The Creative Dimension Trust (TCDT) offers extracurricular workshops, with free tuition and materials, to young students from underserved backgrounds who wish to develop their hand skills. Our vision is to enable students to work with leading global specialists to develop skills that inspire future careers. TCDT also provides work experience opportunities, giving students access to some of the best creative companies in the UK.
In Autumn 2022, we began a new programme where tutors are sent to teach directly in schools. The programme was piloted at Maria Fidelis School, Kings Cross with the aim to roll it out to other schools across London.
TCDT tutors, world-renowned fresco painter Sarah Hocombe and decorative surface conservator/artist Jane Wallis, taught 11 students and three teachers skills in design, drawing, modelling and gilding during six, one-hour, weekly sessions.
“By gilding to a fine level, students can consider different careers and unusual applications in art and craft. It’s a fantastic project and the high level of enjoyment shows how much students gain from their time with the teachers from the Trust.” Art Teacher, Maria Fidelis School
The second programme was held at Maria Fidelis in Spring 2023. Paul Ravn, a Fellow of The Goldsmiths’ Livery Company, taught 10 students and three teachers jewellery making in five 1.5hrs sessions. The students made a silver ring and a brooch.
“Paul was fantastic, he explained everything really well, demonstrated everything. He’d designed really lovely things for us to make and he is obviously an expert in his field” Art Teacher, Maria Fidelis School
In Autumn 2023, 10 Maria Fidelis students will be selected by the school to attend a leather making programme over five weeks. The tutor is Candice Lau, an award-winning master Leatherworker. During the sessions students will make small leather goods including card holders and A5 pouches.
If your school would like to take part in this programme, please contact [email protected].