Sky Arts launches ‘Access All Arts’ week for primary schools

Wednesday 29 September 2021

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Sky Arts is pleased to announce Access All Arts week, a new nationwide arts week for primary schools taking place 6th – 10th June 2022.

Developed by Sky Arts in partnership with leading artists and arts organisations, this brand new learning programme will be available to all primary school teachers and children in the UK and Ireland, celebrating the arts and highlighting their importance in supporting the health and wellbeing of young people. After a year in which every child’s access to the arts has been severely restricted owing to long closures of schools and arts institutions, ‘Access All Arts’ week will give every child the opportunity to experience the arts at a vital time.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, said: “Across the spectrum of the arts every single person we speak to passionately believes every child should have access to music, dance, visual arts, theatre and the full spectrum of creative activity and learning. With Sky Arts ‘Access all Arts’ week we aim to bring as many arts organisations as possible together to provide tools for teachers to create fun and inspiring lessons for their pupils. We know that access to creative pursuits enhances a child’s prospects whatever they choose to do in later life, so fighting the fight for arts education is vital.”

Details of the initiative

‘Access All Arts’ week aims to provide teachers with the resources and inspiration to take their classes on a creative adventure during one jam-packed week in June. Teachers can access a full programme of free, ready-made learning materials exploring all artforms via a content-rich website, providing a hub of activities, video content and competitions brought together by Sky Arts and their partners. Schools can also use the site’s interactive map to connect with local arts organisations.

Developed by an expert team of teachers and educationalists, teachers will have access to five modules built around five forms of artistic expression: Sounds, Marks, Words, Images and Moves. Each module contains two different artforms: Singing and Instruments (Sounds), 2D Mark Making e.g. drawing, illustration and 3D Mark Making e.g. crafts, sculpture (Marks), Poetry and Storytelling (Words), Photography and Filmmaking (Images) and Movement and Drama (Moves). Modules can be taught individually as a standalone teaching unit or joined together to form a longer programme, so that teachers can make the week their own.

‘Access All Arts’ week will feature well known artists and talent alongside key arts partners across the UK including the English National Opera, the National Theatre, The Big Draw, the Crafts Council, The Reading Agency, The Poetry Society, The Photography Movement, Into Film and Artis.

There will be a specific focus on targeting schools in areas of deprivation and those lacking arts provision.

The initiative is being run by Vanessa Woodard, Head of Partnerships, Sky Arts and We are Futures.

Mark Fawcett, Chairman & Chief Executive of We are Futures, said: “We Are Futures have long recognised the importance of embedding the arts and creativity in schools from an early age. So, we couldn’t be happier to be working with Sky Arts to deliver a schools art week that empowers primary schools and supports teachers across the UK & Ireland. From our extensive work with teachers, we know that the biggest barriers to delivering the arts in schools are confidence, location and resource. Access All Arts will bring more art to all schools through a varied programme of free resources and opportunities that require no prior experience, expertise or expensive equipment. We’re excited to be working alongside the very best arts partners, experts and creative talent to help primary teachers inspire creativity, ignite imaginations and develop skills in their classrooms. We also can’t wait to see what these pupils create.”

The Access All Arts Week website is now open for registration, with resources and activities coming soon. Teachers can register their interest at

For more information please contact:

Vanessa Woodard, Head of Partnerships, Sky Arts

Lucy Butterfield, PR Manager, Sky Arts, Consumer Engagement

Hattie Ince, Account Director, We are Futures

Notes to Editors

From 29th September 2021, primary school teachers will be encouraged to register their interest via the website

The week will run from 6th – 10th June 2022

Access to the platform and all content is free and open to all.

Content will be made available in the Resource Centre on the website from January 2022 with all 5 modules being available before the Easter holidays. After June 2022 the website will remain live as a resource for teachers.

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About Sky Arts

Sky Arts exists to bring more art to more people across the UK. In 2020, with the creative industries under serious threat, we threw open our doors to make the channel free for everyone to watch. We’ve redoubled our mission to increase access to the arts and we’re committed to getting everyone involved as the industry recovers. The fact is, we need the arts now like never before, and Sky Arts brings them straight to your living room.

We have something for everyone, championing creative talent by showcasing the best in music, theatre, dance, literature, opera and visual art. From Glyndebourne to Grime and Cézanne to The Style Council, we’ve got your passions covered. Millions of viewers tune in to hit returning series such as Portrait Artist of the Year, Urban Myths and British cultural institution The South Bank Show, but our acclaimed new programmes might take you anywhere from Pinter’s house with Danny Dyer to a Scottish road trip with Samuel Johnson.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. Sky Arts is the headline sponsor of National Theatre Live in the UK and we work with cultural partners across the country including the English National Opera, Royal Academy of Arts, Tate, Creative Industries Federation and Coventry City of Culture to name but a few.

You can watch Sky Arts for free on Freeview channel 11 and Freesat channel 147.  If you’ve got Sky or a Now TV entertainment pass, you can also watch over 2,000 hours of shows exclusively on demand.

We’re passionate about supporting the next generation of artists, so we’re working with five leading Sky Arts Ambassadors: Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo, dance artist Akram Khan, conductor Charles Hazlewood, Theatre Royal Stratford East Artistic Director Nadia Fall, and sculptor Anish Kapoor – to run bursary schemes for new and emerging talent.

About Sky

Sky believes in being a force for good, globally and locally. At the heart of their responsibility strategy is their passion to inspire potential young people to be their best, and to give them the support for their talent to flourish.

Sky has a history of supporting young people; from their onsite Sky Academy Studio learning facilities to their more recent Adobe partnership, The Edit.

About We are Futures

We are Futures is a strategic activation agency, delivering authentic brand purpose and social impact for future-facing clients. It better connects clients to young people and their families, delivering on-the-ground impacts through ambitious ideas and strong partnerships.

Established 17 years ago its unique networks and partnerships provide unequalled insight and access to reach them. Data, segmentation and research combine to develop strategies and purpose-driven programmes that deliver demonstrable return on investment for clients.

We are Futures delivers initiatives against clients’ talent and skills, learning and education, brand and experience, and social and community objectives. Clients include: Sky, Warburtons, TfL, NatWest, Unilever, Pfizer, Duracell, GSK, Asda, Snap, BP, L’Oréal, Samsung.

We are Futures has been working with Sky since 2015 on its innovative youth engagement programmes including Sky Academy Studios and The Edit.

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