Two years ago, Epping Forest District Museum received funding from the Arts Council and Royal Opera House Bridge to set up a Creative Network for the district. Networks have been set up elsewhere as a way of bringing together schools and creative partners to open new opportunities for young people and partnership working by raising awareness of what is available on the doorstep.
The Epping Forest Creative Network quickly took shape thanks to active partners such as Copped Hall Trust, the Epping Team Ministry, Loughton Youth Radio, Lopping Hall Gallery, local schools and the Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust.
Our first project was the 2020 Creativity Challenge, which encouraged young people to explore different creative activities at home while also raising awareness of all the creative places in the district.
We have also just held a Wildlife Photography competition for Trust schools with guest judge, wildlife photographer Peter Warne from the Copped Hall Trust, making the final selection of some fantastic entries that will feature in a special calendar.
We are always interested in hearing from any schools or creative and cultural organisations in the district who might be interested in getting involved. Independent artists and musicians are also welcome as we look to connect people and places together to inspire great new learning opportunities.
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