Autumn Education Programmes at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

Mount Stuart Root Camp2Root Camp is a not-for-profit social enterprise committed to changing the consumer habits of young adults in the UK. They work with 14-21 year olds, spending a week in a rural environment, dividing time between cooking in a professional kitchen and hands on experience in the fields – planting, harvesting, foraging and fishing.

This year is the inaugural Root Camp on the Isle of Bute. Everyone will be staying at Mount Stuart Trust accommodation exploring the island and the surrounding seas. We believe that the format we have created – and the projects we have developed with their ‘hands-on’ approach and emphasis on sustainable, seasonal, food as well as Scottish produce – not only creates able cooks but makes young people more aware of the implications of their food choices – both in terms of health and environment. We think that an experience like Root Camp is something that students in your school would benefit from and enjoy before they leave for their new independent lives.

Mount Stuart Root Camp1 We want to reach as many young people as we can. We are therefore keen to develop relationships and partnerships with schools that are interested in supporting the keen cooks amongst their pupils, as well as those who might need encouragement or inspiration.

Rootcamp staff will be in Scotland in June and would be able to come to your school and present to your students.

We are also only a phone call or email away if you would like more information:
0203 5671039 or or Liz Adams (at Mount Stuart Trust)
01700 503858

There are 16 places on each course. Each course has 8 bursary places – which are free, and 8 paid places which costs £775 per participant, or £725 if booked before the end of term. Each school has a limit of 2 bursary places to offer the opportunity to young people around Argyll and Bute.

Week 1: 9th – 14th October
Week 2: 16th – 21st October

Do have a look at the Root Camp website. There is a film link on the homepage. HERE

With many thanks,
Root Camp CIC and Mount Stuart Trust

Mount Stuart Shakespeare on ButeShakespeare on Bute Programme

You may have seen press coverage earlier this year around the authentication of a rare Shakespeare First Folio at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute.* To coincide with the exhibition of this Bute Folio and the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, the Mount Stuart Trust is offering a programme of visits for Secondary Schools. Whether your class is passionate about Shakespeare or bored of the Bard a visit to Mount Stuart can inspire a lifelong interest in the arts.

A Shakespeare themed visit to Mount Stuart would include:
• Viewing of the first folio and other related books.
• Discussion about the authentication of the First Folio.
• A Drama workshop with the Education Officer (a former
theatre director) focusing on using the house and/or grounds to create site specific scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.
• Privileged access to particular rooms

Shakespeare on Bute relates to the recent authentication of a Shakespeare First Folio within the Bute Collection. The programme will be of interest not only to those studying Shakespeare in English, but also those interested in History (working with source materials) and Drama. The programme can be adapted to suit all levels of study, and could be particularly useful to inspire those daunted or uninterested in Shakespeare.

There is no charge for these workshops or entry to the house and grounds. We would be happy to discuss travel costs in certain circumstances. The length of the session can be tailored to suit your group, with an average visit being two hours. While Mount Stuart has two cafés, we can also arrange rooms for eating packed lunches.

The programme will run from August- end of October 2016.

For further information or to book a visit, please contact Morven Gregor by email or by phone on 01700 503 858 or 07471900946.

Mount Stuart That which remainsFrom the beginning of August – 30th October, the Mount Stuart Trust hosts That Which Remains, a visual arts retrospective, looking back at fifteen years of contemporary art created in response to the house, grounds, and collection at Mount Stuart.

The title of the exhibition reflects not just the remains and traces of work made in the natural environment by some of the artists, but the idea that inspiration remains alive in people, who have experienced and enjoyed the work. By inviting school groups to the exhibition we hope this pattern of inspiration will continue.

The exhibition is across the site, from the Visitor Centre, through the grounds and into the house. Works include sculpture, painting, film and photography. Seeing these works together gives students the chance to compare each artist’s response to Mount Stuart, giving an insight to their inspirations and interests as well as how research has fed into their work.

Visiting groups studying Art and Design can –
• Have a specialist tour of the whole exhibition
• Focus on how artists have used research materials from
the house within their work
• Consider and analyse materials and techniques used
• Work in groups to make critical or practical responses to the exhibition
• Use the exhibition for drawing practice.

For the exhibition, our Learning Studio has become a swap shop, where visitors can take a catalogue from a previous exhibition in exchange for materials that could be used for arts workshops. Visiting students can participate in this, if they wish. Swaps can be anything from knitting needles to sheets of perspex, but should be clean and usable.

Other associated events will include a workshop by Sarah Staton on Saturday 24th September and a talk by Kate Davis at The Common Guild in Glasgow on October 27th.

There is no cost for these sessions.

For further information or to book a visit, please contact Morven Gregor by email or by phone on 01700 503 858 or 07471900946.

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