Create Sheffield November’21 Newsletter

This half-termly newsletter includes information and opportunities to facilitate & celebrate young peoples’ participation in arts and culture in Sheffield.


  • Why Creativity Matters NOW - inspiring case studies about creative activities in school settings, shared by teachers and artists.

  • New Create Sheffield arts and cultural Partners, all offering excellent work for and with children and young people in Sheffield.

  • Notice Board - creative opportunities and news from our creative Partners.

Create Sheffield Update

Why Creativity Matters NOW

Thank you to all that came along to the 12 online conversations that took place during Why Creativity Matters NOW (WCMN), part of the Learn Sheffield Autumn Online Festival.

What happened? Arts and cultural organisations and schools shared inspiring stories, case studies and ideas, whilst also discussing some of the challenges faced in using creativity in the classroom. There were themes covering SEND, diversity & inclusion, early years, the curriculum, active health and wellbeing, building community, drama & expressive arts, Sheffield Adventures, top tips and more.

For those that missed out, you can access the recordings on our website.

What’s next? We are currently working with our Creative Education Producer(s) Jenny Coats, Amy Willoughby and Becky Stroud from Beck School, using the knowledge gained from WCMN, to help us plan our next steps and our offer to schools and creative Partners in 2022. We look forward to telling you more soon!

New Arts & Cultural Partners

Beverley Ward < writing >

Writer, facilitator, writing coach and owner of The Writers Workshop. Beverley supports children, adults and young people at all stages of their writing journeys through workshops, coaching, retreats and manuscript feedback. Read more.

Creative DJ School < music technology >

Creative DJ School provide 1-1 lessons and group workshops in DJ and music production for schools, charities and private clients. They aim to create fun and engaging experiences designed to suit all abilities. Read more.

Link Learning < music technology, SEND >

Link Learning is a team of teachers, musicians and artists that work with schools, children’s hospitals and community centres to deliver high-quality creative activities that encourage musical exploration, discovery and experimentation. Read more.

DECSY < Global Learning, drama, P4C >

DECSY exists to promote Global Learning: an approach to education that increases understanding of complex global issues, such as world poverty, conflict, climate change, racism and migration and thinking about how to create a better world. We work with teachers and many others involved in education with the aim to inspire and inform so that educators can confidently bring the global perspective into their teaching. Read more.

Matthew Laurie < special needs training, community music >

Matthew Laurie specialises in Community Music and Special Needs Training. Matthew devises and leads community music projects, collaborating with special schools to embed music and communication practice whilst also helping families to support children with special needs. Read more.

Carmel Page < storytelling >

Carmel is a freelance Storyteller, Artist in Education, Community Artist, Author & Creative Mentor. She has a wide breadth of experiences and skill, working with a plethora of organisations and settings across the city. Read more.

Grimm & Co < writing, storytelling >

Grimm & Co is a Yorkshire literacy charity providing exciting writing workshops for children and young people, aged 7-18, unleashing imaginations through the joyful discovery of stories.

The workshops they deliver cover lots of different types of writing, from comedy writing and stories, to poems, plays and monologues. These workshops are all free to the child and young person and encourages self-esteem, resilience, and self-belief, raising literacy levels and building confidence. Read more.

Virtual School < children in care, creative curriculum >

The Virtual School for Children Looked After (SCC) coordinates educational services for children in their care from 2 to 18 years old. They work in partnership with a child or young person’s school (or the education establishment at which they are registered) and social worker to ensure they are supported to fulfil their potential at all stages of their education. The Virtual School want to give them the best opportunity to be successful in their adult lives. Read more.

Messages from our Arts and Cultural Partners

Sheffield Theatres

Participation Coordinator. We are looking for a fantastic candidate to join the team to produce, develop and administer a year-round programme of Sheffield People's Theatre activity, annual projects within the department, and assist the development of our work in the community. Closing date Sunday 21 November 2021. More info on the website.


Chol are delighted to announce our latest Sheffield based project - Listen 52. LISTEN 52 is a youth leadership and arts engagement project in Sheffield, leading to an ambitious city centre performance in Summer 2022. 8 Young Producers (16-21yrs) will join Chol to discover children and young people’s hopes and fears about what their world will be like 30 years from now.

The Listen 52 team will hit the road in Chol’s new mobile base, the Cholavan, creatively engaging hundreds of children and young people in their locality. The Young Producers will gather stories, recruit young performers, and build momentum towards their final event where audiences will witness large-scale projections, sound installations, and live performers sharing vital messages from the year 2052.

We are currently recruiting 8 young people aged between 16 and 21 to become Young Producers on our paid internship.

This internship is designed to provide experience and opportunities for anyone who might be interested in starting a career in the arts. You do not need to have any experience in delivering arts events or working professionally in the arts, just a willingness to get stuck in!

For more information. please check out our website or email Lauren at

Carmel Page

My Role as a Henry Dancer Days Storyteller was written by our Partner Carmel Page about her experience as a Storyteller in Ward Six of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital where children and young people with cancer have complex treatments.

“They are attached to chemotherapy pumps, feeding tubes, monitors, oxygen supplies, even if they had the energy to get out of bed they would struggle to get to the door. They can’t escape but I can go in.” Read her Story.


Amazelab offer a full range of online and in person workshops for your school putting a fun and create take on all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths) Contact us for more information.

We have some exciting workshops coming up taking place at Cutlery Works, Kelham Island, Sheffield. Please book via this link.

  • Amazelab STEAM Club - The first Sunday of every month 10-11am aimed at 5-11 year olds with everyone from making your own snow to exploding rainbows and robot hands!

  • Children's Christmas workshops in aid of Sheffield Children's hospital snowflake appeal Monday 20th December make your own snowglobes and pop up Christmas cards while learning the STEAM behind the skills.

Bright Box Makerspace

Breaking Ground is for anyone aged 15 – 25 wanting to work hands-on, gain useful experiences, be creative or get your voice heard about the things that matter. Our celebration day is for anyone to come down and check out what we do. It is also for our Breaking Ground group to bring friends and family to see what we’ve been doing. We’ll be making pizza’s in our very own pizza oven and toasting s’mores! Saturday 18th December.

Museums Sheffield

Free workshop at Kelham Island Museum for anyone aged 14-25! Get crafty this Christmas and learn how to create a fresh door wreath to take home! All abilities are welcome & materials will be provided. Book your place here.

Sheffield Music School

Sheffield Music School are hosting a Christmas Showcase and welcome the public to come and join us in a morning of music and mince pies! Please get your tickets now.

In Between the Trees

Over recent months one of our creative partners, Emily Whiteley at In-between the Trees has been developing and running the following courses which both involve practical workshop style approaches mainly outside;

Supporting Autism & Neurodiversity in the Outdoors explores autism friendly pedagogy and showcases effective strategies such as sensory circuits and sensory stories.

Don’t Panic: it’s a Climate Emergency includes participation in a variety of activities aiming to spark discussion around the climate crisis and facilitate creative ways to weave it into the curriculum, empowering young people without exacerbating eco anxiety.

The courses can be bespoke to your requirements, from a 1 hour session to 2 days.

Some feedback: “Great multi-sensory ideas which can be used both indoors and outdoors in our setting” Outdoor education teacher. “Really useful for how to develop a multi-sensory approach” SENDCo. “Leader encourages open and honest discussion” EYFS teacher. ”Knowledgeable and friendly course with lots of interesting practical ideas” Y1-6 teacher and eco coordinator.

Contact Emily for more information @

Angie Hardwick

Angie Hardwick is a freelance Visual Artist based in Sheffield. She delivers inspirational, participatory workshops to all ages and abilities. Angie recently delivered a range of activities for the Healthy Activities and Food project (HAF) working with children between the ages of 5 and 14.

In her Story, Angie describes her work in the HAF sessions where she taught young people different ceramic techniques including imprinting and applying, to create their own individual personalised fish in the project named ‘Swim Against the Current’. The young people involved in the project learned that it’s ok to be different and to not follow the crowd. The project celebrates bravery, strength and courage. Promoting uniqueness, individually and difference.

Swim Against the Current will be on display in the Winter Gardens from 6th Dec to 19th Dec 2021. Read the full story here.


IVE are inviting arts and cultural organisations in the Yorkshire and the Humber region to join their free online Artsmark Partnership Briefing on Thursday, 16th December from 10-11.30am. Book here.

The briefing session will:

  • Provide you with a thorough overview of the Artsmark process and support you to start mapping your offer to it

  • Share the Artsmark Partnership Programme Code of Conduct and set out expectations for cultural providers

  • Offer you support to start mapping your offer to the Artsmark programme


IVE have launched a second round of micro-commissions, following the success of their first round in early 2021. This fund is focussed on diversity, inclusion and relevance.

Our micro-commissions are open to creatives and cultural organisations who want to develop work with new groups of young people. Please note, applicants must not be in receipt of arts council funding or receive core funding from any source.

We encourage applications from creatives with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Applications are due by Friday, 26th November.

Micro-commission details and information on how to apply can be found here.

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