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Visual Arts and Artists in Schools

I understand people are busy and appreciate that you may only be able to give, if any, a little time to share your valuable knowledge with students. You are not expected to give your time for free, schools approach and contract you and you have every right to say “too busy” if the time is not right. You are under no obligation!

The Aim of the Artists in Schools Programme

Artists Alliance has been contracted by the Ministry of Education to co-ordinate and provide a curriculum support service in the visual arts for secondary school students. This initiative seeks to enrich the teaching and learning in visual arts in secondary schools nationally, by strengthening the links between the schools and the arts community. I am contracted as the National Secondary Schools Arts Coordinator - the Visual Arts. The programme, titled ‘Artists in Schools’, primarily focuses on opportunities that link the two.

Artists are not required to “teach” – that is the job of the teacher, who plans a lesson around you!

The artist’s role is to be the modeller – to demonstrate, just by being who they are, doing what they do in the way they do it, a living tangible example of arts practice. The teacher will tell you exactly what the aims are and how you fit into that.

How the Artists in Schools Programme is Run


· A website has been designed to support the programme. It is a work in progress and provides information on visual arts opportunities, a developing database of artists, reference material and a communication link.

· Newsletters go out to all schools highlighting good practice model to encourage teachers and thank artists (also to give the artists more profile in the secondary school sector which can help their career). It also lists participating artists with examples if work and short biographies.

Liaising Between Artists and Secondary Schools

  • Artist participation could take various forms depending on what teachers need

  • Artists are to be paid by the recipient school in recognition of their contribution. This is to be negotiated between the two parties

  • Procedures and protocols developed by Creative New Zealand and the Ministry of Education are provided for the benefit of both the visiting artist and the school community.

    If you are interested in giving some of your time to the project, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours sincerely
    Emma Pratt
    Emma Pratt
    National Secondary Schools Co-ordinator: Visual Arts
    Artists Alliance
    1 Ponsonby Road
    New Zealand
    09 376 7285
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