News May 2020

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It’s been a very busy year so far with lots of ups and downs. As a company we remain excited and motoring into the future, reframing work and responding positively as things constantly change around us. I like to think that we see the opportunity in everything and that we can find ways to help to heal things through our work.

Daimler will open in Summer 2021 as part of City of Culture and we are planning ahead for the opening event and developing the year- round programme.

Our new education project TEACH MAKE has already started. This project is for Primary Teachers and working with them to make a creative curriculum inspired by The Imagineerium Initiative. We are awaiting the completion of the research and evaluation carried out in partnership with The University of Warwick about the impact of The Imagineerium and we know already that our work has had an enormous impact on developing children as really confident learners. Teachers want to develop more practical embodied learning processes into the classroom and Teach Make is vital if we are to impact creative learning practice in the future within Coventry Schools and as a national model for learning.

Transformations continues as an online activity and the young people are in the process of creating a gallery of their work, as this develops it is becoming more and more exciting and we will be sharing some of the results through social media and on our website over the coming weeks.

Bridge scheduled for this September in The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is postponed until Summer 2021 and we are developing a series of online projects with artists and communities in partnership with them.

We hope to be able to deliver our key projects – Combustion and Flow in 2021 and continue to fundraise and plan for both events, with ambitious funding targets to achieve. This quiet time enables us to focus on this with creative partners Artichoke – it’s a huge challenge and taking the company into very different funding conversations and potential new partnerships.

We can work from home for a period of time and are being creative in the way we do this, however, our work is about really close human connections and relationships – being able to work together by being physically close, building things, making, sharing ideas, rehearsing together.

We are thinking about beginning to reopen Temple Workshops at the end of July -beginning of August, and looking at how we can make the building safe for this to happen.

There are a range of other online initiatives being developed and we will keep everyone infrmed via social media and detail on the website.

Jane Hytch

CEO Imagineer