Tuesday, 22 August 2017

If you're an artist, educator or learner, we're keen to know your thoughts on our new learning strategy, which we're developing right now.

1623 workshops in Botswana © British CouncilJamie Brown, 1623 learning coordinator, says:

"The learning strand of 1623 is constantly changing. We plan workshops with artists, educators and learners; we collaborate with other arts and education organisations; we approach exciting artists and facilitators to work with us; we coordinate and facilitate activities in a range of locations; we evaluate, enjoy success and find out what we need to do to improve.

Next year is the final year of our current learning strategy. It's an exciting time, as it gives us the chance to look ahead to the next three years - refocusing, honing and seeking new possibilities while learning from what has gone before.

As part of this process, Ben [Spiller, 1623 artistic director] and I had the pleasure recently of meeting up with Derby Theatre's Head of Learning, Caroline Barth. It was a fabulous opportunity to sit down with Caroline and swap stories of good practice that, in turn, sparked off new, spontanaeous ideas, even during the short time that we were together.

1623 workshops across the UK © 1623Conversations have led to some of 1623's biggest successes over the years. Alongside our artistic and creative colleagues in our home city of Derby and beyond in the UK, Africa and the US, we are delighted to say that we are in good company. The future is bright.

Our conversation with Caroline was made possible with the support of The Big House, a new organisational development programme supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

If you're an artist, educator or learner and interested in working with us, we'd love to know your thoughts on the current draft of the new strategy. If you contact me to register your interest, I'll send you the draft strategy and ask for your feedback to make it the best it can possibly be for you and the people who you represent.

I am confident that we can work together to make something truly inspirational for everyone involved. Please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and I look forward to our conversation."


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