For the last 18 months First Art has run courses in Bolosver, Hucknall, Dronfield and Mansfield helping young people get started with digital art. In April 2016, the programme ran its 5th course in Chesterfield.

Professional audio-visual performer Bec Smith led workshops at Donut Creative Arts Studio teaching 12 participants, aged between 16 and 25 years, new digital skills and giving them an understanding of the digital arts sector.

‘The course kept me up at night thinking of ideas for projects and music!’
Course Participant

Young people visit Derby Quad

Over the course of a week they were introduced to projection mapping software Tagtool and image editor Pixelmator, as well as creating GIFs and working with photographer Pierce Starre at Derby Quad. With direction and advice from Pierce the young people took some stunning but unconventional portrait photographs using a digital SLR camera and studio lighting. Each young person then used these new skills to create artwork that was showcased at a celebration event on the final day.

Stylised photo created in workshop

‘The course has helped me get back in to my creative flow of expressing myself.’
Course Participant

In a large hall at Donut Creative Arts Studio, reimagined by the young people, projections were mapped onto screens, box towers and shop dummies. An exhibition showcased the group photographs and drawings. Friends and family were invited to view the work and join First Art in celebrating the young people’s amazing achievements.

During the course, participants were supported by The Prince’s Trust, and will continue to be for 3 months afterwards. The Prince’s Trust highly skilled team work alongside the young people, identifying what the next steps are, be it training, education or employment then make contact with the relevant agencies to put the plans in place.

On behalf of Junction Arts, First Art and The Prince’s Trust, City Arts would like to thank all the young people who took part: Xtao Mei Chan,Callum Gregory, Liam Matthews, Sarah Turner, Sarah Taylor, Emma Robinson, Jacob Swift, Jordan Elsegood, Jonathan Whetton, William Holmes, Sam Bargh, Liam Matthews.

The next Get Started with Digital Art will run in August. First Art is an Arts Council England funded Creative People and Places programme. Partners in the consortium leading the project are Creswell Heritage Trust, Junction Arts, City Arts, The Prince’s Trust and community representatives.