Create Sheffield September’21 Newsletter

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

Create Sheffield Update

Why Creativity Matters NOW

Join in the big conversation about arts and cultural education in Sheffield, part of the Learn Sheffield Autumn Online Festival. Online, 4th - 22nd October, 2021. Register your interest here by 10th September.

Why Creativity Matters NOW is a series of online conversations between school colleagues and arts & cultural education organisations about the role of creativity in education.

Join the conversations and help us answer the following questions;

  1. What place is there for drama and expressive arts in the curriculum?

  2. What role can creativity play in supporting children with SEN?

  3. How can cultural diversity, inclusion and a sense of identity be encouraged through creative partnerships?

  4. What are the Sheffield Adventures and how could they support school curricula?

  5. What role do arts and cultural partnerships have in supporting active health and well-being?

  6. How can engaging in performances and events build community?

  7. How can creative organisations support education colleagues across the curriculum & Key Stages?

There are opportunities both to take part and also to inspire others with your experiences. There is some funding available, get in touch for more details.

Creative Education Producers Jenny Coats & Amy Willoughby

Create Sheffield’s Creative Education Producer role is led by Jenny Coats, Head of School at Beck Primary School, together with her colleague Amy Willoughby.  This is a freelance, part-time role lasting until March 2022. In this newly created post, their first mission is to facilitate the Why Creativity Matters NOW conversations, and then to push forward connections between arts & cultural Partners and education settings. You can get in touch with Jenny and Amy at

Arts & Cultural Education - Assessing Access in Sheffield Data Report - Follow-up questionnaire

This time last year, Create Sheffield sent a questionnaire that helped map a baseline of arts and cultural learning taking place in schools and communities across Sheffield. A summary of the report is available on our website.

We know that the gap in education has widened. We feel it is critical that arts and cultural organisations have the opportunity to feedback on the impact of the pandemic and national lockdowns on arts and culture activities in schools. This questionnaire follows-up on last year’s findings and provides a unique opportunity to paint a picture of the changes that have happened in arts and culture for children and young people in Sheffield.

Planning an effective response to take us forward after the pandemic relies on a deep understanding of the effects of this last year across Sheffield schools. We would urge as many of you as possible to fill in the questionnaire. Thank you to those of you who have responded already and for taking the time to be part of this journey.

Please take 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire using this link Create Sheffield Arts and Culture Questionnaire

Thank you for your support.

Messages from our Arts and Cultural Partners

Theatre Deli

Join our Board as a Trainee Trustee. We want to hear from you if you are interested in serving on charity boards - whether within the arts or not – or seeking to work within charities, even if that may be a way off for you.

We are not seeking people that already have significant governance experience. You must be over 18 to be our Trainee Trustee. Deadline: Monday 6th September. Find out more.


Theatre Deli have a brilliant line-up of performance and events coming up over the next few months. Here are couple we thought you might find interesting!

  • Thursday 2nd September | TheNobodies presented by Chalk Line Theatre | Socio-political thriller | 12+

  • Too Pretty to Punch presented by Edalia Day | LGBTQIA Poetry | 16+or suitable for trans/gender people of all ages

  • 28/10 | Planet LOL presented by the future is unwritten | Drama | Comedy | 12+

Ignite Imaginations

We're recruiting! We're seeking high quality visual arts and creative writing artist facilitators to join our pool of talented artist facilitators. See our website for full details. Deadline: Friday 17th September 2021


We are Amazelab - putting a fun and creative take on all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths) via educational resources. We provide activity packs, follow along factsheets and videos, online and in person workshops, CPD and consultancy. Like to know more? Contact us

We have some brilliant events coming up at the Cutlery Works, Kelham Island, Sheffield including the Amazelab STEAM Club, a brand new club aimed at 5-11 year olds taking place on the first Sunday of each month 10-11am £10 per child. Take a look using the link below. Plus the Cutlery Works are offering for kids to eat for free 3-6pm Monday - Friday. Find out more.

Sheffield Theatres

Working with Sheffield Theatres over an academic year, the Young Company supports the next generation of ambitious young artists who are serious about developing a career in the arts. We will work with a company of 15 young people aged 18 – 25 who have a clear passion and interest in making art with a group of like-minded individuals. We welcome applications from different types of performers and makers, not just actors – we’d love to see the talent that is out there in the city!

This programme will support the development of skills and explore a range of careers within the industry. Deadline for application is Friday 13 September. For more information visit our website.

Music in the Round

IZZY GIZMO family concert. Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Saturday 23 October 2021 11.00am / 3.00pm Tickets: £11 (discounts available). For 3 – 7 year-olds book here.

Best-selling children’s book, Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, tells the enchanting story of an intrepid young inventor who puts her talents to work to rescue a crow that can’t fly. This brand-new family concert brings Izzy’s mechanical marvels and infectious creative spirit to life! Original music by Paul Rissmann features pots, pans, whistles and household items (as well as orchestral instruments). Together with story-telling and visuals from the book, this concert is a great introduction to live music for children. It’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in.

Nisha Lall Dance

Kaagaz Project   Mini Documentary

The Kaagaz Project (meaning 'paper') was a pilot multi-arts project that engaged young people and families, locally and internationally, with the arts on the theme of the impact of the Partition of India in 1947. This project was in collaboration with Creative Directors Nisha Lall and Salma Zaman.

The documentary above showcases the fantastic work done by the participants over the six weeks online programme. Read more.

Beatrice Lee Knowles

Freelance Visual Artists Beatrice Lee Knowles recently wrote a Story about the brilliant sculpture-themed work she has been doing at Southey Green Primary School Reception pupils. With some beautiful pictures included, we hope you are inspired by the creativity she brought to the class.


IVE invites trained Arts Award advisers from Education settings to attend this information session and explore ideas about how to complete Arts Award Discover alongside Little Amal’s ‘The Walk’. 22nd September 3.45-4.45pm. Register here.

Little Amal is a little girl on a BIG journey. Little Amal is the giant puppet at the heart of The Walk, travelling 8,000km in support of refugees.

In 2021, the 3.5 metre-tall living artwork of a young Syrian refugee child will walk across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK to focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees. Amal arrives in Sheffield on the penultimate stop of her journey on Friday 29th October; arriving into Darnall and walking into the city centre for celebrations.

Calendar 2021

See tags for who is invited!

  • Learning & Participation Session 10-11.30am on September 21st, November 3rd & December 14th A chance for all creative and cultural organisations who work creatively with children, young people, families and communities to come together to network, share experiences, plan together and learn from one another. Open to Create Sheffield Partners, and non-Partners are welcome too. Partners and arts/cultural organisations.

  • Creative Teach-meet November 24th 5-7pm (Hopefully an IN-PERSON EVENT). Create Sheffield works all across the city with colleagues in education settings and with our arts and cultural Partners - but we rarely bring them all together. Join us for an early evening celebration of arts & cultural brilliance, inspiration and stories, together with a pie & pea supper, and guests. Teachers and Partners.

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Create Sheffield is Sheffield’s Cultural Education Partnership. We are supported by IVE, the Arts Council England Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber.

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