On January 26th 2022, Hospice Isle of Man were delighted to launch the Education Programme of The Big Splash, which will engage over 31 of the Island’s schools and nurseries. Held at Ballakermeen Theatre Studio, the launch saw head teachers and teachers from around the Island come together to learn more about the project itself, collect their very own medium calf sculpture and take away their education resource pack.
Education programmes are integral to the success of the Wild in Art trails as there is great power from the arts to both shape and change lives, therefore partnership working is key to the success of The Big Splash over the next few months. Hospice are delighted to be collaborating with Education Partner the Isle of Man Arts Council and chosen charity; Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, who are experts in marine life around the Isle of Man.
Jane Corkill. Arts Development Manager commented “The Isle of Man Arts Council is very proud to be an Education Partner in The Big Splash and we very much look forward to the creativity and innovation that young people will bring to this project. Arts and culture are fundamental to well-being and mental health as well as developing new skills and providing learning experiences, and The Big Splash will creatively bring all of this to our whole community over the summer.”
Pippa Salter, Education Programme Coordinator said, “The creation of this platform for us here at Hospice Isle of Man to work with local schools and education bodies is a fantastic opportunity, which I am so very passionate about. I look forward to being part of a project that will deliver an education programme that encourages compassion and builds resilience within our community. Building great relationships with the schools and nurseries is vital to The Big Splash and paves the way for continuing relationships into the future.”
The Big Splash is the largest mass participation art event to ever come to the Isle of Man and will see a trail of over 30 life size Dolphins take centre stage on a public art trail live around the Island for 12 weeks from May – September 2022. Once the schools and nurseries involved have completed the designing of their calf sculpture, they will be returned to Hospice and will then join the large dolphin sculptures around the Island on the trail, eagerly awaiting to be found by both islanders and visitors.