CURRENT PROJECTS

DONATIONS 2021-22

Superpower Agency………………………………………………………………………………………£650 WHALE Arts……………………………………………………………………………………………….£3,000 Edinburgh School of Art…………………………………………………………………………….£4,500 NMS Digital Programme for Schools……………………………………………………….£7,500 Superpower Agency………………………………………………………………………………………£250 TOTAL DONATIONS………………………………………………………………………………. £15,900


DISCOVER THE MUSEUM

Discover the Museum is an integral part of National Museums Scotland’s schools programme, and it is only possible thanks to the support of EDFAS. The aim of the project is to encourage more schools, in areas of mid-high deprivation in Edinburgh, to visit the National Museum of Scotland.
For many pupils, it is their first visit to the Museum and for teachers, this may be their first time bringing a class to the Museum. The main goal of the programme is to build the confidence and knowledge needed for children
and young people to return on their own, and with their families, in the future and to see the Museum as a place that is accessible, friendly, and inspiring.

This year the format evolved in response to Covid-19
restrictions. In previous years we have had multiple
classes from different schools each visiting the Museum
once, this year we worked exclusively with two classes
from one school, Canal View Primary School, over a series of visits and online sessions. Pupils had the
unique opportunity to learn about what happens
behind the scenes at the Museum and contribute to
the development of a display on Tetrapods.

Through online and in-person sessions pupils met with Museum staff including, curators, multimedia producers, learning managers and enablers. Pupils learnt how to design displays, what to include in exhibit labels, and helped to choose the stories to be
included in the new Tetrapod display at the Museum. The programme gave these
children the opportunity to be involved in an interactive learning experience they
will remember forever.

Feedback from both pupils and teachers has been incredibly positive. Pupils are already planning to visit the Museum when the display they worked on is open to the public, and their families are using the materials we provided to find out which buses they can take to get to the National Museum of
Scotland.
The pupils’ teachers were so enthusiastic about the
project they also decided to do a class project where
pupils built their own class museum. Each class made
their own displays and opened, The Canal Museum,
for the rest of the school to visit. The displays included:
Tetrapods, Space, COP26, Ancient World, and Vikings.
The support of EDFAS ensures each pupil can fully
participate. The ability to provide free transportation and snacks to the pupils, guarantees all pupils can attend without financial support from parents, and that no child will go without on the day.
Thank you to everyone at EDFAS for enabling the Discover the Museum project and providing this experience for these pupils.


Kirsty Smith,
Development Manager,
National Museums Scotland

Quotes from pupils and teachers at Canal View Primary School:
“Pupil engagement – each child was invested in the project and museum experts were always ready to listen and value their opinions. Opportunity for new learning experiences – project provided hands on opportunities both within and outwith the classroom.” Teacher ___________________________
“The children loved the hands-on work with Dr. Stig and enjoyed exploring the museum and finding out about its
purpose.”
Teacher ___________________________
“The Viking skeleton helped me see
what was in my own body.”
Pupil ___________________________
“It was an experience they will never
forget.”
Teacher ___________________________
“Amazing!! Having the coach free meant we didn’t have to ask parents and then the snack meant that none of them went hungry!” Teacher __________________________
“One pupil asked, when they were having their snack in the Event space, if they were the first school ever to be in there. When Morven responded that they were the first school for nearly two years, the pupil was super excited – it was a really lovely moment.”
Teacher ___________________________
“The objects can be on different levels and displayed in different ways for effect. Gave us ideas for how objects can be grouped together. Information can be put across in a fun way.” Pupil


EDFAS Scholars at the Edinburgh College of Art

ANNA SIKORSKA

I have always thought jewellery was an art form. I think of jewellery as applied art closely related to the human body. Jewellery can arouse emotions, provoke, and I like to think that the jewellery I create is just like that; that it inspires discussions, encourages reflection, attracts attention and promotes values close to me.
When it comes to the methods I use within my practice, I like to combine different techniques. I am fascinated by new technologies and the perspectives they open up. I like working with metal, making elements of my jewellery
by hand, and sitting at my bench; however, I also enjoy designing my models in CAD and printing them with 3D printers.

For the last two years of my artistic activity, I have mainly focused on the sci-art’s related themes, such as fractals in nature. My latest Fungi collection is the result of these works (right). During the last academic year, I participated in many important events such as the Radical Jewellery Makeover Exhibition (*my works were exhibited next to Heather Woof’s, Anna Gordon‘s and Andrew Lamb’s pieces).
There is no way I could have achieved all that without the support I have been receiving from EDFAS, which I am very grateful for. The Jewellery and Silversmithing course at ECA is extremely demanding; tools and precious materials we use are very expensive, but I truly believe that it will pay off.


RACHEL CUNNINGHAM

Rachel Cunningham is in her final year of the illustrators’ course and doing very well. She has been invited to consider continuing on a master’s degree or a PhD which would be a first for an EDFAS sponsored student. Her current project involves “Design for Ageing” project with a particular emphasis on visual communication with older people and patients with impaired memory.


DAN REID

Dan Reid is in his second year of the illustrator
course with additional study in modernism and
Gaelic culture. He is progressing well through
his studies and enjoying university life.