The Prince's Trust (Fairbridge upstARTs project) 2013-2014
This project is part of Artes Mundi’s commitment to education and outreach, furthering our collaborative relationship established with Fairbridge during Artes Mundi 3. Now part of The Prince’s Trust, the Fairbridge programme offers individually tailored personal development for young people aged between 13 and 25 who are not in education, employment or training, empowering them through positive opportunities and experiences.
Working with jeweller and mixed media artist Kim Thomson, we delivered a twelve week programme offering sixteen young people opportunities for personal and artistic development through taster sessions, exhibition and gallery visits, and making sessions. The young people tried their hand at several art media including photography, printmaking, resins and plastics, experimental drawing, painting and Photoshop. They were inspired by outings to Cardiff and Bristol art venues, visiting ‘Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979’ at the National Museum Cardiff, Almut Linde’s ‘Radical Beauty’ at Chapter, Mshed, Arnolfini and they also enjoyed a graffiti art tour through the streets of Bristol.
The three month project culminated in the young people producing artwork for a month-long exhibition at Cardiff Library (11th December 2013 – 9th January 2014) entitled ‘Express Yourself’. The group drew on their new found skills, using photography and image editing to create a uniform series of images. Alongside these were displayed a series of self-portraits printed on semi-transparent acrylic and mounted on a lightbox. This exhibition offered the young people their first opportunity for public display, celebrating everything achieved.