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Education Programme

Discover & Learn

The education programme was a partnership between Ipswich Borough Council, One and the University of Suffolk and offered teachers and students a valuable insight into a number of themes, including singing, song-writing, art, photography, identity and a sense of place.
Included as part of this legacy programme were four exclusive workshops covering art, photography, song-writing and the Kodaly method of music teaching. Find out more about these workshops below.

Exclusive Workshops

Here is a snapshot of the exclusive education workshops that have been delivered to students across Suffolk as part of the Made in Suffolk education programme. 

Colin Davidson

The portraiture workshop at Christchurch Mansion and One sixth-form college was led by artist Colin Davidson, whose stunning portraits of Ed form the centrepiece of the Made in Suffolk exhibition.

Colin flew in from Belfast to take part, working with 25 students from Benjamin Britten Academy of Music & Mathematics in Lowestoft, One sixth-form college, Claydon High School, Ipswich Academy, Thurston College, Stradbroke High and the Priory school in Bury St Edmunds.

Mark Surridge

Ed Sheeran’s photographer, Mark Surridge, hosted two workshops as part of the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition.

A group of Photography and Fine Art students from the University of Suffolk took part in the first masterclass at the Mansion.

The next day, a group of Year 12 students from across East Anglia took part in a workshop with Mark at both Christchurch Mansion and the University. The students explored the theme of identity and sense of place and edited their work using the newly- refurbished Photography studios at the University.

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson is widely credited as the music teacher who “discovered” Ed and his potential when the 16-year-old was playing in Norwich.

One sixth-form college hosted the day-long activity and invited students from their own college, as well as Abbeygate (Bury St Edmunds) and Thomas Mills (Framlingham) sixth forms to perform in front of music professionals

The students performed their own songs and music in front of Ian and his colleagues and then received valuable feedback and advice.

Mish Kelly and Kodaly

Children from Whitehouse Community Primary School became the first to experience a unique style of musical teaching as part of the education programme.

The Kodaly Method is a way of developing musical skills through singing games and fun activities. It is an approach developed in Hungary during the mid-20th Century by composer Zoltán Kodály and has spread around the world.

Mish Kelly, a highly qualified and experienced Kodaly teacher, violinist and choral trainer visited Whitehouse to work with two classes of six and seven-year-olds.

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