Strange Bedfellows – Creativity and the Curriculum
[Note: This film contains material recorded by the participants]
“The project ‘Strange Bedfellows?: Creativity and Analysis in an Age of Austerity’ was set up by York postgraduate students in 2012 to investigate how academic study and creative practice can, and should work together in an increasingly difficult economic climate. As one branch of this project, Sophie Coulombeau (PhD, University of York) and collaborator Alys Mostyn (PhD, University of Leeds) organised a series of workshops between research students at the Universities of York and Leeds and Year 12 students at Huntington School, which were funded by Humanities Centres at the two universities, and by the school itself.
Sophie says, “The workshops programme was born from the idea that when when we talk about secondary or higher education reform, we never seem to ask the rising generation – those who will be most affected by changes – what they think about them. The brilliant young people at Huntington had a huge range of perceptive thoughts about creativity, Michael Gove’s proposed changes to secondary education, and their own academic and career aspirations. It was an eye-opening experience working with them, and we want to publicise their contribution as widely as possible. Policymakers across government and education need to be listening to this stuff.”
York Festival of Ideas recently hosted an exhibition showcasing Huntington students’ creative projects including art, sculpture, poetry and music, which were produced in response to the theme ‘Creativity and Analysis in an Age of Austerity’. The exhibition had 160 visitors in two days, and the organisers have received enquiries about rolling out the project to other UK cities and abroad.”
June 19, 2013