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LV21 devise and deliver pioneering education programmes working with a number of schools, colleges, universities and partner organisations. Here are some of our current and ongoing education projects.

LV21 Young ShipMates

We’re currently developing a bespoke Young ShipMates programme designed to provide opportunities for young people across all ages and abilities to get involved in creative activity, learn new skills and share knowledge across generations.

We work with a number of regional educational settings, from nursery, primary and secondary schools to higher and further education through various arts and heritage initiatives and activities.

We are the lead organisation for local Family Arts Network, heART Medway. Working together with other arts and heritage partners in the area, we aim to increase our reach to engage with family audiences, offering a range of different experiences and exciting opportunities. We run free or subsidised family-friendly events and workshops during most school holidays.

We take part in the annual Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day, giving children and young people the chance to take the lead, work with professional adults for the day and be involved in decision-making. Children benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they do, helping to break down barriers between generations and encourage children’s active involvement in their communities.

We offer regular work experience opportunities to 6th form and university students and encourage young people to get involved in our volunteering programme through outreach work in the region.

If you would like to find out more about our work or suggest new ideas or partnerships please get in touch.

Arts Award

Light Vessel 21 is a registered Arts Award Centre. We work together with schools and professional artists to support young people achieve Arts Award at five different levels, four accredited qualifications (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) and an introductory award (Discover).

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible – a great way for children and young people to be inspired by and enjoy the arts!

To find out more about Arts Award please visit

INSPIRE 'Leading Through Culture'

LV21 is a Lead Arts Organisation for INSPIRE ‘Leading through Culture’ Project, part of the Kent Schools Olympic Legacy Programme, funded by Kent County Council, Artswork and Royal Opera House Bridge. This ambitious programme involving 130 schools and a key group of arts and cultural organisations from Kent, will enable young people to connect with and create arts and culture. We are working with 1260 young people from the age of 3 to 14 across 21 schools in Dartford, Gravesham and Swale until April 2014. Our project takes the participants on a journey of exploration and discovery and aims to inspire and support young leaders from each participating school to develop and lead on their own creative projects.

Project outcomes:

  • Students of all ages have explored what ‘leadership’ can mean for their age group and for them personally, and developed skills to help them enthuse, excite others and share learning.
  • Students have been able to propose ways to use the arts to inspire learning in their school.
  • All young leaders from across the partnership schools work with students from other settings and phases, developing confidence and a sense of their own potential.
  • Young leaders, teachers and arts organisations share an exciting, inspiring arts experience.
  • Teachers and a wide group of students in each school will have learned new art-form skills.
  • Schools and arts organisations will build collaborative relationships based on positive experiences through the programme.
  • A number of schools from each district have a trained arts award adviser.
  • Partnership project learning and outcomes will be shared in a range of ways during June-July 2014.

For further details please visit

Spoke 'n' Word

Spoke ‘n’ Word is an innovative and ambitious pedal-powered participation and performance project that will nurture and celebrate the talent and diversity of young people across Kent and Medway.

LV21 is working together with six arts organisations, Workers of Art, Lounge on the Farm, Revelations St. Mary’s, Wheely Groovy and Apples and Snakes, to build strong and sustained relationships between venues, young people and artists with the ambition of engaging and developing new audiences for poetry. The project is supported by the regional Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund.

We are currently looking for schools, youth organisations and groups in Medway, Dartford, Gravesham and Swale to take part in this exciting project in May-June 2014. We are able to work with only three groups no larger than 15 young people each, aged between 16-19 years old so places are very limited. If you would like to take part or find out more please contact us asap. Deadline for expressions of interest is Mon 6th January 2014.

Mentored by professional poets, Dan Simpson and Sven Stears, the selected young people will participate in a series of workshops that will culminate in a slam event at their setting. The young people will then be invited to perform alongside the professional poets aboard Light Vessel 21 during Fuse Festival in June 2014, before taking part in the grand slam final at the Wise Words Festival in Canterbury during September 2014.

Spoke ’n‘ Word will enable the young people to develop their artistic abilities as confident writers, live performers and socially engaged members of their community. Through exploring and debating controversial issues they will develop a number of skills, including enquiry, critical thinking and analytical skills as well as learning to make reasoned judgments, respect the opinions of others, weigh up different viewpoints, participate actively in arguments and debates, and resolve conflict.

Performances and activities in schools will be powered by bicycle generated energy, a fun, unusual and engaging way to take part, and an introduction to sustainable energy.

The Spoke ’n’ Word project is inspired by Shake the Dust – a national programme developed by Apples and Snakes, the leading organisation for performance poetry in England. Although a slam is of course competitive in nature, like Shake the Dust, this programme will celebrate the taking part and hopes to keep each young person involved throughout the duration of the project.

For more information please visit

One Way Ticket

LV21 is pleased to be working with One Way Ticket, a spoken word theatre show about the British Child Migrants’ scandal of the 1950s, for 8 – 12 years audiences, in London and the South East.

Drawing on the real-life experiences of post-WW2 British Child Migrants, One Way Ticket is performance poetry theatre that challenges, entertains, enthralls, and educates. Audiences will join the performers on a trip back into the 1950s, being invited to follow children of an earlier era on a life-changing trip, and through the ensuing years as they search for families on the other side of the world.

Reflecting the historical migrant experience, venues for the tour include two ships, LV21 and SS Shieldhall. One Way Ticket offers a language-rich, unique opportunity in the arena of children’s theatre, exploring issues of family, class, belonging, and migration.

The show is presented by Rosie Harris, in conjunction with Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Apples and Snakes, and the Nuffield Theatre, and is supported by Arts Council England.

All performances will include half-day companion workshops to the show, offering educational and creative exploration of themes of migration, dispossession and identity, and creative writing and performance skills for 8 to 12 year olds. The tour arrives aboard LV21 Mon 7th – Wed 9th April 2014. Tickets will be available soon.

The cast

Rosemary Harris is an Australian writer and performer, whose performances include Bristol Poetry Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Radio 3, and Apples and Snakes touring poetry shows, Broken Words and SPIN. A contributor to CBeebies’ Poetry Pie. Rosie’s previous ACE-funded solo spoken word show, A Roo In My Suitcase, is still touring with ‘Half Moon Presents…’

Justin Coe is a performance poet whose credits include Danny’s Dictionary of Dads, The Jumble Book, (Brighton Festival Fringe and Tour), and original family shows For Kent Libraries Summer Schemes.

Sophie Rose is a graduate of East 15 Acting School, whose writing and performance includes Tongue Fu at Rich Mix; Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre; Polka Theatre, and the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Read blog post on the show development phase at


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