Educational projects, linked to the school curriculum continue to play a significant role in the Place in Time project. Since the beginning of the project in 2000, exhibitions have been used as a starting point for students to develop their own work.
The success of the programme lies in enabling schools to involve their students with projects that take them outside the classroom and into the community. In developing our educational programme we have worked with a number of organizations in the city and schools nationwide.
- Christchurch Arts Festival
- University of Canterbury Platform Arts Festival
- Christchurch City Council Learning Centres
- IHC and CCS Disability Action
- The Press
- Centre of Contemporary Art Gallery (COCA)
- Red Bus Company Christchurch
- Our City O-Tautahi.
Examples of our work
Students’ Red Bus Diary
In response to Tim Veling's Red Bus Diary exhibition and facilitated by the Place in Time project, school pupils from Discovery 1, Cashmere Primary School, Beckenham Primary School and St Andrew’s College Preparatory School spent two weeks travelling by Red Bus on three different routes with digital cameras and notebooks recording their experiences.
An exhibition of their work was then held at the Centre of Contemporary Art Gallery (COCA) .
Place in Time, commissioned by the Christchurch Arts Festival, worked with students in response to Hanne Johnsen’s photographic exhibition, An Adult in the Making. Intermediate level students from Christchurch’s Discovery 1 and Cashmere Primary Schools created a series of revealing self-portraits, reflecting their own vision of what it means to be young.
The work made by students was subsequently exhibited during the festival at the Our City O-Tautahi Gallery.
Following the success of the My Name Is… exhibition and the publication of the book, The Man With No Arms & Other Stories, IHC and CCS disability action commissioned Place in Time’s Bridgit Anderson to devise and implement a countrywide education programme. Since 2007 the workshops have been a key component of the Our Stories project as it tours the country.
The project allows students an insight into the lives of those that live with disability on a daily basis. They work collaboratively with a disabled guest at their school to tell their story. Using still images and text they create three to four minute movies culminating in a film festival evening where the resulting DVDs are showcased and viewed by the wider community.
The workshop is relevant to many of the key competencies and learning areas prescribed in the New Zealand curriculum. It provides an innovative way to engage with some of the principles and values stated as key directions for learning, in particular: community engagement; inclusion; future focus; diversity; equity; community and participation; integrity and respect. It also offers students huge potential for personal and social learning.
In the Neighbourhood
An exhibition of student work in response to James Voller’s exhibition, On My Way Home. Students were asked to document, in both image and text, some aspect of their own neighbourhood or a part of their route home from school.
As with all the Place in Time educational projects, the work was later exhibited in a public space.