Exhibition: Follow in Our Footsteps: Making Matters and SmART Thinking Schools’ Programmes
Fri 25 Oct 12–5pm, Sat 26 Oct 10am–5pm, Sun 27 Oct 11am–4pm
At Custom Lane, 1 Customs Wharf, Edinburgh, EH6 6AL
Follow In Our Footsteps brings together work made by pupils from eight schools as part of two innovative schools programmes at The Fruitmarket Gallery. Consisting of interactive installations, film, drawing and sculpture, the exhibition celebrates the fourth year of Making Matters and the second year of SmART Thinking. Through the projects we have built relationships with primary, secondary and special schools local to the gallery and in the Pilton and Muirhouse areas: Drummond Community High School, Craigroyston Community High School, Pilrig Park School, Prospect Bank School, Royal Mile Primary School, St David’s RC Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School and St Thomas of Aquins RC High School. Aiming to embed creativity in the curriculum and close the poverty related attainment gap, the programmes support pupils and teachers to engage with contemporary art, enabling young people from a range of backgrounds to have new experiences and to develop technical, critical and social skills.
From August to October 2019 the pupils and teachers have been working with artists Louise Fraser, Ewan Sinclair and Sean Young from Screen Education Edinburgh (SEE), exploring ideas generated by The Fruitmarket Gallery’s commission Night Walk for Edinburgh by artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. This work was first shown at the Edinburgh International Festival and takes participants on a walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town. You are guided by the voice of Janet Cardiff and a video screen, an unfolding story journeys you through the city past and present. The pupils experienced the walk as part of the project and have been drawing on its themes to produce their own work, the results will be seen in this exhibition.