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Arts Cafes for members of CCS

Thurs 2nd April, 6-8pm

MediaActive Projects : Adventures with Archives, using archive film creatively with children and young people.

Using the Hidden Treasures of local, regional and international film archives MediaActive Projects has, over many years, worked with children and young people on award winning film productions, cross artform events and visual arts exhibitions. Our current BFI funded programme brings together archive film content and new music/spoken word for event based screenings, exhibition install and cinema.

The Cafe will present an opportunity to enjoy some examples of archive film based work made by children and young people, in and out of the classroom, and hear about opportunities to access, exhibit or work with Adventures in Archives content and programme.

The processes of research, curation, production and exhibition and sharing all involve digital aspects (supporting digital competency and inclusion) and the use of archive film has particular pertinence to museums, galleries, libraries, schools, colleges and festivals and artists working with children and young people.

No experience is needed within digital practice!

Please email Alexa Pugh to book your place:

Venue: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Market Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LG


Thursday 16th April, 6-8pm

Pentabus Rural Theatre Company: working with young people developing writing and theatre making skills.

Pentabus Theatre Company will talk about their approach to Pentabus Young Writers and Pentabus Young Company, we will explore how to recruit and work with older young people and through practical exercises share ideas to enable young people to develop their writing skills and theatre practice. There will be hands-on practical advice and workshops activity to help you take back skills to your own setting.

Pentabus Young Company Theatre’s Young Writers Group is open to anyone who has an interest in writing or theatre-making. There’s no need to have any writing experience to join, just a keen interest in storytelling and a need to talk about how we live. Participants learn about the basic rules of playwriting and creating work for the stage, tutored by professional playwrights, actors, directors and designers. The 9-month programme is FREE and ends with a professional production of each of the Young Writers’ short plays.

Pentabus Young Company is built on the understanding that great work can emerge from being part of a creative community, and this can be difficult to find in rural locations. Pentabus Young Company is designed to create that community with you and for young people. The year-round programme of workshops offers young people the opportunity to meet leading industry professionals, learn new skills and share experiences with other young emerging artists and creatives.

Places are limited so please book, email Alexa Pugh to book your place:

Venue: Pentabus, The Old School, Ludlow, SY8 2JU, parking is available.


Thursday 4th June (venue Tbc)

Virtual Schools: How to positively engage and inspire Looked After Children (LAC) and their carers.

Rose Hooper from Virtual Schools will deliver a session on how to work with and engage LAC, give advice and guidance to help individuals and organisations become more ‘care experienced’, dispelling the myths and breaking down the barriers. Rose will detail what LAC need and how to address carer and child attachment and trauma. Gain practical advice and skills as an arts and cultural practitioner to work with LAC both in and out of school.

Virtual Schools is a local authority team (not an actual school) who ensure LAC receive high quality education across the county, promoting individual achievements and wellbeing, whilst helping improve their lives and access to additional opportunities out of school.

Please email Alexa Pugh to book your place:

Venue (TBC)


Wednesday 15th July, 6-8pm

I-gnition and The Hive: Inclusive Practice: Removing barriers to inclusion within your organisation and/or practice.

Positively engaging children and young people with SEND through arts and cultural practice and ensuring safeguarding for vulnerable young people.

I-gnition and The Hive will be providing guidance on the social model of disability with practical tips and techniques for making your own practice/organisation more inclusive for children and young people.

This Arts Café session is part of Culture Consortium Shropshire (CCS) and PACT Partnership Investment programme…

Please email Alexa Pugh to book your place:

Venue: The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE