Opt in for Art Exhibition
19 April – 6 May 2007
Opt in for Art was developed by The Fruitmarket Gallery as a two-year funded programme of educational activities, targeting excluded children and young people aged 7–18 years old. The programme was mainly funded by The Scottish Arts Council and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and ran from March 2005 until May 2007. Its principal aims were firstly to encourage and support more children and young people to engage with contemporary art through The Fruitmarket Gallery’s exhibition programme; and secondly to use the educational potential of the exhibitions as a resource to stimulate learning.
In the first two years of Opt in for Art, the Gallery delivered 152 events for children and young people, working with 37 schools and 12 youth groups.
A total of 2,283 children and young people contributed to the Opt in for Art programme in its first two years. Their participation resulted in a wide range of artwork, presented in an exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery from 19 April to 6 May 2007. The Exhibition attracted an audience of 7,704. A publication was produced which acts as a catalogue to the exhibition and includes postcards featuring images of work created during the programme, an essay by Opt in for Art Coordinator Johnny Gailey and statistics.
Opt in for Art came to the end of its SAC Lottery Funding in May 2007. Opt in for Art is now integrated into the Gallery education programme, ensuring sustainability and the ongoing delivery of high quality visual art experiences for children and young people.