Visual & Performing Arts & Media Curriculum Area Meeting

December 9th ~ Nottingham Contemporary

Lindsey and I were charmed to be invited to join the Area Curriculum Team for the Region. The meetings seem to be held at arts venues all across the East Midlands. This December it was the turn of Nottingham Contemporary to play host and what a mixed experience it turned out to be.

Top marks for the gallery space and the fantastic carrot cake. Slightly less than top marks for the friendly and helpful welcome from the front of house staff.

The meeting was concerned with two main points. Firstly a review of the recent New Walk exhibition in Leicester. The second main point was a discussion and review of a proposed new peer support programme (or PSP as I like to think of it because that kind of thing amuses me!) aimed at informal peer learning for tutors. The programme is due to be piloted soon so I am not going to go into any great detail, suffice to say that it looks very exciting and I for one will be watching its progression very closely. A quick round table with the Area 6 tutors was well received so the very best of luck to the PSP pilot and soon may it go mainstream.

Just heard from Martin that the pilot is a Peer Training Programme NOT a Peer Support Programme – sadly this makes my notion of PSP redundant however it is much better news for tutors as training beats support hands down!


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