Dartford Artsmark Town

Strengthening Communities

Dartford Artsmark Town is an ambitious project supporting over half of all Dartford schools to embark on an Artsmark journey.

Building on previous collaborations with project partners Dartford Borough Council and Royal Opera House Bridge, Dartford Artsmark Town aims to bring about real and lasting change in cultural provision for the children of Dartford.

How will we do this?

Participating schools have taken part in one of three challenges:

Visual arts: working with professional artists Xtina Lamb and Wendy Smith, young people have been developing designs for a new bin lorry for Dartford.  Watch out for: the Dartford Artsmark Town bin lorry, launching at the Dartford Festival this July.

“I learnt that art doesn’t always have to be beautiful, it can be conceptual and thoughtful. It was an incredible experience and I’m glad I took part.” – Participant, Wilmington Academy

Music: working with professional music practitioner, Chris Guy, young people have been learning composition techniques in a series of master classes.  Watch out for: Dartford Festival, 15 – 16 July where they will be performing the songs they have composed to audiences of over 30,000!

“I now look at the world in a different way.”
– Participant, Dartford Primary Academy

Outdoor Performance: working alongside professional theatre practitioners, young people have been devising and creating a new piece of work specifically designed for an outdoor performance.  Watch out for: the performance at Dartford Outdoor Theatre, Central Park on Friday 23 June.

“The Artsmark workshops helped me develop my creativity and skills. All these lessons will help my decisions in the future and make me realise that its better to think outside the box.”
Participant, Dartford Science and Technology College


Dartford Festival 15-16 July 2017

Participating Schools:

Bean Primary School / Dartford Grammar School for Girls / Knockhall Academy / Maypole Primary / Oakfield Community Primary School / Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School / Temple Hill Community / The Gateway Primary Academy Primary School / Wilmington Academy / Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

Dartford Festival 15-16 July 2017

Participating Schools:

Dartford Grammar School for Boys / Dartford Primary Academy / St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School / The Craylands Primary School / Wentworth Primary School

Dartford Outdoor Theatre, Friday 23 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Participating Schools:

Darenth Community Primary School / Dartford Bridge Community Primary School / Dartford Science and Technology College / Holy Trinity CE Primary School / Ifield School / Joydens Wood Juniors / West Hill Primary

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