The timely development of STEM to STEAM
Last night I was invited to attend an event hosted by Carole Bent, a creative catalyst and Bill Cotton from the BCP council, which bought together 8 local creatives and considered the values of art in the school curriculum. It was held at Talbot Heath school. Led by Angharad Holloway, Talbot Heath already pioneers STEAM education and has recently built an amazing STEAM hub where creativity can be practised in state-of-the-art facilities. I was approached by Angharad to create a sculpture for the Hub and my work symbolically unites principles of science, engineering technology art and maths and stands outside to welcome visitors.
Art should be at the heart of any school curriculum because creativity is the true wealth of a society. It creates results which are greater than the sum of the parts. Design is problem-solving and we need to design STEAM curriculums for schools which enrich lives. Guests included Angharad Holloway, Head of Talbot Heath school, Emma Hunt, Deputy Vice -Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth, Arabella Lewis-Smith, MD of Salad, Paul Giddens from Daler-Rowney, Timo Peach, composer and Mark Howell Deputy Leader BCP Council.
Thanks to Carole and Bill for an inspiring evening and I’m looking forward to helping develop further.