great arts & cultural stuff to do at home


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Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Claire Pennycooke from Dudley Performing Arts - arts lead for Dudley Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Claire: Erasure


Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Claire: Someone who lived in The Magic Faraway Tree

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? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Performing


What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Claire: Reading

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Dudley....

Dudley Council Arts Info


Black Country radio

Radio programems, events, information

Dudley Performing Arts

Events, music lessons

Black Country Touring

Bring theatre, dance & cinema to the heart of communities in the Black Country

Black Country Living Museum

Events, Living museum experiences

Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust

Events, places of interest to visit

Dudley Museums

Interesting places to visit, events

Dudley Zoo

Interesting place to visit, events

Creative Black Country

Project and support for groups to develop creative activities etc.

Click here to read more about arts & culture in Dudley.


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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?

Opportunities to take part in a range of creative activities and experiences with the potential to unlock new skills and talents you never knew you had. A time to let go of the stresses of the day and take some time for yourself to explore different art forms and get creative.

Describe / list your Virtual School’s local arts and cultural offer

Fully funded instrumental tuition in Year 4. Opportunities to make music away from school by joining an ensemble or a choir with children from other schools. Opportunities to take part in projects such as Band in a Day, Come & Play, Layers of Legacy (Black history project) as well as starting an Arts Award and looking at the Artslink Connect & Create offers.

Please describe any particularly effecti​ve or successful partnerships and projects that you currently have/previously have had.

We have worked with a Graffiti artist, a ceramicist from Red House Glass Cone, a glass fusion artist from Dudley Museum and a word poet. In one of our residential homes we have Ed Davies, a singer /songwriter working with a group of children.

What local arts events or venues are you personally looking forward to visiting once they open after the latest lockdown?

Dudley Zoo, Red House Glass Cone, Black Country Living Museum, Canal & Tunnel Trust, our local library, music venues around our area and our local drama groups.