Growing Ideas Project
The Gallery runs regular two-day taster workshops for teenagers, giving them opportunities to work with artists learning new techniques and processes. The Gallery organised a trip to Newcastle to see an international street art exhibition in January 2007, as a way to bring previous participants together with new recruits for a three-month ‘studio’ project.
13 young people made the trip and over the following three months the young people had the opportunity to work with two artists developing their own work, in regular Friday afternoon sessions. The longer timespan gave the young people more freedom to self-direct their activity, collaborate, take risks, and let ideas develop over months. Initial ideas, such as the female J-League pro footballer Alex Brockie who featured in a comic strip workshop, grew as the young artists developed their confidence.
The resulting artworks were included in the Opt in for Art exhibition in April 2007, and some of the young people can be heard talking about their work in the Opt in for Art podcast.