The Studio: The Perfect School?

Serpentine Gallery

13 Jun 2017 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM14 Jun 2017 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM15 Jun 2017 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM16 Jun 2017 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The Studio: The Perfect School?

Free, booking required

Limited availability: Register your interest now

Paul Maheke leads a week of performative workshops designed for Year 5 and 6 students to explore alternative school futures.

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Through The Studio we aim to support children in their transition to secondary school by creating a temporary space where children can develop the tools to work together and support one another.

Participating groups will use collaborative movement, drawings and conversation to reflect on their experiences of primary school and explore their expectations about moving to secondary school. Using spaces around the Serpentine, we will articulate our feelings about transition and map out our visions for a perfect school.

Research shows that the majority of children in the UK will have some concerns about the transition from Primary to Secondary School and that one in five will significantly struggle; this can have an impact on children’s self-esteem and emotional wellbeing, in addition to affecting their academic performance.

Artist Paul Maheke developed The Studio: The Perfect School? following his collaboration with children and staff at Gateway Academy in North Westminster.

Sessions last 1 hour & 45 minutes and are available at either 10.00am or 1.00pm on:

  • Tuesday June 13
  • Wednesday June 14
  • Thursday June 15
  • Friday June 16

Bookings are free and open to groups of up to 30 children from years 5 and 6, plus adults.

The Studio: The Perfect School? is movement-based and will lead out onto the park, please be prepared for wet weather.

Participating schools will receive a complimentary The Perfect School? resource, developed by Paul Maheke to support transition back in your school.

Bookings are open now, so register your interest early to avoid disappointment.

The Studio: The Perfect School? is free and open to groups visiting from state-funded schools from the Greater London area.

The Studio builds out from Paul Maheke’s 2015 Moving Up Commission, in which artists, teachers and children came together to reflect on the transition from primary to secondary school. Find out more about Paul's Moving Up Commission here.

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Paul Maheke - The Perfect School image 3

Paul Maheke with Gateway Academy

The Perfect School?

2015

Paul Maheke - The Perfect School image 2

Paul Maheke

The Perfect School?

2015

Photograph: Filip Tulak

Paul Maheke - The Perfect School image 1

Paul Maheke with Gateway Academy

The Perfect School?

2015

Photograph: Filip Tulak