Imaginary Communities

Imaginary Communities Vignette’s

These beautiful vingettes have been produced by our evaluator Dr Becky Parry and illustrated by our design and illustration lead Ruth Dyer. They are an experimentation of storytelling, creative writing and illustration as tools to help us reflect on the impact of our work. Through these mediums, we explore how our unique pedagogies create moments where children take the lead in shaping…

Writing pages of possibilities at Inspiring Happy Writers

On Friday 10 November we partnered up with the fabulous Grimm & Co for our fully-booked CPD event, Inspiring Happy Writers, a practical training day for teachers and artists exploring imaginative approaches to teaching writing. Using drama, visual arts and story-making, this event aimed to give teachers and artists new, creative ideas to inspire young writers in their schools.  The day was…

Making Time (as an act of care)

Making Time: Evaluation blog by Dr Becky Parry, an independent arts educator and the arts evaluation partner for Chol. What is an act of care? The answer to this question may seem simple, but Chol have been asking questions about care in the evaluation of their practice as equal playmakers in Imaginary Communities (IC). Much of the focus of this work has…

Chol in the Netherlands – Part 2

Co-directors Carly and Jess recently visited the Netherlands as part of our Imaginary Communities Intergenerational project, in an aim to share best practice and knowledge with knowledge institute Leyden Academy and cultural organisation, Amphion Theater. Here, Lieke, PHD student at Leyden Academy, tells us more. How the project began At Leyden Academy on Vitality and Aging, we conduct scientific research on various…

Imaginary Communities at Bagshaw Museum

On Tuesday 29 June we went on a day trip to Bagshaw Museum with East Bierley School, one of our second year partners in our Imaginary Communities Caring and Creative Schools project. The project aims to develop greater connections with local museum partners and showcase how Imaginary Communities can be embedded in a number of settings. The activities were centred around intrepid…

Imaginary Teachers’ Club

What is the Imaginary Teachers’ Club? This year we are launching a brand-new programme, the ‘Imaginary Teachers’ Club‘. This is a unique initiative which supports all teachers who have worked with an Imaginary Communities artist before (regardless of whether you have moved schools since we have worked together or not), to continue to develop their creative practice and expertise. We recognise the…

Imaginary Communities Handbook

Imaginary Communities is our unique approach to drama education and promotes play and imagination to aid writing and integrate theatre into the curriculum, nourishing wider learning through drama. Our methods have been developed with, and in support of, teachers and children. To further support teachers and schools with the Imaginary Communities approach, we recently published our Imaginary Communities handbook which provides further…

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