Becky Thompson, Education Producer

My career has been entirely focused on working in the visual arts in the Black Country with children, young people and the wider community.

Art for me at school was a place of sanctuary where I could think outside of the box, I loved exploring different materials and discovering new artists. I decided at a very early age that I was either going to be an art teacher (with a back up plan of being a famous artist!) and went on to gain a Fine Art Degree and Art and Design PCGE qualification.

After leaving University I taught Art and Design in Wolverhampton secondary schools for 12 years and loved sharing my passion for visual arts with young people and encouraging their creativity. I held a number of academic and pastoral leadership positions working closely with school leaders, teachers, support staff, parents and communities.

I’ve been part of the Arts Connect team for 5 years, starting out as Arts Award Manager, supporting schools and arts organisations in developing Arts Award in their settings. Since 2020 I’ve developed and expanded my role and I am now the Learning Programme Manager. I work with local arts and cultural organisations and arts educators to build new and exciting opportunities in the visual arts for children and young people, supporting them in growing their creative aspirations and experiences. I also develop professional learning programmes and networks for teachers.

Outside of Arts Connect I am a creative practitioner, artist and workshop facilitator in the Black Country and have worked on a number of community projects including Black Country Collage Club and Time to Make community art workshops. I am also a Trustee at The New Art Gallery Walsall.

I have seen first-hand how impactful a good art education can be for young people, from helping them to become more confident, skilled and empathetic individuals, to securing successful creative careers. I am passionate about working in partnership with local arts organisations and educators to grow a connected, thriving and inclusive local cultural ecology where children and young people have the support, inspiration and resources they need.

In my spare time I can be found with a pair of scissors happily collaging away or absorbed in a good book.

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