Creative Pathways Post-16

This event is intended to raise awareness and inform potential students, their parents and school leaders of the need to provide A Level Art subjects in our schools across the borough of Tower Hamlets. 
Due to the new EBacc performance measure for schools, Art subjects are being marginalised/withdrawn from the Post -16 curriculum in favour of core subjects. 
In response to this we wish to use this opportunity to showcase the best in Post-16 Art and encourage KS4 Art students to select an Art based A Level to study, at one of ‘THAT network’s’ participating schools.
Wed 21-Sun 25Feb
Time 10:30-17:30 Sun-1pm
Thursday Private View 4:30-8:30
The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Rd, (off Grove Rd) E3 4QY
Showcasing Tower Hamlets’ 6th form artists. @ual_insights @thevents @ATeamArts @thames_music
Generously supported by THAMES, ‘A’ Team Arts and Central Saint Martins UAL.
The following arts organisations and galleries will be supporting the event on the night with information about how they support education.
Bow Arts Trust –



Workshop – Cyanotype

The photographer David George (co-founder of the art collective ‘Uncertain States’) led a very enjoyable and successful cyanotype workshop at SPWT.

Cyanotype is an early archival process used by the first acknowledged female photographer: Anna Atkins in 1843. It requires just two chemicals, a good negative, tap water and the sun’s solar rays to achieve outstanding results. The process can also be used for photograms (without the need of a darkroom). The cyanotype can be produced on most paper and even some fabrics. The image can derive from a digital or analogue negative and the result is striking in its rich Prussian Blues.

My Italian import Vespa.


If you are interested in developing your skills base in alternative processes The Cass (opposite Whitechapel Gallery) run some excellent courses.

For a step-by-step guide to alternative printing processes this book is well worth the investment: ‘Coming into Focus’ edited by John Barnier and published by Chronicle books.

‘Uncertain States’ is an artist led project made up of writers, art practitioners and academics that share the same creative values and publish a quarterly broadsheet, showcasing lens-based art.

Workshop – 3D (wire and willow)

First out of four workshops that we run this spring, funded by Thames, was run by Julia Clarke, a London based artist specialising in working with willow and wire.

Julia shared with us a number of techniques for working with wire and her handouts and presentation is available here. 

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We made different works: small scale wire sculptures of birds inspired by line drawing and observation drawing.

Learnt a number of ways to connect willow and started making sculptural pieces with wire support.

THAT SHOW 2016 – Photos

Thank you to all who came down to celebrate the launch of the first ever THAT network collective exhibition -THAT SHOW 2016. It was such a wonderful celebration of our members artistic talent and really crystallised  everything THAT has been striving for in the last few years.

A good teacher is an inspired practitioner.
Creativity cannot exist in isolation.


In these difficult times for education it has become the responsibility of teachers, galleries and artists to keep the arts alive. In order to do that we need to work together and when we do we are a powerful, beautiful and inspiring force!

See below for some great pictures of the private view and for more of the work itself check out THATSHOW2016 page.

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Photos: Paul Wye and Andreas Lambis

FREE workshops, Spring 2016

THAT network received funding from THAMES and in spring 2016 will run four workshops open to all teachers from Tower Hamlets schools.

Join for skills-based workshops delivered by professionals and aimed at ‘skilling up’ and improving the confidence of our teachers in more specialised disciplines. This spring we offer Combination Printmaking, Working with 3D materials (wire and willow), Experimental Textiles and Cyanotype.

All workshops are free and to book e-mail us on: