Our Learning Programme offers children, young people and their families living in deprived areas of the West Midlands the freedom to discover, create and share.

With a focus on encouraging personal growth participants learn through exploration of  the natural environment and creative processes. They develop a knowledge and understanding of art through their own creative experiences, interaction with artists and tutors, and an introduction to Sidney Nolan’s work and studio.  Participants can find their creative voice in informal, encouraging and inspiring workshops set in the safe and beautiful space at Rodd Farm.

The Programme grew from the Trust’s Sculpture Programme in 2008 when young people from The Jammia Group in Sandwell visited regularly to explore The Rodd and work with artists in drawing, sculpture and stone carving. The Trust recognised the value to these young people who, by reason of geography, culture or ability, were deprived of the opportunity to spend time in the natural environment. Since then we have developed relationships with several organisations working together to nuture self-confidence, creative enquiry and a sense of respect for the natural world.

The Programme works with Sandwell Young Peoples Services, St Basils, St Pauls School, Balsall Heath and Creative Cohesion West Midlands; with Ikon Gallery and with freelance artists and arts professionals.

"Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child’s world and thus a world event."

Gaston Bachelard