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Why creativity is important to education – Drug of Art

We have had a fantastic response to our Drug of Art Crowdfunder and are close to reaching our first target of £50,000. As we go for the final push, I wanted to share this lovely true story told to me by one of our team members which I think perfectly illustrates the power of creativity

Drug of Art – mental health and art project

I am really excited to announce a new project which the Michael Aldrich Foundation is launching. We are working with artist and University of Brighton alumna Alison Lapper and Victoria Holden, an independent producer from Chalk Productions on The Drug of Art which aims to improve mental health in young people through making art. Building on our

New website for online shopping archive

For the past 18 months, I have been working with Designing for the Future, alumnus, Pete Barr, on refreshing the website for the Michael Aldrich Archive.My father, Michael Aldrich (for whom the Michael Aldrich Foundation is named) was a pioneer of online shopping in the 1980s before the internet was born.He worked in the Information Technology

A Sympathetic Eye – Grace Robertson

We were very sad to hear about the death of pioneering photographer & proto feminist Grace Robertson. Grace Robertson was born in Manchester in 1930 and brought up in the Lake District and Surrey. She began her career as a freelance journalist contributing often to the Picture Post and then later to the British picture

** 2020 Christmas Gift Guide **

After what has been a most extraordinary 12 months, Christmas is almost upon us and we wanted to share with you some of our top picks for unique and beautiful gifts from the Michael Aldrich Foundation network of artists and makers. Eleanor Owens was pivotal to our recent Image of the Week project and

Image of the Week video for International Festival of Learning

Following the success of our Image of the Week project over lockdown, we are excited to share this fabulous video made by Marcelo Staricoff, founder of JONK and MAF trustee for the International Festival of Learning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtmkhkkbtbE The Image of the Week also features in Marcelo's new book, The Joy of Not Knowing, which is

New trustees for the Michael Aldrich Foundation

I am very pleased to report the appointment of new trustees to the Michael Aldrich Foundation board. Reflecting the close relationship of the two organisations, the Foundation board is made up of four independent trustees and three trustees from the University of Brighton. Our independent trustees are Philippa Aldrich (Chair), Andrew Comben (CEO of Brighton

Inaugural exhibition for Image of the Week artist

One of the most popular works in our Image of the Week arts project, was this wonderful photograph, Seascape 2001 11 by Steve Gallagher. And it was fantastic to see it take its place as part of Steve's inaugural exhibition at his studio in Worthing. Steve Gallagher is an American Photographer and Graphic Designer whose been

Image of the Week goes online

We have been working very hard to re-purpose our Image of the Week School Project with JONK as an online resource and I am excited to report that today Image of the Week Online launches. We have signed up primary schools, families and care homes and are eagerly awaiting their contributions. We will be releasing 

Image of the Week

I am delighted this year to be working with Marcelo Staricoff, founder of JONK Thinking and Learning (JONKTL) and our newest MAF trustee, on a national schools project called "Image of the Week". JONK The Joy of Not Knowing™ is a philosophy of education and of school leadership that uses innovative pedagogical principles, theories and