We are creating an access and outreach programme that will engage and inspire people of all generations, from toddlers and school children through to elderly people, and from all walks of life, with a particular focus on those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special needs. The project will create work experience and volunteer opportunities to enable people to gain new skills, build their confidence and equip them for employment.
Since closing in January 2015 Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery has been engaging with local primary and secondary schools, running in-school sessions which show how Sir John Soane and Pitzhanger can be related to the subject areas or art, design, history, maths and science. We’ve run family fun days such as the Big Draw and Big Lunch festivals in Walpole Park and have worked with community groups on projects such as planting sessions in Pitzhanger’s walled garden and photography workshops with young people.
Pitzhanger continues to work with the University of West London on widening participation to higher education for young people in Ealing and we have recently expanded a series of workshops which bring practicing architects into secondary schools to inspire students with the work of Soane, aiming to encourage pupils to consider a future career in architecture.