Workshops led by artist Alexander Newley at Preston Park Primary School, Brent. Image courtesy of AiR.

The charity Artists in Residence (AiR) was founded by the 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner Andria Zafirakou MBE to help raise the profile of the Arts in education.

AiR seeks to establish a transformative national offer of arts education activities delivered through a series of intensive residencies in which artists partner with a school to directly address specific learning ambitions. AiR helps to co-designs a residency project that meets the needs of individual schools and students offering a chance to develop practical artistic skills and also offers an insight into what a career in the arts may look like.

Over the last decade, the proportion of students receiving arts education in the UK has shrunk drastically. This trend is primarily attributable to the expansion of standardised-test-based accountability, which has pressured schools to focus resources on tested subjects. As the saying goes, what gets measured gets done.

AiR is delighted to be a recipient of the 2020 Culture Fund and will be producing bespoke art projects through collaboration with five Brent schools.