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Spring 1

The Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership half-termly newsletter; full of information and opportunities especially for schools and educators.


  • Create Sheffield Update - Junk Sculpture exhibition

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

  • New Create Sheffield Arts and Cultural Partners, all offering excellent work for and with children and young people in Sheffield

  • Resources and Inspiration - links to resources, organisations and articles; offering you support in the classroom, including themes around the Climate Crisis and Diversity & Inclusion

  • Share arts and creativity from your school - share with us your stories of the brilliant creative work happening in your classroom

Create Sheffield Update

Be part of a City Wide ‘Junk Sculpture’ Exhibition

In November 2021, the SEN and Creativity Community of Practice met face-to-face for the first time, bringing together teachers from Sheffield special schools and professional artists to explore how the creative process can benefit the children and the people supporting them.

Read about the Junk Sculpture workshop that took place at the Rowan school and opportunities to get involved.

Notice Board

There will be a FREE weekly workshops taking place at Common Ground, Machon Bank, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1GR on Sundays 1-3pm from 23/1/21. Anyone aged 11-14 can sign up to take part and the group will work alongside the Third Angel team to learn skills, explore ideas and ultimately – make something brilliant! It could be a performance, a film, a music video, a podcast… The group will get to explore their own interests & ideas to help them decide. If Covid prevents face to face, we will still have fun online. To find out more or book your place visit our website below.

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Do your students like art, film and new technologies?

Sheffield DocFest's Alternate Realities programme showcases exciting artworks and new digital technologies from artists and filmmakers from across the world and is currently touring the UK.

At the end of January, artworks from the 2020 and 2021 programme will be taken to the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley and the Hepworth in Wakefield. All events are free and open to all!

We would love for your school to join us in the new year to experience and discuss these contemporary artworks. The programme includes a range of screenings, exhibitions, and discussions. See below to find out more details about the events and to sign up for tickets. We aim to provide transport for interested groups so let us know if this would be useful for you.

For more information email

Image credit: Fox Moon Photography, Cooper Gallery, 2021

We have two exciting opportunities for teachers to work alongside artists in schools between January and July 2022. We are offering:

  • One artist residency - involving a Chol artist working with teachers and children on a weekly basis in curriculum time, co-creating a new project in school, and providing CPD opportunities for all staff.

  • Five whole school introductions - a chance for every child and teacher to work with an artist to explore Imaginary Communities and creative learning.

These opportunities are heavily match funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and build on Chol’s Imaginary Communities (IC) approach to story-making in the classroom. Please do get in touch with Vicky if you are a teacher, an artist, or a senior leader and you would like an informal chat about possibilities

Maker{Move} and Sheffield Invents: Mon 14 Feb, 12-3pm, Kelham Island Museum. Free - drop in

Join the Maker{Move} team and get hands on with some Sheffield inventions and machines. Using the resources on our pop-up makerspace you will be able to create, tinker, test and modify to invent your own machine.

You can also book a visit from the Maker{Move} van for your school, library or community setting. Visit our website for more information and follow us @Maker_Futures

Recognising the benefits of connecting with nature, especially for young people, is gaining momentum by the second. Are you keen to develop your offer to include nature connection more holistically?

Create Sheffield Partner and SLE, Emily Whiteley from In-between the Trees specialises in building capacity within educational settings to do just that. Emily has developed the Forest School provision at Bents Green Special School, the only secondary setting in the UK to be a Forest School Association recognised provider.

Emily can offer bespoke CPD for your setting. Examples of expertise and recent projects:

  • Supporting Neurodiversity

  • Outdoor Sensory Circuits

  • Attention Autism activities linking with nature

  • Intervention Activities

  • Climate Conscious Crafts

  • Forest School Games (including MFL Spanish/French)

  • Using the Kelly Kettle

Get in contact with Emily if you are interested in this work.

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). There is so much to look forward to at Amazelab this January!

  • STEAM Club

  • Brand new pre school workshops

  • Brand new after school club

Book now! Or contact us for more information.

We have availability for booking our new Learning programme throughout the Spring Term 2022. This includes:

  • Sensory Play sessions for under 5’s, Unsung Heroes – HM Coastguard, air ambulance and mountain rescue: Friday 21 January 2022: 10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00. We'll be enjoying some water play and creating some of our own helicopters, air ambulance or mountain rescue; your choice!

  • Under armour: Friday 18 February 2022: 10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00. We will learn about the different materials used to make armour and why some work better than others. We will create our own armour too, and of course there will be the usual songs and stories.

  • Arms and Armour Event: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th February 2022. Fancy meeting a knight? Ever wondered what vehicles armoured police use? Or want to learn about armour in the animal world? Now’s your chance to learn all about arms and armour from today’s modern armoured police to the brave knights of the past.

To find out more: Learning | NESM (999 Museum) (

If you are interested in booking with us, please contact our Learning and Discovery Team on

In her recent newsletter, Nisha shared a wonderful video created by Welcome To Sheffield about Little Amal's visit to Sheffield, in which she facilitated a creative performance. The video below beautifully captures the the whole event including the celebration dance.

Amal's visit to Sheffield; the first City of Sanctuary

New Arts & Cultural Partners

Resources & Inspiration

Please find below links to resources, organisations and articles; offering you support in the classroom.

Climate Crisis

  • Schools Climate Education South Yorkshire have shared useful resources for schools about climate change and other environmental issues.

  • South Yorkshire Climate Alliance have a great list of groups in South Yorkshire that tackle climate change in different ways. From food to transport, to culture and energy, there is a group for everyone!

  • Transform our World is a community of educators empowering students to tackle climate change. Here are their top free resources themed around climate, energy, food and consumption, pollution and waste, career conversations and more.

Diversity & Inclusion

  • We are Culture - The January Challenge : 64 Million Artists are sharing 31 days of fun, quick and free creative challenges to kickstart the year. 31 challenges have been written to explore our identities, cultures and communities. You could use these challenges can be used all through the year for inspiration.

  • The Anti-Racist Library have shared a list of books promoting anti-racist literature and fiction by black, indigenous and people of colour authors.

  • Sheffield AntiRacist Education Twitter page is worth a follow for news, opportunities and opinions, relevant to building an anti-racist education system.

And everything else..

  • AccessArt work in collaboration with artists, educators, schools, museums, galleries and arts organisations to create the inspirational visual arts resources.

  • Sheffield Adventures 50+ creative activities developed for Create Sheffield to share - ideas that are useful for your home or school environment and ones that will take you all around our wonderful city.

  • Creativity Exchange - The Creativity Exchange is a space for school leaders, teachers, those working in cultural organisations, scientists, researchers and parents to share ideas about how to teach for creativity and develop young people’s creativity at and beyond school.

  • Find an arts & cultural practitioner to work with your school. Create Sheffield Partners have such a diverse range of skills and expertise, use the 'Filter Partners' button to help you narrow your search.

Share arts and creativity from your school

As your Cultural Education Partnership, Create Sheffield would love to be able to share and tell the story of the brilliant creative work happening in your classroom. Do you have a story you want to shout about? Have a student’s piece of work that you are proud of? Share with us so we can spread the word. You can email or tag us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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