Partnerships give schools Sense of Place

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A Lancaster theatre has made a new link with one of the city’s high schools for a series of arts projects.

The Dukes theatre’s Creative Learning Department is working with Central Lancaster High School as part of a new Associate Schools Partnership launched by The Dukes.

The first was with Lytham St Anne’s Technology and Performing Arts College and The Dukes hopes to set up another two by 2014.

Last summer, some of the Central Lancaster High students took part in Metropolis, a youth spectacular produced by

The Dukes as part of the Preston Guild celebrations, and they’ve since worked with the theatre on a Holocaust Memorial Day event. The Dukes has also supported sixth formers on the silver arts award programme and BTec photography students working on a project with Lancaster District Homeless Action Service.

Just recently, The Dukes gallery hosted Sense of Place, a photographic exhibition by Central Lancaster High School students showing local spaces that go unnoticed, perhaps even ignored, but for homeless people they offer safety, respite, comfort and a sense of place.

Assistant head at Central Lancaster High School, Victoria Farrell, said: “This project has offered a unique opportunity for young people to explore a meaningful issue through photography.”