Category: Education

Fermynwoods Bulletin: Issue 11

Our Summer 2017 bulletin includes information The Twelfth Player performances at Sixfields Stadium, our Art-Work-Placement programme, Fermynwoods Friends Scheme, a free resource for schools, and more.

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Work Experience

I have been working one day every week at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art for over 3 months as part of my work experience placement, whilst studying my first year of A levels at Prince William Sixth Form in Oundle.

Working with different artists has given me an insight into their knowledge and experience and also opened my mind to the scope that art can cover.

I alternate between working with children and artists at Sudborough Green Lodge, their Centre For Research and Education in the woods, and doing administrative tasks and computer based design at their office in Thrapston.

So far I have developed my skills in working with children and also increased my knowledge of art and creative techniques. Working with different artists has given me an insight into their knowledge and experience and also opened my mind to the scope that art can cover.

Having a better knowledge of art has meant that I have been able to help the students with their work and activities. As the children’s work and attitude can change each week, I have learnt how to adapt activities for each child so that everyone can try to achieve their full creative potential.

During my time in the office I have learned and developed designing skills using computer software such as Photoshop to create a new range of business stationary such as headed paper, business cards and signage.

I really enjoy working with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art as they have given me the chance to have an insight into working in the creative industries, and also to help me to find the direction I want to take after Sixth Form, which is in creative design.

Joe Pendred

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Publication: CE Academy Workshops Annual Report

In recognition of a highly-successful year of workshops at Sudborough Green Lodge, Fermynwoods has produced a beautiful limited-edition book containing information, photographs and analysis on workshop activity with pupils from The CE Academy.

Throughout the 2015/16 academic year we delivered workshops led by a variety of national and international artists for two days every week. These workshops will continue throughout the 2016/17 academic year.

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Fermynwoods Bulletin: Issue 10

Our Summer 2016 bulletin features information about Beyond Seven Mountains, an exhibition in Corby’s woodland, drawing on the way Central and Eastern European fairy tales and folk stories begin; “A long time ago, beyond seven mountains, beyond seven forests”, referring to the way contemporary artists continue the tradition of storytellers, reinventing myths and legends, to create new folklore for our time.

Also featured is I Bring My Body To This Place To Observe The Coming And Going Of Life, Jason Singh’s sound installation which explores themes of home, separation and migration for both people and wildlife.

Plus our Associate Artists programme; Free Exchange On Tour and more…

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Showcasing Young Talent Vol.1

Music produced by students from The CE Academy visiting Fermynwoods to work alongside DJ and producer Daniel ‘Hussla D’ Johnson, has been included on an album showcasing music made by young people.

The album can be listened to, downloaded and shared below.

INMUSIC INMEDIA, Daniel’s business aimed at the development of young people through music workshops, has been pitched as a business idea to Sir Richard Branson for his Voom 2016 business competition. To vote for INMUSIC INMEDIA, please follow the link below:

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Pain and Suffering!

On 6th and 7th June Fermynwoods Contemporary Art’s Education Officer James Steventon; Education Coordinators Emma Davies, Nita Nathwani and Sophie Cullinan; Artist Clare Abbatt; plus Krzysztof Lomonkiewicz from the Complementary Education Academy, will be taking part in the infamous Pain and Suffering Race in order to raise funds for Fermynwoods’ education programme.

Amongst the toughest obstacle courses in the country, the team will be covering over 35 gruelling miles through mud, water and nettles in the grounds of Rockingham Castle.

Please help us reach our fundraising target as we climb walls, carry logs, squeeze through tunnels, and get battered by Rugby players!

To sponsor the team and help support Fermynwoods please visit out Local Giving page:

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Duet is a live recording of a performance by a student from Rowan Gate Primary School and a musician from Sinfonia Viva, using technology to convert the motion of the student’s head and eyes into melody.

This collaboration was facilitated by David Littler and Fermynwoods Contemporary Art as part of Sounding Out.

The recording is released as part of The Mighty CreativesEMerge Day on 14 February 2015 – a regional celebration of arts and culture aimed at children and young people aged 5-25.

The day, which brings together a wide and varied range of arts activities at venues across the East Midlands, is aimed at showing children and young people just how diverse and engaging arts and culture across the region can be.

The recording is available to download for free (or for a donation), in conjunction with the pressing of a limited number of 7″ vinyl editions.

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Award for CE Academy

Congratulations to the CE Academy for winning a £50k government award scheme that recognises schools that help disadvantaged pupils succeed.

Judges commended their programme including the year long arts provision by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art.

CE Academy Arts provision

The academy are one of five national finalists in the special schools and alternative provision category for next year’s Pupil Premium Awards. All finalists will win at least £50,000, with the winning school to be awarded a total prize of £100,000 at a ceremony hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in March next year.

Read Northampton Chronicle & Echo’s article here.

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engage East Midlands Area Group Meeting

Friday 24 January 2014
Sudborough Green Lodge
Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Northamptonshire

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engage Members and colleagues are invited to join East Midland Reps for an Area Group Meeting on Friday 24 January 2014.

The meeting will include an introduction to Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts, followed by a presentation from James Steventon, Education Officer about new technologies in gallery education. Members will be invited to discuss and share examples of good practice. Over lunch there will be a round up of gallery education activity in the East Midlands.

The meeting will take place from 10.30am-1.30pm, in Sudborough Green Lodge, a woodland cottage that houses many of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art’s workshops and residencies. A log fire and refreshments, including a light lunch, will be provided.

To book a place or request further information please contact East Midlands Rep Ruth Lewis-Jones on 0115 8232218, or

Please get in touch with Ruth if you have any special dietary requirements, or with any queries about getting to Fermynwoods.

Sudborough Green Lodge
Fermynwoods Contemporary Art
Fermyn Woods, Harley Way, Brigstock, Kettering, Nothamptonshire NN14 3JD

Access is via a gated track through the woods. Detailed instructions will be sent to you once you have booked a place.

Further information about this location at:

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Nikki Pugh Residency

Following her residency with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Nikki Pugh has put together a comprehensive summary of her time with us including thoughts and images from walks around Corby, Brigstock and Gretton, plus a workshop with Gretton Primary School.

Nikki Pugh - Traces from Skylark Cafe

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Gretton Primary Workshop

Brookfield Plantation walk with David Craddock

Fermyn Woods Walk

Corby Walk

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