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Sampad Associate Schools

Sampad has been working in Birmingham and beyond for 30 years and over that time has worked with many local schools on a range of Arts and Heritage Projects. In 2019 we were funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund to create a major exhibition for the Library of Birmingham for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The exhibition, From City of Empire to City of  Diversityused the photo collection of local photographer Earnest Dyche, housed in Birmingham Archives, and documented the story of migration to the city.

A portable version of the exhibition was created alongside comprehensive online learning resources and over the past two years, 22 schools have used it to enrich their curriculum.

Staff involved in the project expressed a keenness to continue using the materials even when the exhibition finished and a number also approached Sampad for artists and productions  to support their work in other areas of the curriculum.

In response to this, we have developed  Sampad Associate Schools which will allow both existing and new schools to host the From City of Empire to City of  Diversity exhibition. As well as this, schools will gain access to the online resources as well as a free 1 day Heritage training session for 2 members of staff on 28th September. Our associate schools will also enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits and  opportunities all of which will support cultural and curriculum development.

This is a subscription service but one which is mindful of financial constraints.  As well as our Ruby, Emerald & Sapphire tiers we also offer a bespoke relationship for schools who are keen to bring in a specific artist regularly or develop a longer term project with us. 

As schools are always refining their curriculum we also offer a menu of one off workshops and performances which can be booked respective of whether you are a Sampad Associate School. (Sampad Associate Schools receive advance booking and a discount on any workshops or performances throughout the year).

We hope that you will be keen to join us on this exciting journey and we are happy meet you to discuss any elements of our offer and your vision for your school/department. 

We are officially launching our Associate Schools Programme on the 19th September and warmly invite all our associate schools to join us for this event!

Contact Gillian Twaite (Learning Manager) or Naomi Awre (Learning Officer) for more information: 0121 446 3260 / 07435738804 /

You can download our Associate Schools pack for more information about pricing and the exciting opportunities available below:

Sampad Associate Schools By Birmingham Arts School on Birmingham Education Hub