Helping Ipswich children “Tell Their Story”

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We’re excited to hear about the projects Ipswich schools, colleges and nurseries are putting in place with their funding from the “Tell Your Story” fund. The grants enable education settings to work with artists and arts organisations in the Ipswich area on projects that develop children’s emotional literacy or oracy. The Ipswich Cultural Education Partnership (ICEP) has been a key partner in bringing schools and artists together, and on Wednesday 2nd March we’ll be getting an update from the project leads on how their projects are shaping up.  Here’s just a taster of the 32 projects that are being developed:

  • Clifford Road Primary are working with local artist Lisa Temple Cox on a project called “Bringing the Past to Life”, creating an 8-metre mural telling the story of their school during WW2 through the eyes of our children.
  • Ipswich Academy are working with Rock, Paper, Scissors to create the “Mindfulness and Thoughtfulness Creativity Hub” (MATCH) – a dynamic space in a decommissioned bus on site for students to drop in for drawing sessions to help provide moments of calm for students under stress.
  • Rainbow Bright Nursery are working with Baby Sense and Rock Paper Scissors on a project called “Let Your Hands Do The Talking” with 24 weeks of singing, art installations and sign language – encouraging nursery aged children to express their emotions and feel positive about their hands after so much of their early years spent washing and sanitising.
  • Pupils at Westbridge Academy will work with Slide Productions to create a series of short films to tell their own personal stories.

If you are an artist or educator, and you would like to join us for our session on 2nd March at 4pm to hear how these projects are shaping up please email

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