Every Child Matters conference

Photography: Bee Farrell (SCVA)
Photography: Bee Farrell (SCVA)
Photography: Bee Farrell (SCVA)
Photography: Bee Farrell (SCVA)

The conference  focused on the value of creativity in the lives of ‘looked after children’ and the day included a fascinating talk by  Professor Anne Bamford  on the physical and social development of children and a dissemination of the research on the role of museums in the lives of foster children by Kevin Harris called ,’I didn’t know I could’. The outreach team from The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts provided taster experiences of the creative and social opportunities on offer in a choice of workshops. The 90 minute workshop began with a flavour of a world art object handling session, looking at unfamiliar pieces and sharing responses through talk, drawing and writing. It was acknowledged by many of the delegates that such an experience would be very positive for looked after children, who may find the object as the focus rather than themselves comforting. After the handling and responses session it was noted that carers could develop their own collections and use these with children to elicit creative and original responses. Next we moved onto some of the activities that regularly run within the centre for children and their families, these often relate to the temporary exhibitions and/or the objects in the centre. A practical making session finished off the taste of what the centre can offer.