brew and enjoy! 
Here is a list of what is included...
We are looking for new Trustees 

Are you interested in helping to govern a new Sheffield charity?

Are you passionate about creativity, arts and cultural life and have the desire to ensure that all children and young people in the city have opportunities and access?

As part of our commitment to equity, diversity & inclusion, Create Sheffield wants to strengthen its Board to better reflect the diversity of our society and the communities we serve.  We want a board that will encourage our brave and bold ambitions for Sheffield’s young people.  

We welcome applications from people of all ages, and also hold two new places on our Board for young people aged 18-24!

Deadline for applications is November 1st read more here

Data questionnaire response
Thank you to all the schools, settings, arts and cultural organisations and practitioners who filled in our data questionnaire, which is now closed.  The data gathered will form a baseline of the arts and cultural activity that was happening with young people in Sheffield schools and settings pre-Covid, and will help us understand the provision that was then available.  The plan is to re-issue the questionnaire in 2021 so that we can compare results.  

The report will be published towards the end of this year and will be publicly available.  If reading reports isn’t your thing, then please join us for a session with Tessa Sawyer (who has been pulling all the data together) to discuss the data findings on Wednesday 20th January 2021 at 10am… (online or maybe even face to face - who knows if we’ll be able to meet together by then!) Book here
Chilypep Youth Voice Report
We are delighted to have received the final version of the Chilypep youth voice report this week.  There’s lots to go on and we will be recruiting for a part-time freelance post within the next few weeks to take this important piece of work forward.  Look out for an announcement on our social media feeds or email us if you want us to send you the information straight to your inbox.

Thank you to the brilliant Chilypep team and all of the organisations that contributed to the research - we will make sure you get a copy of the report as soon as it's ready in its final form.  It will also be made available to everyone via our website soon too.
Sheffield Artsmark 31 Network & new opportunities for arts & cultural practitioners, in association with IVE
We have a fabulous group of schools and education institutions who are all embarking on their Artsmark journey together to embed arts and culture into their settings: 20 primaries, 2 secondary schools, 1 special school, 6 nursery infant settings and Sheffield Youth Justice and Sheffield Inclusion Unit. They’re from all over the city, and every Locality.

We are excited to find as many ways as possible to share the creative work that this group of schools and settings are involved with, so that we can celebrate their work and also inspire others to get creative.  Together with IVE, we have set up a termly peer network where these schools and settings can share learning, experiences and inspiration.  

There have now been two Artsmark Partners events for Sheffield artists/companies, and later on this year/early 2021 we will be offering them the chance to join an online ‘marketplace’ to meet with the teachers and other educators from the Artsmark 31 Network.  Watch out for more news. We plan also to focus our action research programme through this group.

Special Schools Creativity Network
Some time ago we had an inspiring conversation with a teacher from a special school in Sheffield who is passionate about creativity and the arts, and who wanted to be able to share that practice with other teachers and educators in Special Schools.  This term, we’re delighted to report that we’ve asked Matt Laurie to begin pulling that creativity network together, and the first meeting should be in November.  

Alongside this network for teachers and teaching assistants, Matt has been talking to all the headteachers of Special Schools to find out more about how their schools engage with arts, culture and creativity.  From the findings so far, we think there will be opportunities for arts and cultural practitioners and organisations who have an interest in working in special schools to meet up with the Special School creativity network members, and that there will be CPD focused specifically on this area.  

Please get in touch if this is an area of interest for you.
Dreaming our way forward
During our 'dreaming our way forward' Partner session this month, we reviewed the Partners programme one year on from its launch and began to dream up what the next 17-months might look like. 

Our Partners told us what they have loved, and what they would they like more of.  Following these conversations we are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first, in a monthly series, of CS Community Partners sessions on Wednesday 25th Nov 10 - 11.30 am. Our Partners will be invited to co-design an 'online marketplace' which will allow them to share their brilliant work. This will allow schools, educators, young people and our communities to easily connect and learn more about what they do.

We look forward to sharing this work with you soon. 

Congratulations to Daina on her AMA Digital Lab Fellowship!
Our Administrator and Comms-Lead Daina is thrilled to be amongst this year's AMA Digital Lab fellows! She will be working alongside her peers and with brilliant mentors Kym & Jumoke from the Tripple Cripples, creating and testing digital experiments. 

One of the ways Daina hopes to use this opportunity is to develop more accessible digital content, working to recognise and address the barriers that make life harder for people to access content online. The Digital Culture Network wrote a great article full of practical advice on this subject. 
Messages from our arts and cultural Partners

From Flying Fish studio

Over the past few months, I have been developing free online art tutorials that I've made available on YouTube. The art tutorials are based on a person-centered approach to learning, with children's wellbeing at its heart. I have also carefully designed craft boxes containing all the required equipment/materials to accompany these video tutorials. These craft boxes have been specifically designed for children who are in disadvantaged situations. The focus is on "giving it a go", where children are encouraged to try things out and feel it's okay to make "mistakes". This can boost children's self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment.

Get in contact if you have any questions or comments!




From Forced Entertainment

  • Sheffield’s Forced Entertainment is looking for new trustees to add to the skills and experience of their current Board; if you are passionate about the arts and interested in using your skills and experience to support their ground breaking work in theatre, do get in touch. Full information can be found on our website here. Closing date 20th November 2020.
  • Teaching Shakespeare? Forced Entertainment’s epic nine-week online project Complete Works Table Top Shakespeare ‘At Home’  has reached its midway point, with still plenty of choice plays coming up. See the full listing. You can also watch the plays that have already been broadcast as well on the catch up page here. Alongside performing all 36 plays the company have been running free workshops for teachers. Details here  If you’d like to join up please contact Places are limited.




From Amazelab 

  • Leonie, director of Amazelab is nominated for a hat trick of awards at The STEM Inspiration Awards including best new STEM Ambassador and Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation, Diversity and inclusion in STEM. 
  • The Global Science Show gets spooky Friday 30th October. A full day of Halloween fun for children and people of all ages to enjoy. Check it out via @GlobalSciShow from 9am Friday 30th October and watch out for the mini Amazelab monster takeover! 
  • Fantastic to work with North Star and The People's Picture who are creating an interactive galaxy filled with photographs celebrating science. Get involved and submit your own image via
  • Fantastic project with Dr Lizzie Burns and The Royal College of Pathologists as we create an origami beating heart and other art based science resources. School sessions Monday 2nd November. Family session Saturday 7th November. All welcome to get involved
  • STEAM wellbeing origami Christmas session Wednesday 9th December 6-7pm. take some time for yourself and add some Christmas spirit to create a Christmas star bowl out of paper! Booking will be via Eventbrite. Watch Amazelab social media for booking details coming soon. 



From Museums Sheffield

Come to us:
Weston Park Museum is open for school visits! We have been through our most popular workshops and made them Covid-19 secure. You can bring your class to us and experience real-life objects and artefacts safe in the knowledge that our learning programme is Covid risk-assessed. We have lots of measures in place to keep you and your class as safe as possible during your visit.
Your class could enjoy a visit to the amazing Ancient Egyptian Gallery and delve into the wonders of Egypt, from pharaohs and pyramids to mummies and myths. The gallery explores the lives (and the afterlife) of one of history’s most fascinating civilisations through over 300 objects. We are also able to offer the Ancient Greece workshop, Toys and Adaptation. So you can still come along to build the Parthenon, curate your very own toys display or explore real (dead) animals close up.
Or we can come to you:
Whilst we’d love to welcome you back we know that not everyone feels ready to bring a class out yet - which is why we have also created outreach versions of our most popular workshops.
While we can’t bring the two ornate coffins, containing the mummies of Nesitanebetasheru and Djedma'atiuesank, to your school, we can bring Ozzy our mummification doll so that your class can experience the process of Ancient Egyptian embalming. If you have the space available we can also bring our Parthenon model as part of the Ancient Greece workshop. Other outreach workshops available include Toys and Adaptation or we could work with your class to curate a display for your classroom while exploring the various roles of people who work in museums. 
Blended learning and booking flexibility
You can feel safe in booking your workshop with us as if the situation changes after you make your booking and you can’t come then we’ll find another way of delivering your workshop so your children still get to experience the magic of Weston Park Museum. We are currently working on creating Virtual Workshop Sessions. Keep an eye on our website for more details or get in touch
October Half Term Activities: Whatever the Weather
Weston Park Museum has one of the longest continuously recording weather stations in the country. Join us to find out what we measure, how we measure it – now and in the past as well as how the data is used. You will be able to make your own weather diary to take home. 
Tues 27, Wed 28, Thur 29 October, 12-3pm, Weston Park Museum
Free, no need to book for the activities but a timed ticket for the general entry to the museum is needed for your entire group. Please book here 


From 50 Things to Do Before You're Five

Sheffield Family, Adult & Community Education Service (FACES) is very excited to announce that they are now running Sheffield's 50 Things to Do Before You're 5.   This wonderful app, which is freely available to download, offers ideas for fun, family activities which will keep everyone entertained at no, or very low, cost.  Visit the website ( to find out more, or search for 50 Things To Do on the App Store (iphone) or Play Store (android)." 


From Caryl Hart

Are you keen to engage your children in reading and creative writing? How about creating an inspirational display with messages of encouragement from authors and illustrators? Schools across the UK are catching on to the idea and many authors and illustrators are happy to send out postcards or letters of support. You can get in touch with loads of creators on Twitter... just search them up and give them a follow. We all love to hear about what you're doing with our books and to see children engaging with the stories we have created.

If you would like a postcard from me, follow me on Twitter and send me a direct message with your school name and address and I'll pop one in the post.
My Twitter name is @carylhart1 

By the way, I also have LOADS of free book activities on my website and am running virtual visits into schools to help you excite children about books, reading and creative writing. Do get in touch if you'd like some more information. 


From Growtheatre 

Hello from Growtheatre!  We wanted to share our latest updates with you regarding Growtheatre's Youth Theatre and the positive news that we are able to return to face to face sessions on Thursdays after school in Ecclesall Woods with our Junior group, and have a new outdoor home for our Intermediate and Senior groups on Thursday evenings.  Read all about it in our AutumnTerm Update.

From Chol

Free Online Creative Club  (ages 8-15)
Weekly from Tuesday 3rd November to 8th December 
4.30pm - 5.30pm 

In these workshops young people will get the chance to work with professional artists to create their very own children's story book. During the 6 weeks we will imagine, invent and create a collaborative fantasy world,  characters and original stories. These stories will be turned into a real book and accompanied by illustrations from our resident artist Ruth Dyer. The story book will be printed and each participant will receive their own copy. The story book will also be available to purchase in the New Year. For more information please contact Lauren.



Philosophy for Children After School Club (Years 6/7/8)
This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils in Years 6/7/8 who enjoy P4C (Philosophy for Children) to be part of a free, city-wide, weekly after-school PVC club. The weekly session will be held on-line on Tuesdays, 4.30-5.45pm with a trained facilitator. There will be 8 sessions per term with the next session on Tuesday 10th November.  The club will engage up to 15 children in 'philosophical enquiry', discussing such issues as right and wrong, rights and responsibilities, how we know about things and what we value as human beings. 

For more details including how to book, contact


From IVE
'Bridge organisations across the region are currently looking for an experienced individual or organisation to project manage and produce an online digital magazine series that highlights elements of best practice around ‘youth voice’ in the context of creative and cultural learning.  Deadline for submission of proposals 5pm, 9th November 2020 –  See opportunity.

  WE'RE RECRUITING! With a newly appointed Director and an agenda for change, we are seeking energetic and diverse charity Trustees to help steer our strategic direction for the future. Previous experience of Board membership is not required. 
All the relevant information, including role descriptions, is available here.

The deadline for applications is Monday 7th December.
Create Sheffield events for your diaries

  • Partner support - What’s happening in Sheffield schools now? 18 Nov 16.30 – 17.30 - sign up
  • CS Community - Partner session - dreaming our online marketplace - our new monthly sharing session for Partners.  Join us on Wed 25 Nov from 10 - 11.30 am for the first one!
Diversity & Inclusion Resources
Visit our Wakelet for resources, links, organisations, people and ideas to help us all (teachers, practitioners, young people, community members) explore race, identity, diversity and representation.
'Digital Offer' Resources
Visit our Wakelet, where we have collected resources to support practitioners to adapt and develop their work online.
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