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Wisbech children achieve Arts Award qualification

Wisbech primary school pupils are developing their artistic talent in the run up to Wisbech Reads Festival and Summer Reading Challenge

This summer, 300 children from Wisbech primary schools are taking part in arts workshops at Wisbech Library and Museum to develop their creativity and interest in arts and receive Arts Award Discover certificates.

The “Arts Award Discover” days are offering an opportunity for Year 3 pupils from six local primary schools to experience a variety of creative activities, have fun with art and drama, and work with artists and professionals in one jam-packed day.

Developed as part of ‘The Library Presents’ in partnership with 20Twenty Productions, this exciting programme for children and young people has been planned in conjunction with the Wisbech Reads Festival which is taking place from 10 to 12 July. Pre-school and primary school aged children will also be encouraged to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge which kicks off in libraries on 14 July. Readers of all abilities can sign up at their local library and this year’s theme is ‘Mischief Makers’, in partnership with The Beano.

Workshops have already taken place at Orchards Primary School, St Peters Junior School and Nene and Ramnoth Primary School in June. Three more sessions are scheduled in July in Kinderley Community Primary and Alderman Payne Primary School (9 July) and Peckover Primary School (18 July). 

One of the participating teachers said, “It’s great to do arts activities in the Library and Museum, it shows just how versatile the space is and makes the children feel they’re really welcome.”

Cllr Mathew Shuter, Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council said: “Through our ‘The Library Presents’ programme we are committing to inspire young children to grow their arts and leadership talents. We are very proud to work with these Wisbech primary schools to help hundreds of pupils gain their Arts Award certificates. We look forward to welcoming all the children to Wisbech Library for the Summer Reading Challenge and an exciting autumn season of ‘The Library Presents’.”

‘The Library Presents’, funded by Arts Council England, will launch their autumn season of arts events for all ages in libraries, including Wisbech Library in August. The autumn season programme and tickets will be available from August www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts  

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