Expressive Arts, What's On

The Expressive Arts Service is dedicated to supporting all pupils to flourish and achieve in and through the arts, contributing to school improvement, pupil attainment and wellbeing.

The service invites schools and settings to participate in an exciting range of professionally led creative learning activities working alongside experienced creative arts practitioners – dancers, actors, artists, storytellers and musicians.

The service provides opportunities for progression and organises regular festivals, events, gigs and concerts to encourage pupils to enjoy and succeed in the arts.

Through the new Arts and Education Network: North Wales and partnerships with arts, culture and heritage organisations schools access resources, specialist advice, continuing professional development (CPD) and a programme of Arts Champions.

Contact us to discuss your pupils, your priorities and how we can best support you.


Creative Dance Festivals
All schools are warmly invited to participate in this well established and much loved celebration. Just choose a date and a venue that suits you best. Select a class and, with the support of our wonderful dance artists, pupils will explore new and challenging experiences to create and perform a short dance.

Dawns Dyno
Practice rock climbing using a climbing wall or a mobile bouldering cube. Re-combine the gestures, shapes and feelings in dance sessions. Each residency is tailored to the age of the pupils and the climbing facilities available and so can be offered to KS2, 3 & 4. £200

Dance and Poetry
Project for primary pupils to practice listening, understanding and speaking Welsh and use their choice of poem as inspiration for an original piece of creative dance. £200

Lets’ Dance
A lively introductory workshop for pupils of any age linked to your curriculum, class theme or project. £40


Pigtown Theatre Company will develop a script from a piece of Play in a Day creative writing by a pupil or a class and then visit your school to make a play to be performed by the end of the day. £250

Developing language & communication skills through books for the Love Books youngest pupils. £42 per workshop / £110 for 3

Number Wizard (Foundation Phase) / Count Down (KS2)
Numeracy projects which give pupils opportunities to enjoy using basic maths skills in an immersive drama: Telling the time, Handling Money, Number bonding to 10 & 20, Counting down from 10, Recognising Patterns, Sorting items, Number names to 20, Odd & Even Numbers, 3-D shapes. £200

Blast Off
Blast Off into outer space with the scientists working for Proton as they plan a new holiday destination on a deserted planet. What happens when we find that the planet is still occupied, that there has been a war and that it was people like us who let them down? Can we find out what happened and try to make amends? £200

It’s Cora’s World War Too!
Meet Cora, evacuated to Colwyn Bay from Liverpool, and follow her funny, fascinating story of finding new friends. £42

Time Traveller
Zip forwards and backwards in time and be an eye witness at key events in history: Become Egyptian Priests, Roman soldiers, Suffragette Emily Davidson or British and German soldiers in the trenches during WWI on Christmas Day. £42


Eleri Jones and Wendy Couling – Artists
Eleri and Wendy have years of experience working as Freelance Artists, delivering Art projects to pupils from Nursery to Year 12 in schools across North Wales. As practicing Artists they can offer Printmaking, Painting and Drawing, Collage, 3D; in fact they are able to deliver a wide variety of workshops on any chosen theme so get in touch with your ideas. A one-off workshop or a longer residency to complement and enrich the national curriculum and provide inspiration for pupils and teachers alike.

Urdd Eisteddfod
Explore the theme through a variety of media.

Criw Celf
Art clubs for children and young people in year 6, 7 or 8who have shown talent and/or a special interest in art. Artist led master classes, art trips, quality materials, exhibitions.
Siân E Young 01492 575572

12 Vaughan Street, Llandudno
Wales’ leading gallery of Contemporary Art Gallery visits & learning activities including Mostyn Ninjas for young artists.
01492 868197

Royal Cambrian Academy
Crown Lane, Conwy
An artist led centre for artistic excellence in Wales
Gallery visits & educational workshops including Saturday Art Club for primary school pupils and their families.
01492 593413


Canu fel Eos – Sing like a Nightingale
Canu fel Eos offers schools extra help in preparing for celebrations, concerts and special events. A whole class or a school choir learn and perform songs for parents, friends and governors. £170 – £250

Sound Play
Fun workshops introducing pupils to the elements of music through singing, recorder playing and creative composition using tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. £170 – £250

African Drumming
Techniques and rhythms with Carol Thomas using her authentic djembe drums, a real flavour of world music for all ages. Book a day or half day for the whole school to enjoy! £200 / £120

Samba Band
Celebrate with a variety of traditional shakers, beaters, scrapers, whistles and drums and feel the thrill of these intoxicating beats! With Carol Thomas. £200 / £120

Percussion Club A weekly session for half a term or a whole year with expert percussionist Sue Hughes and a wide variety of stunning instruments. Positive participation and creative responses for the group, class or school. £170 – £250

Bang the Drum
3rd October 2016. A world-wide record attempt to raise money to support street children everywhere.

CânSing 2017
1,000 voices in 2016 – surely we can’t top that in 2017!

Poetry Storytelling


Conwy Library Service
Author visits, Summer Reading Challenge and special events such as World Book Day from our Library Service.
01492 576139

Llandudno Museum
Magical global and local collections to inspire and engage, telling the stories of this area and beyond by involving you in learning hands-on style from the collections. So get creative, bring the past to life for your pupils and help them glean the wonder and significance of their local history.

Have a morning or a whole day listening to stories and making up your own in Welsh or English linked to your class theme or topic and developing oracy, reading and writing. £200 / £120

Young Storyteller of Wales
If you are a young storyteller aged between 7 and 18 years of age, take part in Young Storyteller of Wales 2016. You can tell your story in Welsh, in English or bilingually, and enter alone, as a duo or group of three and there is no entry fee.