Arts Day Celebrates Platinum Artsmark Application
Monday, 11 June 2018
A Creative Arts Day at Bolton School Boys’ Division and Manchester Art Gallery, involving several recent leavers, offered enrichment to boys and celebrated the recent submission of School’s Case Study for Platinum Artsmark status.
Former pupil Hadley Stewart, now a successful journalist, started proceedings by speaking to able, gifted and talented pupils in Y10 about how to get ahead in journalism, including writing for men’s health and medical publications and on diversity matters. Alex Greenhalgh, a social entrepreneur who left Bolton School in 2014, offered a similarly interactive session when he addressed the winners of the School’s in-house SPACE entrepreneurial competition about setting up Community Integrated Care (CIC) and his work within homeless communities. The morning concluded with an engaging workshop from screenwriter Jon Brackley, who includes Spooks and Humans among his credits, who told the boys that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to come up with new ideas but the trick is to tell an old story differently and to try and put a twist on it. In a short exercise, he helped boys develop their own ‘blockbuster’ script and commended them on their use of humour, which he said is an integral part of hard-hitting drama.
In the afternoon, boys from across Years 8, 9 and 10 worked with RoughHouse Young Company as they carried out final rehearsals of their play My Room, My Bolton, a play inspired by Bolton’s part in the 1930s Mass Observation Project, ahead of its debut performance that evening in a ‘gallery takeover’ event at Manchester Art Gallery. The play celebrates the town, the people and its places and the talented actors performed it as they opened an Alumni event at the art gallery. The creative arts were further celebrated on the evening through performances from a string quartet and ukulele ensemble, as well as immersive theatre in the form of wandering characters Prospero (Year 13 student Mohammad Master) and Mephistopheles (Alumnus Alex O’Loughlin), practical print projects and dance. All this preceded a keynote presentation from former pupils Mark Radcliffe (BBC broadcaster) and Tony Wadsworth (former CEO and Chairman of EMI) along with compere Adam Woolley (BBC). Wrapping up a day of creative enrichment, Alex Greenhalghoffered up photography from his Stories from the Streets project and former pupils Iman Orths, Adam Ekuiba and James Barker all sang at the networking event.
Headmaster Philip Britton said: "This was an excellent way to mark our achievements with Artsmark and a statement of intent about the importance of the arts in our curriculum and for the ethos of the school."
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