As part of our ICA-Perform offer, this week we had the privilege of taking our Year 10 Arts and Cultural Ambassadors to Sheffield to work in a number of their Arts venues. We began the day by visiting the National Videogame Museum. We spent the first couple of hours exploring the museum and looking at how they have curated video games from the last few decades, which included getting to play them. Some of us learnt skills on Rockband to the point that we might enter them for music grade exams in the future and some were cracking PacMan. However, none of us were able to master the game DanceStage – far too many left feet amongst us.
After spending time exploring the breadth of Arts and Culture, we made our way to the Montgomery Theatre. This was a little known venue to us that specialises in children and family but is steeped in centuries of history. Students got an opportunity to talk with a whole range of artists from music managers, photographers and writers amongst others to enable them to find out about career pathways and opportunities within the arts. Following this, students had the chance to learn new skills, some opting for creative writing and others choosing to explore the visual arts medium of foil relief.
All in all it was a highly productive and informative day that will support the students in gaining their Silver Arts award (equivalent to a GCSE qualification) and we look forward to taking our Year 9 Cultural Ambassadors to go and work with Music-in-the-Round next week.”