Here & now

Creative Curriculum

An award-winning school outreach programme delivered in partnership between Paddington Central and Open City

Now in its second year, Creative Curriculum is an award-winning school outreach programme delivered in partnership with British Land’s Paddington Central campus and Open City.

The programme engages primary school children with the public art and architecture at Paddington Central and encourages them to explore, design and ultimately to create their own installations and sculptures for the public realm spaces on campus. This year we are working with St Mary of the Angels and Hallfield primary schools.

The curriculum starts with the children visiting Paddington Central for half a day, together with the Open City learning team, professional sculptor and artist Reza Ben Gajra and a professional architect to explore the sculptures on display as well as the surrounding spaces and architecture.

This year’s project began on Friday, 23rd February when students from St Mary of the Angels visited the campus. They were particularly inspired by the water and canals as they’ve been reading The Pearl Diver in class.

After the campus visit, Reza Ben Gajra leads the children in a hands-on in-school workshop, where the pupils can reflect on what they learned on campus and work with Reza to plan, design and construct their own large-scale sculptures that will be exhibited at Paddington Central for a week at the end of March.

On 27th March, the children, their families and the public are all invited to Paddington Central to celebrate the unveiling of the sculptures and to take part in a musical workshop with a professional musician to create a soundscape to bring their sculptures to life.

At the end of the exhibition, the children’s sculptures will be returned to their schools.