How to… Curate Participatory Art Projects – Schools and Teachers

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    Installation workshop view of MATT+FIONA: Room For Art, Whitechapel Gallery, 2017. Photo: Rob Harris

Past Event

This event was on Fri 28 Jun, 10am – 5pm

Join Whitechapel Gallery’s Schools and Teachers Curator Kirsty Lowry and Primary School Teacher Ben Jones for this one day workshop, looking at innovative ways to engage Schools and Teachers with your organisation. The course will provide practical advice and case studies to showcase how to develop creative and effective programmes to support and extend learning across curricular. Course content applies to primary and secondary schools.

We will also be joined by a guest speaker to discuss the perspective of a partner school.

You will learn about:

  • Building creative partnerships with schools and teachers.
  • Using contemporary art and exhibitions as an inspiring and cross-curricular teaching and learning resource.
  • Commissioning new work in collaboration with artists and schools.


Early bird discount
Book before 31 May and save 20%. Use code: EARLYBIRD20

Art Fund bursaries are available for this course. Find out more.

About Kirsty Lowry

Kirsty Lowry has worked as an Education Curator for over ten years and is currently Curator: Schools and Teachers at Whitechapel Gallery, developing artist-led workshops and projects for children and young people as well as teachers’ professional development and training. Recent projects include Plantón Móvil (2018), Matt+Fiona: Room for Art (2017) and an ongoing programme strand that investigates the combined pedagogical use of contemporary art and philosophy.

Kirsty previously held the post of Head of Education at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, has worked as a Freelance Education Curator and more recently as part of the innovative schools programme at Bow Arts.

About Ben Jones

Ben Jones has been a teacher for 11 years , presently working at Mayflower Primary School in Tower Hamlets. He currently teaches year 3 and 4, is phase leader for lower key stage 2 and leads creative arts at the school. He completed his PGCE at Goldsmiths, University of London and studied Fine Art at the University of Northumbria. For the last 4 years he has worked as an AND Advocate to advise on and advocate for arts and cultural education, represent A New Direction and support other schools in developing their arts and culture offer. Ben has collaborated with the Whitechapel Gallery on a number of schools projects, most recently with artist Mikhail Karikis on the exhibition ‘No Ordinary Protest’, 2018.