Shandy Hall can welcome pupils and students of all ages and abilities.
Workshops have taken place in the gallery, in the 15th century old kitchen, in Coxwold church clock-tower, in the gardens that surround the house, in Coxwold graveyard, in the old quarry and in the village hall. Many of these workshops are connected with specific exhibitions but others are tailor-made to suit the requirements of the school or university. Generally the focus is on the non-linear aspect of Sterne's writings, encouraging the student to forget the tyranny of 'beginning, middle and end' and concentrate on experiment and imagination.
Workshops are lead by the curator or by artists/writers in residence and are devised to cover a wide range of approaches to fiction, illustration and book-making.
Education groups who have visited Coxwold and worked on projects in association with Shandy Hall include:
Portsmouth Grammar School; Upton Hall School, Wirral; Boroughbridge High School; Fulford Secondary School, York; Easingwold School, York; Carlton Miniott Primary; Husthwaite Primary; Riverside Community School, Tadcaster; the Universities of York; Teesside; York St John; University of Northumbria; Leeds Trinity University College.
Example projects include:
The University of Teesside English Department (Head: Rachel Carrol) brought their first year students to Shandy Hall as part of their induction week. The visits have taken place since 2004 and have become an annual fixture. The students spend most of the day in the village, visit the church, have lunch at the tea-rooms and hold creative writing workshops in the gallery at Shandy Hall. The curator holds a special workshop on non-linear narrative and contemporary fiction in the Hall.
All Saints and Trinity College, Leeds English Department (Head: Paul Hardwick) bring students to Shandy Hall as part of their induction week. The first visit was in 2004 and they have been every year since. Visits to Shandy Hall include a workshop on non-linear narrative.
The University of Teesside Graphic Design Department (Head: Michael Hall) has been engaged with producing work for display and sale in connection with exhibitions at the Hall. Ten students submitted work (based on an excerpt from Tristram Shandy) for exhibition alongside the Patrick Caulfield exhibition and produced outstanding work for their modules, all part of their degree. This collaboration took place again in conjunction with the exhibition by Patrick Hughes.
National Association of Writers in Education (Director: Paul Munden)
NAWE is closely associated with Shandy Hall and the house acts as its registered office. Articles concerning exhibitions frequently appear in the organisation's magazine and members have rented the accommodation, Wolfson Cottage for workshops.
York Museums Trust
The YMT have kindly loaned items from their collection for both the 'River' and the 'Winged Skull' exhibitions.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
The YWT assisted with the 'Winged Skull' exhibition and have also advised on the development of the wild garden as a wildlife habitat.
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