Arts Awards for City Arts’ young participants

Date published: 13 Jan 2014

Posted by: Joe Pick

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Twenty-four young people that took part in City Arts projects have been awarded the Explore grade Arts Award for the fantastic work they’ve done with us over the last couple of years.  The Arts Award is a great way for young people to develop their creativity and artistic skills.  It is a qualification recognised by employers and educators across the UK.

The young award winners worked with us on three different projects:

Last summer young people taking part in our Express Yourself programmed worked with sculptor James Sutton, and took inspiration from the wildlife in Gedling’s Arnot Hill Park, to create a set of brightly coloured flying bird sculptures.  The birds are on permanent display, suspended in the atrium of Gedling Borough Council’s Civic Centre.

From 2011 to early 2012, young people from the MyPlace Centre and Samworth Church Academy in Mansfield were involved in our Resonation project.  They created new work with a variety of musicians and artists, including music for City Arts’ giant chimes.  A spectacular performance at the Mansfield Palace Theatre gave the participants an opportunity to share their work with friends, family and the public.

In 2011, Express Yourself worked with students from a secondary school in Gedling.  The students created & curated an exhibition of their own work.  Fantastic paintings, drawning and collages were displayed.

To get an Arts Award young people have to explore different art forms, learn about the art world and create new work. All our young participants worked hard to receive their awards and we are very proud of them and their achievements.