What it is:
The Lab was installed at Churchfield School in South London and was visited by many other local schools. 10 pieces of Primitive Streak were displayed and the figure called Amygdala, a part of Mental that is A 7ft high book which you can walk into and add your own thoughts and emotions to the pages. A catalogue of the Lab’s outcome was produced.
On one of the visits 3 teachers from Thomas Tallis School came to the Lab; between them they represented the arts and biology. Inspired by the visit and its impact on their students, they decided to set themselves a challenge and set up “Teacher Exchange”. The science teachers would deliver the art curriculum and the art teacher the science.
What it is doing now:
“Teacher Exchange” was a great success and has led to other teachers within the school carrying out the same cross-curricular exchanges. In many ways it has contributed to ‘whole school change’ and evidenced the power of creativity naturally in action across different subject domains. The documentary made of their experience and it’s impact on teaching and learning is being distributed across the UK. The “Creative Lab“ concept has been extended to the East Midlands, serving Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield and Bolsover and Leicester. In Bristol, artist Kamina Walton has taken on the concept and exhibiting work in a hospital has delivered it through her own work on mental health.