City young people switch on to art in new Saturday project

Issue date: 12 April 2005

Issue date: 12/04/05

A new art, design and media project for young people in Bristol, called the TO-DO Saturday Project, kicks off this Saturday (16 April 2005) at UWE’s Bristol School of Art, Media and Design (BSAMD).

The TO-DO Saturday project will give young people the opportunity to develop their art, design and media skills and offer them to chance to work with experienced practitioners to develop their own ideas for fashion and textiles, sculpture and drawing, animation, graphics and multimedia, and moving image and sound.

The Saturday Project is just one part of TO-DO, an extensive initiative developed in partnership with Hengrove Community Arts College, and supported by city organisations including GWR ‘Kidz’ Fund, The Greater Bristol Foundation, Creative Partnerships, Connexions and UWE.

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, “This is a really exciting project that has had a fantastic response. The young people participating in the project are keen to develop their creative abilities. I’ve had lots of calls and e-mails from young people telling me that they want to be Fashion Designers, to make films or to be Sculptors, Artists or Designers. Everyone that I’ve spoken to has been really enthusiastic about the opportunity to make use of the knowledge and facilities at BSAMD, and we are really pleased to be able to host the project here. It would be great to make it an annual event – the demand is certainly there! Maybe it’s because Bristol is such a creative city to live in – lots of young people here definitely aspire to make their mark in the creative world, and it’s brilliant to be able to offer them a chance to start to do it!”

The TO-DO project has been running since Autumn 2004 and has included workshops, exhibitions and several other project strands linked to art, design and media that has enabled BSAMD to work in partnership with many Bristol-based arts-and-education organisations.

Sam goes on to say, “The fact that so many organisations in Bristol have supported this project is a real vote of confidence, and demonstrates the commitment there is in the city to supporting young people to develop their talent, and achieve their ambitions. We are genuinely excited about the potential for the development of this project as a model to build on for the future.”


Editor’s notes

Photo Opportunity: 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
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, Connexions). Participants: Young people aged 14-19 from across the city.
For more information on the TO-DO Project please contact:
Sam Thomson, Project Manager, UWE Bristol School of Art, Media & Design – 07790 095162.
Rebecca Fitzgerald, Hengrove Arts College Manager – 0117 3772800 ext 268
Louise Jennings, Marketing Officer, UWE Bristol School of Art, Media and Design 0117 9656261

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