Together Apart – Ingestre Arts Centre and the European Dimension
Posted on 17th April 2019 at 12:24
Our UK relationship with Continental Europe is under pressure and the drop in the number of foreign visits to Ingestre Hall suggests we have a relationship problem. In 2016 Ingestre hosted several residentials for schools from Spain, Belgium and Denmark. Some of these were shared with local schools to enhance the residential experience. Visits involving other countries provide affirmation and hope for our service, they are a testament to the idea that the arts are trans-national, that the arts can enable new and positive relationships to be forged and that working with creativity and skilled artists enables a fresh and dynamic appreciation of identity and belonging to emerge. Our European visitors cherished this and looked forward to their repeat bookings, confident that we were creating an experience and opportunity that could bring about personal transformation with wider learning outcomes for schools and their communities. They recognised that Ingestre residentials provide visiting artists and participants the collective opportunity to become aware and appreciative of the importance and value of art as a powerful vehicle for intercultural understanding and expression.