In early 2013 Arts Council England awarded over £98,000 to the Aldridge Foundation following a bid by the educational charity, made in partnership with two of Brighton & Hove’s leading arts organisations, Photoworks and Lighthouse, to deliver Art at Work an arts education programme for students at the Brighton & Portslade Aldridge Community Academies.
The Arts Council funded programme concluded at the end of July 2015, but the partnerships remain in place, and plans are underway for the next phase of activity.
The Aldridge Foundation
The Aldridge Foundation is an educational charity that helps young people to reach their potential and improve their communities, principally through the sponsorship of entrepreneurial academy schools and colleges. Sir Rod Aldridge launched the Foundation in 2006 after retiring from Capita Plc, the business he set up and which became one of this country’s most successful companies. The Foundation sponsors schools in different communities across England, with students currently attending twelve Aldridge sponsored institutions at primary, secondary and sixth-form level. Each academy schools and colleges have a strong focus on developing entrepreneurial skills and on rapidly improving the quality of education on offer in order to transform the life-chances of young people.
Photoworks curates, commissions and publishes new writing on photography and produces exhibitions, books and events including the Brighton Photo Biennial. Collaborating with a broad range of artists and organisations, engaging the widest possible audiences, Photoworks encourages debate and inspires new thinking about photography.
Lighthouse is a leading digital culture agency in South East England supporting, commissioning and showcasing new work by digital artists and filmmakers and others. As well as being a vibrant venue for events, exhibitions and workshops in Brighton, Lighthouse supports artists and filmmakers by offering opportunities for development through commissions, mentoring programmes and arts partnership. Lighthouse advocates for moving image, media arts and the new forms of practice made possible by digital technologies.
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) is a vibrant 11-18 all-inclusive secondary school and sixth form providing students with a stimulating and progressive education. BACA is a high achieving academy with a rich academic offering, combining an entrepreneurial ethos, specialism in sports and technological focus to raise standards, whilst developing key skills that each student needs to achieve success in the 21st century. The Academy has outstanding facilities that include cutting-edge ICT resources, a drama studio, business pods, specialist science rooms, and sports facilities extensive playing fields, a six-court sports hall, two all-weather pitches, an outdoor multi-use games area, a dance studio and a gym. In addition to the Swan Centre, a specialist resource for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder or speech and language needs.
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
PACA opened in September 2011 and has specialisms in Science and Sport and is supported by the University of Sussex is its Education Partner. £12.7m has recently been invested in the Academy campus, including the development of a new sixth form centre, music and performing arts centre, science laboratories and a state of the art STEM centre. The new £1.2m science centre was developed in partnership with the Royal Institute. In 2013 PACA was voted the Brighton Argus Newspapers Brighton School of the Year and it has been recognised as one of the fasted improving schools in the country.