Inspiring Schools - Immerse

c. Colin Hattersley

We are delighted to be working with six fantastic Edinburgh primary schools, in collaboration with Punchdrunk, as part of our new Inspiring Schools - Immerse project. Brunstane, Canal View, Craigroyston, Forthview, St David’s and St Ninian’s Primary Schools are embarking on a three-year creative adventure, where Imaginate and Punchdrunk will be embedded in their school with immersive performance, artist residencies, creative learning projects and festival visits to develop a love for theatre and dance, and the change it can bring.

Year one of Immerse will be broken-down into three project-strands. This means that every pupil from each of the schools will be involved. The following projects will take place between August 2019 – June 2020:

Artists in Residence

Each school will work with two Artists in Residence over a ten-week period. The artists will be in school one day a week throughout this period and will work in collaboration with teachers and pupils to develop an idea. Artists will share their knowledge and experience to help both pupils and teachers develop new skills, explore aspects of live performance and push their boundaries.

Lost Lending Library

Punchdrunk’s The Lost Lending Library will land in each of the schools, bringing with it magic, mystery and a sense of awe and wonder. The library has so far travelled around London and Australia but this will be its very first visit to Scotland! The Lost Lending Library aims to raise standards in literacy, speaking and listening through engagement with an unforgettable narrative that unfolds within the school.

A freelance librarian visits pupils at a primary school, where they discuss their favourite books and stories. A shared love of the book How To Live Forever by Colin Thompson and the discovery of a strange locked book leads to the mysterious arrival of The Lost Lending Library. At 814 floors high and with 402 spiral side departments, it is the largest collection of books in the world. The Library leaps from place to place, arriving where it knows it can find the most precious books of all time: new stories written by young apprentices of the library.

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival & Creative Learning project

All six schools will visit Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2020 and have the chance to a see a number of exciting, fun and thought-provoking theatre and dance works for children and young people. Imaginate will host an artist-led creative learning project in each school, allowing pupils and teachers the chance to delve deeper into one of the performances and explore it further.

Throughout the three years of Immerse, we want teachers and the school community to become confident arts leaders. Year One of Immerse will be very much artist-led; Year Two we will be more in collaboration between artists and teachers to produce projects; and in Year Three we hope teachers will feel ready to develop their own ideas with Imaginate and artists there to support them throughout this process.

Here at Imaginate, we are very excited to be working with our six Immerse schools and can’t wait for the projects to kick off in August 2019!

If you would like to find out more about Immerse, please contact Schools Project Manager Kirsty Robertson

Immerse is part of Imaginate's Inspiring Schools programme and is funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government - through Creative Scotland - the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals.
We are also grateful to Baillie Gifford for their sponsorship of the project.