Children and young people attending our summer holiday activities in 2018 raised our awareness of the need for art-related projects and the positive effects this can have for them. We have been working with artistic partners and hosting art activities for young people in collaboration with De Montfort University over the previous 12 months and this is the first arts project we are leading which will serve as a pilot for future art-related projects and demonstrate our capacity and ability to deliver high-quality art engagement activities.
Proud young artists at one of our Saturday morning Art Clubs
We will be working with children and young people aged 6 yrs to 13 yrs who are not currently participating or engaging in art-related projects outside of mainstream education. They will be able to experience a number of artistic techniques on a wide selection of formats such as water-based and oil based painting, drawing, creating large format posters and banners, costumes, facemasks and larger than life model characters, visually exploring our local area of Beaumont Leys and recording images that will inspire them to create pieces of art from local buildings, the history of the area, green spaces, people and communities in the area. The images will be printed and used for inspiration during workshops that introduce new styles, formats and artistic skills.
A key feature of the project will be creating artwork for their first art exhibition at De Montfort University and having their work available through social media in digital form.
Khush Kali will be the lead individual artist. She has a passion for working with children and young people from the Beaumont Leys area, having previously delivered high quality art sessions for us as part of our summer holiday programme.
De Montfort University provided art sessions last year and have helped us develop our own art-related projects. They will continue to help by providing staff and weekly art sessions as part of this new project, as well as offering volunteer in-kind support throughout the lifetime of our project.
This project will enable us to move beyond facilitating and hosting art sessions towards commissioning and employing artists for our own projects and future work.
At the end of the series of workshops we want children and young people to create and participate in their own exhibition which will be presented at De Montfort University in a one day event and kept on display for a short period at our centre. After this children and young people will be encouraged to take their pieces of art home for use in their own portfolios and future use.