Resources – Making Sense

Making Sense brings educators, researchers and young people together to explore themes of recovery, inclusion and anti-racism through creative practise and conversation.

Our shared resources are a collaborative collection of text, images, videos, podcasts, projects and research relating to the themes explored in Making Sense. This page is always changing and growing, with new content and research being regularly added. We welcome additional content that is relevant, inspiring, educational or informative through the submission page below.

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POoR Collective: How to make change in your local area

Shawn Adams from POoR Collective spoke to us about how you can positively impact your neighbourhood for a video as part of the Making Sense Clued Up series. Find out about POoR’s recent project with young people to create a community mural in South West London and gain some top tips for setting up your own project.

The RSA: How to be an anti-racist educator

RSA education director Laura Partridge is joined by Zahra Bei and Rodeane Henry-Grant, Coalition of Anti-Racist Educators; Sarah Brownsword, lecturer in education, UEA; and Daniel Kebede, senior vice-president, NEU, to share perspectives on what we need now to turn the discourse of anti-racism into the practical, sustained, everyday actions that will be vital to securing a fair education for everyone.

POWER PORTRAITS

by Harris Girls Academy, East Dulwich

Yr12 artists exploring how power was communicated throughout Western art history. Who was generally seen as powerful? What did they look like? How this was communicated? And can those same methods be used to reimagine and retake such histories.

A girl sits dressed all in white reading. There are books on the ground beside her and a dramatic curtain in the backdrop A girl looks off to the right. She has long black hair and is wearing a hat and a red shirt. There is a bamboo cane standing beside her.

Conversation around cultural capital, Clare Stanhope

This film explores Clare Stanhope’s ongoing journey and interrogation of art education and cultural capital. From the fundamental right of every child and young person to explore their creativity, Clare looks at the knowledge, new challenges and gaps in the ‘art adventure’, as well as the vital contributions art, craft and design as well as cultural capital make to our lives, industry and economy.

Ollie Olanipekun: What does it take to be a creative director?

We spoke to Ollie Olanipekun, founder of flock together and creative agency futur impose. He shared 5 tips and insights about the industry with us as part of the Making Sense Clued Up series. Tune in to hear more about skillsets required for the job, strategy and self-care.

The Black Curriculum Presents: Sounds of Black Britain podcast

Sounds of Black Britain is a podcast where music is used as an educational resource to understand the Black British experience. Cultural powerhouse Julie Adenuga and special guests deep dive into the musical history of Black Britain. This immersive podcast series celebrates the culture and education of Black Britain and the music it has brought us!

UAL: Colonial Bombay

This is a video work by artist and poet Hansika Jethnani made for the launch of the second Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zine.

 

i-DJ: BBC ‘My Yard’ Mix

The BBZ ‘My Yard’ mix is a collection of sounds that speaks to the Afropunk generation, the late 80’s and 90’s babies. This is  a sonic exploration of a space BBZ curated, traveling through each room of the installation and era each room is set.

Girls in Conversation

This fly-on-the-wall community video records groups of young women in conversation with each other. The first gathering is a group of young black women laughing, having fun and discussing relationships, society and where their parents emigrated from, they also attempt to teach each other French and German and dance. The video continues to examine a group of white girls discussing life’s issues whilst playing ping-pong. The footage ends with a scene of older women talking to each other and making tea.

Black Power – a British Story of Resistance with director George Amponsah 

BAFTA-nominated documentary film-maker George Amponsah speaks with historian Rosie Wild about hiswork, Black Power: a British Story of Resistance.

The Black Curriculum Report 2021

Decolonization in Action Podcast: What it means to be Black in the Union Jack

Edna Bonhomme and Dr. Christienna Fryar discuss the history of Britain and the Caribbean and what it means to be teaching 500 years of Black British history. Recognizing that Black British history has only recently starting to gain institutional support in the British academy, Dr. Fryar puts institutional practices in context, discussing how history departments have for so long separated the colonial history of the British Empire from British domestic history as well as marginalized histories of migration within the UK and intellectual contributions of Black Britons.

UAL: Anita Waithira Israel: Omitted & Making Histories

Anita Waithira Israel is a multi-disciplinary artist, with a focus on photography, painting, and sculpting. Anita uses her photography to challenge negative depictions of race, raise awareness for her community and amplify marginalised voices in society.

UAL: Decolonising the Arts Curriculum

This first Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zine from UAL was collated and curated by Hansika Jethnani, Lucy Panesar and Rahul Patel. It was printed and published in June 2018.

The zine was (and is) aimed at both students and staff, as a tool for raising awareness and opening up conversations that will allow people to take things further in their creative and pedagogic practices.

 

NSEAD: Anti-Racist Art Education Checklist

To be actively anti-racist means opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance. Racism is real and it is experienced in every school, academy and college in this country. NSEAD holds that art education must not be racist. It is therefore challenging every educator to critically review and revise their curriculum. This checklist is designed to encourage self-reflection with the aim to make our subject actively anti-racist

Decolonization in Action Podcast: Our Histories are not Missing

In this episode Edna Bonhomme is in conversation with Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro. Mba Bikoro’s work analyses processes of power & science fictions in historical archives critically engaging in migrational struggles & colonial memory focusing on queer indigenous and feminist biopolitics.

The Decolonial Podcast: Us, You & The Microaggression Hotline

The Decolonial Podcast is a place for open conversations with BIPOC and allies as we strive to understand the truth of our colonial past and how this intersects with how society functions today. In the pilot episode, meet our co-hosts Natasha & Maya, talk about why they’re doing this, and what to expect.

Britishness Project by Harris Girls Academy, East Dulwich 

The Britishness project came about in response to the Governments promotion of British values as being integral to the teaching standards and the drive to embed them in curriculum. This project confronts the need to consider what ‘Britishness’ means and how that relates to us as a school. The project is a collaboration between yr 8 artists where they work together to recreate the elements of the Union Jack.The blue sections are comprised of dyed fabrics that the students bring from home and therefore imbued with family and cultural associations. The white section is made up of letters written to a refugee and the red section is made up of cultural patterns representative of the artists in the class room. The flag is then used as a back drop to develop more performative elements. The balls of paper are the remnants of a performance create by each class, where strands of newspapers are tied together in one long thread, linking all the artists together, before being coiled up into class balls and exhibited around the flag. This element represents community and how each individual contributes to society through working together. As the strands of paper easily break apart, it also becomes a metaphor for constant work needed to support communities, with the strands needing constant care being tied and re-tied. The project concludes with individual or group performances that take place in front of the flag. The performances are based around spoken work poetry that consider what Britishness means to the young artists.

Decolonising the Arts Curriculum

Dr Amita Nijhawan explores ways to approach decolonising the arts curriculum for a video series as part of Making Sense.

UCL’s Decolonising the Curriculum Week 2021 Podcast

Listen to the SHS Decolonising the Curriculum Podcast Series. Episode 1 explores a brief recent history of the movement, discussing different approaches and criticisms, as an introduction to the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences’ Decolonising the Curriculum Week 2021.

Peckham Platform’s artist talk: Kimathi Donkor

Kimathi Donkor, writer and broadcaster Lindsay Johns, Peckham Space Director Emily Druiff and Mark Miller from Tate’s Young People’s Programmes discuss the development of Kimathi’s exhibition “Daddy, I want to be a black artist.”

Framework for developing an anti-racist approach – from the National Education Union

This framework is a response to the ‘Barriers’ report which was based on the testimony of over 1000 Black teachers about the impact of racism in their workplaces. To address some of the concerns arising from that report, the NEU Executive was made aware of the need to help teachers develop anti-racist approaches in schools and workplaces. After further consultation and a pilot phase, this framework is now ready to help ensure all schools and colleges are just and inclusive for children, young people and staff.

Decolonising the Curriculum with Professor Jeremy Black MBE

Youtuber Bryan Knight explores the topic of decolonising of the curriculum with two students (Almaz Akainyah & Neha) from the University of Exeter and Professor Jeremy Black MBE.

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