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Introduction to Burberry Inspire

Burberry Inspire is an exciting four-year programme of arts and cultural experiences designed to nurture young people’s creative ambition and showcase the positive impact engagement in the arts can have on young people’s lives.

Burberry Inspire brings together eight schools in Yorkshire with four prominent arts organisations: Leeds PlayhouseNorthern BalletThe Hepworth Wakefield  and  Leeds Young Film, providing 4500 students with hands-on, in-depth experiences of theatre, dance, art and film.

Through an inspiring Artist-in-Residence programme in each school we deliver cultural experiences, workshops, creative projects and events for their school communities.

“This is a great resource; I am really pleased the students get this opportunity. You are giving them experiences that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.” Art teacher working with The Hepworth Wakefield

The impact of the four-year programme is being studied by researchers from The Policy Institute at King’s College London, generating valuable evidence about the positive effects creative learning has on students’ personal and academic development.

Burberry Inspire is delivered in partnership with The Burberry Foundation and Ideas Foundation.

Year 1 - Airedale Academy and Castleford Academy

Over the first year of the Burberry Inspire programme The Hepworth Wakefield partnered with two Wakefield schools, Airedale Academy and Castleford Academy, working with over 1200 key stage 3 students to explore the theme ‘Inspire Heritage.

All students were welcomed to the gallery for cultural experience days, enjoying a variety of workshops and meaningful experiences of sculpture and art.

During creative projects in school, students worked with our Artists-in-Residence to explore a wide range of artistic processes and mediums. Young people also took part in weekly after-school clubs, supported by artists to produce their own artwork and develop their confidence to showcase this at the end of year cultural runway.

“Working with artists from The Hepworth made me feel awesome … I want to be like them, this is what I want to do.” Student involved in Year 1 of the programme

Year 2 - Dixons Unity Academy and Leeds East Academy

In Year 2 The Hepworth Wakefield worked with 1000 key stage 3 students from Dixons Unity Academy and Leeds East Academy. Exploring the theme of ‘Inspired Journeys‘, students worked with our Artist-in-Residence across a series of gallery visits, in-school projects and after-school clubs to experiment with new processes and techniques in art and photography.

“Working with the artists has taught me to have confidence in my skills. It’s made me feel creative and inspired.” Student involved in Year 2 of the programme

During the Covid-19 UK lockdown, students continued their creative journey at home during a six-week project with weekly artist-led films and activity sheets. Students took part in a range of accessible, creative activities that developed their mark making techniques and sculptural understanding, culminating in a mini-exhibition in their home showcasing their creative outcomes.

Year 3 - South Craven School and University Academy Keighley

During Year 3, The Hepworth Wakefield will be working with Keighley students from South Craven School and University Academy Keighley. Students will take part in cultural experience days with the gallery, and work with practising artists in our Artist-in-Residence in school, engaging in creative workshops, projects and after-school clubs.

We will explore the theme ‘Inspired Places’ considering what place means to young people today and how sense of place inspires artists, including the influence the Yorkshire landscape had on artists like Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

About the partners

Leeds Playhouse will help students explore their sense of what it means to represent the future of Yorkshire today with the opportunity to work with voice coaches, public speakers and performers.

Leeds Young Film will run filmmaking related workshops to develop transferable skills including documentary, music video, vlogging and art film; developing the students’ technical abilities, problem solving and creative communication.

Northern Ballet will introduce the students to creative dance, developing their confidence and team working skills and helping them to discover different ways to express themselves through a universal language of movement for diverse communities.

The Hepworth Wakefield will support students to explore the relationship between place, emotion and identity, and provide an opportunity for the students to express themselves through a range of creative mediums, from printmaking to sculpting.

The Burberry Foundation is an independent charity set up by Burberry Group plc. It is dedicated to using the power of creativity to drive positive change in communities. It partners with leading organisations to promote the STEAM agenda, tackle educational inequality, reduce waste and support social and economic development.

Ideas Foundation are an education charity that helps lead the creative, tech and communications industry in a more diverse direction, by inspiring and nurturing young talent.

Find out more about our Schools Programme