MAKE YOUR FUTURE 2019
When it comes to clay, you have to get your hands dirty.
For the past year, the staff and students of BA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins have been working with eight local schools, as part of the Crafts Council’s Make Your Future programme, to ignite and inspire young people with the power of making. From traditional hand-building to cutting-edge digital processes, their workshops injected making and mess into the schoolroom, introducing the participants to the world of clay.
The window display is an installation of a selection of the achievements of those young students, the makers of the future.
Craft education in schools is in crisis: pressure on school budgets and a devaluation of creative subjects has seen a sharp decrease in the time, space, and resources dedicated to art, craft, and design subjects in school. Student participation in art GCSEs has fallen by 35% from 2010-2018, with the numbers taking Design Technology falling by 57%.
Make Your Future is a Crafts Council project that aims to reignite a passion for making in schools by creating opportunities for students and teachers to learn new traditional craft skills and its natural links to STEM subjects. The project is creating networks that bring together Higher Education Institutions, cultural partners, secondary schools, and makers to develop craft learning opportunities. By embracing new craft technologies, the project shines a light on craft as a cross-curricular bridge which draws together science, technology, and creative subjects.
In the first three years of MYF, we have worked in 63 schools in London, Birmingham and Yorkshire, with 117 teachers to engage over 4280 pupils. Five of these schools have been special schools.
In all regions professional makers have worked alongside teachers to deliver
workshops in schools. Makers have carried out audits of school equipment and supported teachers to put under-used resources to work and offer students new experiences of making.
The third year of the project has seen 24 new schools in Leeds, London, and Birmingham take part in the project. We hope that the networks and resources created through the project will help to re-establish craft and making as an essential part of secondary education in the UK.
With grateful thanks to John Lyon’s Charity for its support of Make Your Future in Greater London