Creative Connections
Schools Programme

Since October 2023 we have welcomed 242 pupils and 15 teaching staff from six schools in south Edinburgh as part of a new schools programme, Creative Connections

Prestonfield, Gilmerton, Gracemount, Liberton, St. Catherine’s and Craigour Park primary schools have been visiting our galleries and studio space to explore exhibitions, think together and make collaborative responses through drawing and screenprinting.  

 

‘I learned how to print. I also learned that art is not just painting, it’s more than painting.’ 

 

Over the next three years, Creative Connections will draw on Fruitmarket’s rich experience and expertise in co-production to improve well-being, attainment and learning outcomes for young people in Primary 5 to Primary 7 classes through the expressive arts.  

Six cross-discipline artists have been recruited and paired to work in collaboration with teachers and pupils from each school through 2024: Carol Brookes, Alice Dansey-Wright, Georgie Faye, Lorna Gallagher, Greer Pester and Kate Temple. 

Between our Learning Studio, the school classroom and outdoor play spaces, these artists will spend their residency co-designing high quality creative projects with teachers and pupils that draw upon the gallery’s exhibition programme in tandem with explorations of relevant topics in the school curriculum, such as sustainability. Each class will have several visits from their artist, and will have multiple trips to Fruitmarket.  

Alongside these exciting opportunities for young people, encouraging and developing teacher confidence to engage with contemporary art is a key aim of the project. Creative Connections Lead Artist, Lou Fraser, will facilitate professional learning events that will enable participants to experiment and play with an array of arts materials in relaxed, inclusive environments, encouraging discussion around the power of creativity in and outside of arts education.  

 

‘Every time I have visited Fruitmarket, I have felt like I will learn something new.’  

 

Come June, pupils will have the opportunity to showcase their work from the first round of workshops in an exhibition at school – an exciting chance to involve the wider school community through long-term, collaborative and meaningful creative engagement. 

Creative Connections provides a unique opportunity for both pupils and teachers to receive regular contact and gain practical skills from a practicing professional artist.

 

This project has been made possible with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. 

Creative Connections Artists

Coral Brookes is an artist and educator based in Glasgow. Her multidisciplinary practice playfully investigates how natural and fabricated environments and objects relate to bodies and behaviour through expanded forms of drawing, sculpture and participatory projects. 

@coral.brookes

 

Alice Dansey-Wright is an artist and designer with an interdisciplinary practice crossing mural painting, textiles, model making and illustration driven by a fascination of scale, illusion and trompe l’œil. She often works collaboratively with other makers and has a breadth of experience in learning and engagement activity. 

www.alicemakes.com 

 

Georgie Faye is an artist based in Edinburgh, primarily practicing in printmaking. Participation, sharing and socially engaged practice is at the heart of her work, with the search for place and connections in landscape and history at the core of her work.  

www.georgiefay.com 

 

Lorna Gallagher is an artist educator whos work crosses several disciplines including animation, printmaking, paper cutting and illustration. As a trained primary school teacher she has designed and facilitated art engagement projects with many organisations including National Galleries Scotland, Jupiter+ and The Dick Institute. 

www.lorna-love.com  

 

Greer Pester is a multidisciplinary visual and participatory artist based in Glasgow. She regularly works with different community groups and organisations, using collage, painting, tactile sculpture, installation and text to explore human intimacy and states of connection with nature and one another. 

@greerpester 

 

Kate Temple is a visual artist living near Edinburgh. She works with installation, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and collecting. She is interested in cross-disciplinary and socially engaged practices, leading numerous programmes of art and community engagement across Scotland. 

Kate Temple website 

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