UWE artists create art opportunities for Bristol pupils

Issue date: 27 January 2005


Issue date: 27/01/05

Staff from the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design at UWE are working with young people in the City to develop their art, design and media skills through a project called TO-DO, which offers them the chance to work with experienced artists, designers and media practitioners.

TO-DO is an extensive initiative that has been developed in partnership with Hengrove Community Arts College, and which includes a series of exhibitions, workshops and collaborative projects and activities, hosted at Hengrove School’s ‘Art Gym’, UWE’s Bower Ashton Campus and by partner organisations across the city, including Knowle West Media Centre (funded through Creative Partnerships), At-Bristol, and the newly established extended schools service.

The TO-DO project will continue through 2005 with a series of collaborative projects and workshops.

In April and May Bristol School of Art, Media and Design will host the TO-DO Saturday project, a series of free Saturday Workshops for young people, city-wide, to participate in an art, design and media project which aims to develop skills, confidence and ability in the production of creative work, as well as encouraging participation. Over four Saturdays in April and May 2005 (16, 23, 30 April and 7 May 2005), those taking part will get be offered the opportunity to work with UWE lecturers who are practising artists, designers and media practitioners to develop their own creative work through a series of structured projects. The project aims to encourage young people’s aspirations for learning, participation and personal development.

The TO-DO project will also be offering teachers in the city the opportunity to work with UWE’s art, media and design staff in developing an art, design and photography project that can be delivered back in the classroom. Developed in collaboration with Hengrove Community Arts College, this unique staff development and pupil participation project ‘OPEN HERE’ will culminate in an exhibition of pupil’s work at Hengrove Community Arts College’s purpose built ‘Art Gym’ in May.

Sam Thomson, Senior Lecturer at Bristol School of Art, Media and Design, has been responsible for developing the TO-DO project, in partnership with Rebecca Fitzgerald from Hengrove Arts College.

Sam says, “I have been working with Hengrove School since Summer 2004 to develop a series of projects, exhibitions and opportunities for artists, pupils at Hengrove, staff in primary and secondary education and young people in the wider Bristol community. This is an exciting and extensive project, which really demonstrates the commitment of staff and teachers in schools, at UWE, and in arts organisations across the city to providing opportunities for learning, and to working in partnership with one another to develop really innovative approaches to cross-curricular activities. We are looking forwards to the next stages of the project, and are genuinely excited about the potential for the development of this project as a model to build on for the future.”

Any school’s staff who would like further information about the TO-DO project, or who are interested in being involved in the staff development and exhibition project can contact Sam Thomson 0117 328 4716 sam.thomson@uwe.ac.uk, or Rebecca Fitzgerald at Hengrove Community Arts College on 0117 377 2800 ext 268, rfitzger@hengrove.bristol.sch.uk

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Editor’s notes

For more information please contact:
Sam Thomson, Project Manger – 07790 095162; Rachel Fitzgerald, Hengrove Arts College Manager – 0117 37 72800 ext 268 or Louise Jennings, Marketing Officer, UWE Bristol School of Art, Media and Design – 0117 9656261

The TO-DO Saturday Project (Funded by UWE, GWR FM Kidz Fund, The Bank of Ireland UK Fund, Hengrove Community Arts College and the Greater Bristol Foundation)
Participants: Young people aged 14-19
Photographers are welcome to visit the project on Saturday 7 May at 2.00pm when participants in the project will be available for photos with their work.
Venue: UWE BSAMD, Kennel Lodge Road, off Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, Bristol, BS3 2JT.
Contact: Sam Thomson 07790 095162

OPEN HERE Staff Development Project (Funded by UWE & Hengrove Community Arts College)
Participants: Teachers from primary and secondary schools across Bristol.
Photographers are welcome to visit the project on Friday 18 March at 2.15pm when participants in the project will be available for photos in the Arts College Gallery Space.
Venue: Hengrove Community Arts College, Petherton Road, Hengrove, Bristol, BS14 BU.
Contact: Rebecca Fitzgerald 07730 588283

The Utopia’s Project: Animation three-day project (Funded by Creative Partnerships, UWE, the extended schools service & Hengrove Community Arts College)
Participants: six students from Hengrove Community Arts College - Year eight, plus one teacher
Photographers are welcome to visit the project on Friday 18 March at 2.00pm when participants in the project will be available for photos with their work.
Venue: Bristol School of Animation, UWE BSAMD, Kennel Lodge Road, off Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, Bristol, BS3 2JT.
Contact: Sam Thomson 07790 095162/Louise Jennings 0117 9656261

The Utopia’s Project: Moving Image five day project (Funded by Creative Partnerships, UWE, the extended schools service & Hengrove Community Arts College)
Participants: six students from Hengrove Community Arts College - Year eight, plus one teacher
Photographers are welcome to visit the project on Friday 18 March at 2.00pm when participants in the project will be available for photos with their work.
Venue: Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Knowle West, Bristol, BS4 1NL
Contact: Sam Thomson 07790 095162/Carolyn Hassan 0117 9030444.

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