Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion
We asked Rachael Bignall - arts lead for Coventry Virtual School - about her arts interests:
Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?
Rachael: King – Love & Pride Tour, Apollo theatre Coventry – AMAZING!!!
Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?
Rachael: Marty McFly from Back to The Future – so I can travel through time
Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…
Dance or watch TV? Dance
Art gallery or cinema? Art Gallery
Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Perform
What is your favourite arts activity to do ?
Rachael: Read a good book
Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Coventry....
Theatre and studio space staging in-house and professional touring dance, drama, music and comedy productions, with particular support for community projects
Micro animation studio creating animated digital content, alongside facilitating animation workshops, courses, clubs and birthday parties both in house and on location.
Positive Youth Foundation
Aim to raise the aspirations and life chances of young people who are facing challenging circumstances, including through arts & culture
The Belgrade is the largest professional theatre in Coventry and acts as both the city and region’s commercial and producing theatre. Also highly respected for its community and education initiatives.
Physical theatre - outdoor and indoor performances that tell stories through movement, gesture and dance. Stories inspired by humanity, science, and the complex world around us
Use nonverbal physical theatre to collaborate with Young People with Learning Disabilities, creating quality art which reflects and celebrates their unique creativity.
Coventry Cultural Education Partnershive have created a fantastic 100 Brilliant Ideas book to get you creating. You can download the PDF here:
What does your Virtual School believe that ARTS (music, dance, drama, art, literature, digital, etc) and CULTURE (museums, libraries, historic places of interest etc) offer your young people?
Coventry Virtual School believe that the arts provide memorable, immersive learning experiences, provoke imagination, introduce unknown worlds and subject matter, and offer unique environments for our young people to learn. It’s an opportunity to expose children to experiences and explore new things. Through interactive exhibits, drama and hands-on play, children have the ability to take ownership of their own learning and develop and explore their own curiosities. This unique exposure provides the foundation for creativity, critical thinking, and connection to the world around them.
Describe / list your Virtual School’s local arts and cultural offer
Coventry Virtual School offer a wide range of activities including: Theatre trips, Drama, Dance, Music, Puppetry, Animation, Arts & various holiday club activities including craft & cookery. I would highly recommend Let’s Animate, an animation studio in Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, where young people can create fantastic animations using all sorts of medium. Also, The Chocolate Shed, where young people can make various different yummy things using chocolate 😊
Please describe any particularly effective or successful partnerships and projects that you currently have/previously have had.
We’ve worked closely with Helen O’Grady Drama Academy who have put on various activities for us during school holidays. These sessions have proved extremely popular and Gemma who runs them is able to tailor the sessions to our narrative. Some of the sessions have included: transition work for our Year 6 to Year 7 building resilience & growing confidence through drama. We’ve also explored ‘Art’s against Violence’ recreating scenarios around bullying & violence and also a special FX make up session which our young people loved!
What local arts events or venues are you personally looking forward to visiting once they open after the latest lockdown?
Personally, I’m really looking forward to taking a trip to the West End in London to see a show! Myself & a few friends usually do this every year around Christmastime and have missed out the past 2 years so can’t wait to feel the buzz of a live show!