In 2019 Ryelands was awarded Gold ArtsMark by Arts Council England.

At Ryelands, our motto of ‘Imagine, Believe, Achieve’ reflects our desire for every individual’s creativity to be respected, valued and nurtured. We share a belief that every child should exceed their dreams across the arts.

Images from the ‘Imagine, Believe, Achieve’ mural, completed in 2018. Click to enlarge

We actively welcome external providers into school to provide further depth into the arts and create real contexts for our pupils. Over the past few years we have built successful working relationships with Lancaster University, Ludus Dance, More Music and The Dukes Theatre. Artist Nicki Smith has worked on many projects with the children, including the Alfred Huberman Writing Award and the permanent ‘Imagine, Believe, Achieve’ mural.

Ryelands is a member of the Lancaster and Morecambe Schools Art Trail, which organises a large scale exhibition trail around a theme each summer. We are proud to boast that every child in Ryelands creates a piece of work for the trail.

In 2017 we made bunting around the theme of Lancaster- Linking City, Coast and Countryside

The Junior Art Leaders take great pride in leading their subject in school. In the summer of 2019, they organised a whole school Art Week based around sculpture in the environment. They ran the exhibition opening for families and governors, which was a great success.

We place a great emphasis on drawing and children are taught drawing skills on a weekly basis in all classes

Ryelands is a centre for Arts Award. We currently have twenty seven children working towards their Discover level.

The Coronaquilt.

To recognise Refugee Week, Lancashire County Council invited school students to create a square for a Coronaquilt. The children at Ryelands looked at how colours affect the way we feel and thought about the colours of safety. They talked about the colour of their safe place and where they felt safe during Lockdown and how refugees need to find a safe place to live.
The children used paper and fabric to create their safe place: some used pictures and others made their squares quite abstract. Each square was photographed and digitally stitched together with the work from other students to create a virtual quilt.