Groundswell Arts is a London based organisation that designs and delivers creative education programmes for 0-11 year olds, their families and teachers.
We value an inclusive approach to creative learning, which supports and nurtures the wellbeing of children. Our initiatives are designed to reduce educational disadvantage and develop teachers’ confidence to embed creativity and the arts into the curriculum.
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Groundswell Arts is a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Haringey, London.
We develop and deliver creative learning projects and programmes in early years settings, primary schools and communities incorporating music, art, theatre, storytelling, dance and film making. Artistic Directors Gareth Howells and Angeline Conaghan established the company in 2010 through a desire to bring our shared artistic skills, knowledge and values together. Today we employ and collaborate with a wide range of freelance arts practitioners and partners working closely with educators, parents, young children and in the community.
We devise creative programmes that support high levels of community engagement and inclusion. We promote learning, exploration, play and reflection whilst supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing, language, communication, and transitions.
We also focus on parents and carers and their role as primary influencers and educators. We deliver training and staff development around each of our projects for early years and primary educators. We empower our partners to have confidence in their use of creative arts approaches and work towards these to enhance all aspects of the curriculum.
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“Meanwhile, there are some rumours circulating, particularly in Key Stage 2, that the researchers who have been working in school are in fact not researchers, but actors!!! As I said to the children who bought this to my attention, they definitely told me they were researchers! Today’s assemblies with the researchers were full of mystery and intrigue – let’s see what next week brings – Gareth and team, thanks for bringing such magic to school at such a difficult time!”
Lucy Walker Colins – Head Teacher, Stroud Green Primary 2020 (Forgotten Stories project)
“It has just been such a wonderful experience. The generosity of the organisers and the artist we worked with made us feel so welcome and I just cannot believe that my children will be able to enjoy this work for the rest of their life.
What a fabulous opportunity and privilege to have been part of this!”
Parent from the Sing Our Story project 2021
“The Communication Pod has allowed children of all ages to explore and develop their imagination which has in turn supported their speech and language as well as improving their literacy skills. Children are able to touch and talk about artefacts which broadens their vocabulary and allows them to express themselves freely in a safe and fascinating environment.”
Nick Hewlett Principal Adviser for Early Years Haringey (2019) (The Communication Pod)”
“Slowly and timidly people are coming out of their houses once a week during lockdown to clap for the NHS. It’s a relief to see our neighbours and our community but it is not enough… Groundswell’s helped us to get a step further with the ” We are Here festival ” and with great ideas to bring us together again (together with our neighbour, our street, our community…).
My children participated in the Big Chalk Day. It was a beautiful day and it was the perfect occasion to step out of our houses and add some colours to our walls and our street. I personally loved walking around seeing colourful rainbows, messages on the floor, drawings on walls. A nice reminder that people really need to be part of something and not just stay behind closed doors.
Congratulations on the We are Here in Lockdown. It was such a beautiful initiative”
N Parent (2020)
“During lockdown the events that were organised helped to connect us to the community in a period where we would have otherwise felt very isolated. It inspired a communication that allowed us to relate to each other through a shared experience and brought about a feeling of togetherness.
I think the We are Here events allowed families and children to reach out to one another. It linked the community together as well as providing entertainment outside of the home in a safe way. It also offered something to look forward to while there didn’t seem a lot going on.”
L Parent (2020)
“The Sing Our Story project has reached out to hundreds of children and families who have had the opportunity to compose an individual song which will be a treasured memory forever. This unique approach of Groundswell Arts in supporting these families has been invaluable to the children and parents as well as the settings/ schools.”
Nick Hewlett Principal Adviser for Early Years Haringey (2019)
Donate to our workA donation to Groundswell Arts supports our programmes in a variety of ways for example;
- A donation of £20 can fund the cost per child of participation in one of our Story Lab green screen and animation programmes.
- A donation of £100 can fund a bespoke song for a child as part of our Sing Our Story programme.
- A donation of £1000 can enable us to offer a series of workshops and training in a school on programmes such as Sing Our Story, Story Lab. Light Box or Forgotten Stories.
Our Sing Our Story programme continues in a hybrid way with parents and carers across four schools and two private nursery schools. Our partners have worked with us to prioritise reaching their parent communities through music, and we have relished the opportunity to share songs in person again. Thanks to Tiverton, George Spicer, Earlham, and North ... Read more
We had very fun first sessions of our Dancing Together – Toddlers in Park Lane and Triangle Children’s Centres. Toddlers sessions will continue over the next 4 weeks. If you’re looking for an activity with your child, and you’re local to Park Lane or Triangle Children’s Centre, contact us. The spaces are limited but we’ll do our best ... Read more
February was quick but full of activities for Groundswell Arts team. We started Dancing Together Babies programme in Waltham Forest and Toddler’s programme in Haringey and completed our Mother and Baby dance programme in Haringey. Story Lab is currently in five partner Haringey schools. We have launched a new project with The Minors Nursery School in West London along with Coombes Croft Library sessions in ... Read more
Dancing Together starts in Walthamstow and Leytonstone Toy Libraries very soon. With funding from Mayor of London and the Sport Unites programme we are running sessions for Mothers and Babies over 6 weeks, followed by our Toddlers programme starting in mid-April. These first 6 weeks will provide gentle movement to focus on postnatal recovery. The ... Read more