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Launch Day – 7th October 2021
Our exciting new arts project started with a fantastic launch assembly. Eight artists introduced themselves to the children and school leaders read extracts from their favourite poems. We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Gail Smith, as well as four of our Trustees. The Lord Mayor said she would come again later in the year to see how the project has progressed. Councillor Zahira Naz also popped in during the day to see the fun the children were having. The principal and the leader of the project, Rommi Smith, were also interviewed on Radio Sheffield. Click here to listen to the interview.
The theme of our art project is: celebrating who our children are and where they come from. It is a year-long project involving all classes working with different artists on a variety of projects which will result in the creation of a music / spoken word album, a film of the project and a published book of children’s work.
On Thursday children were treated to taster sessions with some of the artists who will be working with us throughout the year; after school staff attended a song-writing training workshop. The staff learnt lots of new skills which will help them with their future teaching.
One of the main aims of the project is that staff are upskilled for the forthcoming years and that children experience opportunities that they will never forget. Watch this page to see how the project develops and to learn about the outstanding provision our children will be experiencing.
Introducing the artists
is out Project Lead artist and an award-winning writer. The first Poet-in-Residence for British Parliament and the first twenty-first century Writer-in-Residence for Keats House – she is also a three-time BBC Writer in Residence.
Thandanani (Thanda) Gumede
is a singer-songwriter from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and is based in the U.K. He is a vocalist who specialises in an eclectic blend of singing styles heavily influenced by his dual Zulu/Xhosa heritage with Western music.
is a professional actor and entrepreneur based in Leeds. His screen credits include DCI Banks; Intergalactic for Sky One and the TV series Green Fingers.
is songwriter, band leader and a freelance composer.
is an artist & broadcaster for Bettersongs Productions, with over 10 years’ experience in both broadcasting and business
is a musical director, composer, lyricist, vocalist, keyboard player and percussionist.
is Sheffield’s poet laureate. Warda Yassin is a British-born Somali poet based in Sheffield. She was a winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize. Her work has been published in The North, Oxford Poetry and anthologised in Verse Matters (Valley Press), Anthology X (Smith l Doorstep).
is a British-Nigerian director of photography from Sheffield. Her work focuses on film and documentation, collaborative art, identity, race, and class and all the ways these labels can intersect.
Ndrika will be recording a documentary of the whole project.
Hafsah Aneela Bashir
is a Manchester-based poet, playwright, storyteller and performer and winner of the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship 2019. She is passionate about championing voices outside the mainstream, challenging the gatekeepers of knowledge and increasing diverse representation within the arts.
is a poet/spoken word artist/rapper based in Sheffield, who runs spoken word events in the city. He is the director of literature organisation ‘Wordlife’. He has performed widely across the UK, including venues such as the Tate Modern, The Crucible Theatre and the National Media Museum.