Gardner Education

Education Introduction

The Gardner Arts Centre seeks to encourage a spirit of exploration, experiment and adventure at every level of its operations. Alongside the live and visual arts programme, the Gardner Arts Centre has held over 3500 education related events since October 1999.

Our education programme aims to provide the opportunity to access the arts through participation through pre and post show discussions, workshops, resource packs, guided tours and talks to accompany the main in-house programme. Last season included workshops and discussions with The Royal Court, Stan Won’t Dance, Theatre Sans Frontieres and Brighton based company The Shout, to highlight just a few. Children’s theatre forms a regular part of the programme; Company Gavin Robertson brought us a wonderful tale called Message in a Bottle and offered a resource guide of activities to accompany the show. For Christmas, an adaptation of the popular children’s story The Gruffalo’s Child is currently being performed by Tall Stories and is a fantastic opportunity for families to come to the theatre together and introduce younger members of our community to the arts!

The spring Season promises to be as exciting and varied! Vincent Dance Theatre, Henri Oguike, Wim Vandekeybus and Jonzi D will be delivering workshops and discussions to accompany some of the most exhilarating dance in the UK. The renowned People Show take us on a promenade performance; Shared Experience revive the Drama GCSE text Kindertransport; Brighton based company Spymonkey present their new production Bless (developed in conjunction with the Gardner Arts Centre), and Catherine Wheels present their award winning drama Lifeboat.  For details of the education work on offer to accompany the Spring season, please click here.

In association with the University of Sussex’s Centre for Continuing Education, the Gardner Arts Centre runs a life-long learning programme made up of 17 accredited arts courses ranging from Life drawing to Jazz Improvisation.  This programme continues to grow in scope and popularity; recent course additions include Perspectives on Environmental Art. For more info on the courses available at the Gardner Arts Centre, please click here

The Gardner Arts Centre provides a platform for community users to present showcases and exhibitions.  The recent community programme has included Positive Futures (Dance Project with South East Dance Agency and Young people from East Brighton); Brighton & Hove Music and Performing Arts Service; East Sussex Music Service plus showcases and exhibitions by local schools and colleges.     

Our visual arts programme includes an annual community exhibition working in partnership with Same Sky and local schools and family groups.

For more information on the types of Education work which takes place at the Gardner Arts Centre, select one of the links. A copy of the Education Resource guide can be downloaded in pdf format here.

Dec 2006

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