Winter is beginning to set in as we emerge from the second lockdown, and we are thinking of all the people and organisations who continue to be negatively affected by this ongoing pandemic.  We hope these messages, news and opportunities from Sheffield's Local Cultural Education Partnership (that's us, Create Sheffield) and our Partners, will bring you some interest and joy.

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As the number of Partners we have grows, there is more and more information to share.  We know your time is precious, so we would like to be able to send you the most relevant information and opportunities. Please take a moment to update the profile we have for you, and tell us whether you are working in education, the cultural sector, voluntary & community sector, or maybe you are a young person or parent/carer. 

Create Sheffield is supported by IVEthe Arts Council England Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber.
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Here is a list of what is included...

Creativity during the pandemic in Sheffield schools
Special Schools Creativity Network
Messages from our arts and cultural Partners
Create Sheffield update
Update on the city-wide data report
Create Sheffield Community Partners session
Create Sheffield events for your diaries

Creativity during the pandemic in Sheffield schools

During our latest online support session, our arts and cultural Partners were invited to share some of the work they have been doing in schools since lockdown. Claire from Seven Hills Secondary Special School, and James from The Sheffield College also came along to paint a picture of what life is like in these educational settings in our new Covid ‘normal’. 

There were some clear messages to come out of this meeting, alongside some examples of great practice which we hope will inspire and give confidence to both creative practitioners and schools. Read all about it
Special Schools Creativity Network
The Special School Creative Leads community of practice met for the first time on Thursday 26th November.  This project had been in the works for 2 years so it was really exciting to be able to finally get together.  Schools that responded to Matt’s initial outreach work by nominating a member of staff to lead on creativity were represented at the meeting including: Rowan, Mossbrook, Seven Hills, Talbot, Woolley Wood, Bents Green, Sheaf Training Centre, Heritage Park and PACES.  The principle of the group is that all members have expertise and passion for creativity and that through collaboration we can support each other and develop our creative practice.

We began with some fascinating group discussions around the question “What is creativity” which was followed by some breakout rooms to discuss what the members greatest challenges are.  From this work we formed a number of project groups:
1) Developing an online exhibition 
2) Involving arts specialists in school
3) Developing a creative curriculum and
4) Accessing funding.  

These collaborations will now continue and we will be meeting again in January or February to consolidate and go deeper.  

Some feedback from the event:

"It was good to meet everyone who is so enthusiastic about creativity in our schools. It has also pushed me to talk to SMT at my school about how we are moving forward with our curriculum development."

"It was great to meet up with all the creative leads of special schools across the city - this is something that I've wanted to do for year!  it is also really reassuring to have somewhere where we can all go to to share ideas, collaborate and support each other!”

Special Schools who have not yet nominated a creative Lead are welcome to join the group.  Please contact Matthew Laurie  (Special School Lead) on or 07896 977388

Messages from our arts and cultural Partners
Little Moments of Joy from Concerteenies
Early Years and Primary 
Concerteenies is joining Age Better in Sheffield to lead its first intergenerational project this Christmas. This is all about creating Little Moments of Joy through sharing music between the youngest and oldest members of our local communities.

Many older people have been living in isolation the past 9 months with very little contact with their communities or access to stimulating creative activities. We all know that smiling and singing children can help spread happiness and build connections, especially at Christmas time.

Concerteenies are looking for short films (approx 5 mins) of children aged 3-6 (in groups of any size), we would love them to sing a festive song, maybe in costume and would also love you ( a child or teacher) to film a brief spoken introduction.

For more information on what to do and how to get involved, contact asap!

Full details can be found here.

This Is Circus Programme in Schools

During the pandemic Greentop Circus have been creating and testing an exciting and accessible new Circus Programme for School children that can be delivered remotely.  Greentop Circus have been working closely with Year 6 Classes in Beck Primary School to develop this programme which is now available for schools.

The programme is delivered entirely remotely through especially created videos, lesson plans, circus kit and inspirational resources supplied to the school. The children explore a whole range of circus skills, develop creative routines and discover how it's great for their resilience and understanding how they learn.  It is also being adapted for blended learning with circus teachers coming into school when possible.

If you are in a primary school and thinking about how to get less-active children on the move and are building your recovery curriculum - we might be able to help. Read more about this programme and email for more information.


The Creativity Machine with Sarah-Jane Mason
Primary and Secondary

Create Sheffield Partner Sarah-Jane Mason is so excited to tell you about The Creativity Machine!

The Creativity Machine is the name of a digital space where young people can come together to create, make and talk. It is an online meeting place that enables the participatory arts to keep connecting children and young people through times when face to face participation is not possible and/or appropriate.

The Creativity Machine is facilitated by Sarah-Jane Mason, an experienced Creative Practitioner and Educator with over 5 years of experience working creatively with children and young people. Each session provides opportunities for interaction, collaboration, skill sharing, development of knowledge and understanding, peer critiques and self-reflection. They are fun, they are for everyone and they are relevant to the needs of young people now, in these unprecedented times.

If you are interested in finding out more, asking what is available now, or you would like to request a session focus then please do just get in touch.

Music in the City

Music in the City is a student-led organisation from the music department of the University of Sheffield. Music in the City have created a series of videos to help and aid students that are thinking about studying Music for their GCSE's, A-level and at university. Spoken by students themselves, these video includes reasons why people chose the subjects, why they enjoyed it and how it complemented other subjects.

Sheffield Theatres - Digital Interactive Workshops
Primary and Secondary

Get ready for a live digital Nordic adventure! Sheffield Theatres are offering interactive Workshops and Storytelling sessions with friends George and Mal, who like you, are finding it hard to be together right now. Join them for a unique twist on traditional Nordic storytelling full of mystery, mischief, friendship and fun!

WINTER TALES OF WONDER - AN INTERACTIVE NORDIC ADVENTURE FULL OF FUN, MAGIC AND HOPE. Themes supporting PHSE and the Primary Recovery Curriculum (Emotional health and wellbeing) ideal for KS1 and KS2.

INTERACTIVE DIGITAL STORYTELLING This 30-minute storytelling session is ideal for Early Years and Foundation Stage children.

Read all about it on their website. For booking or further information please email


REIMAGINE with Ignite Imaginations

Ignite Imaginations are delighted to announce a new creative project, REIMAGINE. This project sees four local artists curating four immersive experiences created in collaboration with their communities, with the aim of bringing light, hope, positivity and something different to Sheffield this winter and in these unprecedented times.

Ignite Imaginations have free craft workshops on offer throughout December for schools in the Shiregreen, Firth Park, Parson Cross and Manor areas. These workshops can be delivered in person or via zoom by one of professional artists. All materials will be provided and the artwork created will be used to inspire larger immersive installations which will be popping up in these areas in January. If you are interested in being involved e-mail 

Leonie from Amazelab

We are Amazelab, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths) company with the aim of providing engaging opportunities to people via workshops, video link, activity packs, follow along factsheets, and guidance open to all from educational settings to non-school groups and everyone in between.

Our aim is to deliver an inspiring, creative take on STEAM subjects, their relevance to everyday life and deliver this in a fun but thought provoking manner! We offer workshops either online or in person, or pre-recorded videos, activity packs, resources and follow along factsheets all things STEAM related.

You are invited to come to our Make your own Snow Globe workshop, Saturday 19th December - 2.00pm to 3.30pm. Book here.

Keep an eye on our social media channels leading up to the holidays to get involved in lots of fun activities. Facebook Twitter Instagram.

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 P4C 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,

Making our own decorations this Christmas
Primary and Secondary

If you’d like to get crafty this Christmas, Hannah Lord at Flying Fish studio has created free online videos which take you through how to create your own Christmas decorations! Clear and engaging, and for both children and adults, Hannah’s focus is on people’s enjoyment of the process, encouraging people to ‘give it a go’ and have fun experimenting with new techniques. Video tutorials are available on the studio’s YouTube channel - “Flying Fish studio Sheffield.

Bauble bunting      Stained glass effect trees     Illustration on wood    Quilled snowflakes      Christmas cards

Flying Fish studio is also offering craft boxes to go alongside these video tutorials. These are just £35 and contain all of the equipment and materials you’ll need for all 5 tutorials. Craft boxes can be collected from the studio or delivered straight to your door. Hannah can also send the craft boxes through the post, both in the UK and Internationally – so perhaps if you have family and friends living elsewhere… you might like to organise a ‘craft-together’ via zoom!

Get in contact with Hannah if you have any questions or comments! 

In Between the Trees - Emily Whiteley

Preserving plant materials has been considered an art for hundreds of years. Ancient Egyptians carefully encased seeds and wildflowers with mummified bodies in the pyramids and Victorians pressed flowers and leaves as a pastime. In the case of the Egyptians I had seen it as something quite exotic. As for the Victorians I associated it with stuffy outmoded traditions, delicate untouchable tapestries or crumbling pressed leaves falling from old books.

When I recently preserved leaves in glycerine to use for some craft activities to use with my groups at Bents Green Special School, I was intrigued to hear my Mum’s passing comment, “I remember your Nan doing that with entire branches”. I felt an instant connection not only to my Nan but to my ancestors from centuries ago and how they might have preserved nature’s offerings.

I had collected these leaves from the ground, capturing them like autumnal treasure to be transformed into beautifully supple, leather-like wonders with magic powers to soothe and ground our senses. Working with them allows us to reconnect with nature and all the restorative benefits that brings, which are especially crucial at the moment. I have used them with young people with autism to improve shared attention skills and to make decorations and hangings. One simple idea harnessing creative and nurturing potential.

If you would like to discuss a project involving use of natural materials do get in touch. I am happy to talk ideas through and look forward to hearing from you. You can email me,  or follow and DM me on Twitter

Create Sheffield update

You may remember that Create Sheffield has been looking for new Trustees to join our Trustees Board.  We were delighted with the response to our call out and that we will be welcoming 3 new Trustees when we meet again in January 2021.  The Board of Trustees will be focused on running Create Sheffield as a charitable company.  We'll also be introducing a new Steering Group who will meet bi-annually to lead on strategy for us as Sheffield's Local Cultural Education Partnership.

Additionally, Trustee Rachael Walton and Programme Manager Sophie Hunter have both joined the Cultural Education Partnership National Leadership and Peer Learning Programme which is being run for CEP’s from across the UK. There are over 140 people involved in the programme, and plenty to learn from the different ways that Cultural Education Partnerships have been set up all over the country - no two are alike!


Covid-19 has brought about extraordinary change and we appreciate that this academic year has brought difficult challenges for schools in our Artsmark Consortium. We want to provide reassurance that IVE and Create Sheffield are here to support Artsmark schools in their Artsmark journey, no matter what stage they are at.

To keep you up to speed about how we can support you, IVE have a number of online support options available for schools to access – please contact for further information.

Our Peer network sessions have got off to a great start, facilitated by Dave Herbert. We are so grateful to schools who are able to attend – we know there are many challenges at the moment for everyone. The sessions have been created in consultation with our Artsmark schools so they meet everyone’s needs and provide bespoke support. Schools have found them an excellent way to share ideas, network and develop knowledge. So far, schools have discussed their priorities for their Artsmark journey, how these may have changed in light of current challenges and our next session will focus on how technology can support high-quality delivery under current restrictions. 

IVE and our partner Create Sheffield want to do all we can to make sure we can give you the support you need to keep pupils’ wellbeing and creativity at the heart of your curriculum.

Many thanks
Aoibheann Kelly
Schools Engagement Manager (Artsmark)
Update on the city-wide data report

Can you hear the sound of data being crunched?!  We're nearly ready to publish the results of our city-wide data report, looking at the arts and cultural provision for children and young people across the city pre-Covid. We are intrigued and interested by what the report findings show, and keen to share them with you too.  The report has been created and delivered by Tessa Sawyer, and we're delighted that she has agreed to deliver a presentation online about the findings of the report on 20 January 2021.  So, if report reading isn't your thing, sign up to join us at the session below:

Partner support – Sharing results of city-wide data collection. 20 Jan, 10am - read more and sign up

Create Sheffield Community Partners session

During our first, in a monthly series of Create Sheffield Community Partners sessions, Partners were invited to co-design an 'online marketplace'.  This will allow schools, educators, young people and our communities to easily connect and learn more about what you do. We want to give Create Sheffield Partners the ability to gather, talk, exchange, learn, create and sell; both amongst each other and with schools in an online marketplace.

Watch this space for a date and time for the online marketplace - and get in touch if you're a Partner who'd like to be involved, or a teacher or educator who is interested in attending.

All but one of the Partners attending this session were freelancers.  For those Partners who weren’t able to make it, please fill out our google form with your thoughts about the above - especially if you’re from an organisation!

Create Sheffield events for your diaries

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