BloomInArt NorthEast CIC deliver creative workshops to capture, develop and encourage young people to find their inner artist and build confidence in their talents and individual style.
Using mediums such as ceramics, textiles, printmaking and sculpture, all delivered by professional artists, we aim to educate and inspire the blooming artists of tomorrow.
We are passionate about the importance of the arts in education. Embracing the arts at a young age can have a positive impact on a child’s overall learning and development. It encourages decision-making, inventiveness, communication and leadership skills.
We believe working with young people will distil a creative discipline and confidence for life.
As an accredited Arts Award Centre we deliver the Arts Award for people aged 5-25.
Arts Award can be achieved across five levels:
An introductory award designed for ages 5+.
Accredited as an entry level three qualification designed for ages 7+.
Level 1 qualification designed for ages 11+.
Level 2 qualification designed for ages 14+
Level 3 qualification designed for ages 16+
In the next 5 years BloomInArt would love to see the Discover and Explore Arts Award in all primary schools in the Tees valley area. This could lead to the continuation at secondary level, with the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards enabling students to develop their initiative, ingenuity and independent learning.
The Gold Award is worth 35 UCAS points and will support university application.
For more information about the Arts Award please visit www.artsaward.org.uk
Emma Wheetman - Director
As co-founder of the company I work with Rachel to promote, plan, deliver and evaluate BloomInArt projects, connecting young people in the North East with the arts and culture.
I am a graduate of the University of Sunderland with broad experience of working in higher and further education, and in community activities and events management. Both rewarding and varied, my work history has enabled me to work closely with local school’s, charities and youth organisations. I have experience of delivering intergenerational projects, working with people of varying ages and ability.
My main role within the company is Arts Award Advisor, working alongside the lead artist to support young people in achieving their Arts Award. Rachel and I have been friends for more years than I dare to remember and it is genuinely exciting to be working with such a creative talent.
I believe that young people have the right to a well-rounded cultural education!
Loves - My family, camping, sewing, dancing (badly) and laughing…….quite loud.
Rachel Laycock - Co-Founder and Resident Artist
Also known as Rachel Gretton Glass, I have worked as a free-lance glass artist for nine years.
I am lucky to have had the support to pursue a career as an Artist and now to begin a new chapter. I love my job and I am passionate about the arts and the abundance of benefits that come with it.
As a freelance artist I specialise in kiln cast glass, producing sculptures for personal commissions, exhibitions and also working as a residential artist within the community on larger site-specific commissions. My work is created through a range of intricate mould making, kiln casting and polishing techniques to create delicate yet powerful pieces.
Over the years I have been a project manager, arts development worker, lecturer, community worker and I am now a mother of three. BloomInArt combines all my passions into one big ball of inspiring and invigorating enjoyment. Of course it is hard work but we generally bounce around in excitement (most of the time).
I am lucky to work in a sector that I love and to be in business with a dear friend. Together I believe we can spark a fascination for the arts in young people and introduce skills, confidence and knowledge to enable young people to realise and celebrate their uniqueness.