May 30, 2017

Arts Partnership wins a prestigious award, comics included!

The Dukes Cultural Partnership with Lancaster University won the Arts Partnership Award at a ceremony in Preston organised by Curious Minds, dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people in the North West by connecting them with the very best arts, culture and creative learning opportunities.

The Dukes and Lancaster University’s Cultural Partnership won the award in recognition of their work to develop arts, education and learning in Lancaster and to invest in, enrich and sustain the city’s cultural life.

The Dukes Outreach and Learning Manager, Vicky Fletcher said: “We are delighted that our Cultural Partnership, which has been doing lots of valuable work within the community, has been recognised with such a prestigious award.” Professor Andrew Atherton, Lancaster University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor said: “Lancaster University is committed to supporting more people within our community to engage in education. Our Cultural Partnership with The Dukes provides a wide range of people with the opportunity to participate in education and learning in a new and creative way and we are very pleased to see that work recognised with this reward.”

The partnership includes The Comic Project with Dr Natasa Lackovic and Dr Nicola Ingram as academic PIs of the project. The project involves children from two North-West of England (Stepping Stones and Heysham High) schools to engage with Ben Hunt, a comic artist and writer during one semester and create comics to take away home at the end of the project. Educational aims of the project are to explore to what extent and how pupils’ engagement with comic creation, reading and creative expression relate to:

  1. the progress in reading/particular aspects of literacy syllabus
  2. the feeling of self-esteem, confidence and other emotional states

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