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10 August 2011

Give it a go!

The following is a press release about the exciting 'I love art' project involving local schools and being run by SAW artist, Sara Dudman. Please see details of an opportunity to volunteer and 'give it a go' at helping hang an exhibition of students work/get involved in workshops at The Brewhouse this August. On a blog post about a month ago I talked about my own experiences at working with the 'I love art' project and how inspiring it has been as a part of my practice. So please take the time to read the information below and 'Give it a go!'

I Love Art (at The Brewhouse)
'KS2-3 Young Artists Gallery Education Project 2011'

Coinciding with SAW 2011, an exhibition of work by pupils and teachers from 4 Taunton Schools will be held in the Box Office at the Brewhouse from 21st – 28th September.

It’s all been happening over the past few weeks at The Brewhouse and Castle School in Taunton. Young artists from 4 Taunton schools have been working alongside their teachers with artists, including Double Elephant Print Workshop and art educators to explore, interpret, analyse and respond to the visual art exhibitions on show at the Brewhouse Gallery and CafĂ© Bar. 20 children from 2 primary schools and 2 secondary schools and their teachers have been stuck into drawing and printmaking on Wednesday afternoons from 2-6pm in The Cultivate Hub at The Brewhouse, working on themes and subjects suggested by the visual artwork exhibited at The Brewhouse.

On August 24th, 25th and 26th The Brewhouse’s Cultivate Hub will once again be alive with activity as the children and teachers will come together again to create paintings responding to the current exhibition, “Absinthe and Presence” – it is a rare and valuable opportunity for children and adults alike to meet the challenge of exploring a conceptual abstract exhibition as inspiration for their own explorations in paint.

‘Arts Adventures’ is a programme of after school and holiday arts activities available to children and young people in Somerset. Secured by SPAEDA, funded by Somerset County Council as part of the ‘Give it a Go!’ scheme, local professional artists will be running a series of free arts activities during the summer term and holiday period. ‘Arts Adventures’ aims to give, children and young people who wouldn’t usually have the opportunity, the chance to explore the arts, whilst encouraging them to discover their own creativity - a safe space to try new things, gain new skills, build confidence, make friends and have fun!

In partnership with The Brewhouse, the project aims to encourage schools to visit and engage with live visual art available on their doorsteps, developing analytical, critical and creative thinking skills in addition to the practical artistic development of the youngsters and their teachers. The project fosters children’s confidence, self-esteem and commitment, whilst also acting as a catalyst for further development of practice in schools more widely.

Nicky, secondary school art teacher said: “We all really enjoyed the session and I was slightly amazed how quickly the girls became absorbed in the whole process”.

Potential Opportunities for Placement Artists:

Gain valuable experience by coming along to help out and enjoy the experience on 24, 25, 26th August : contact Sara below. We will also be holding further sessions at the Brewhouse in September, with an exhibition to run from 20th – 28th September at the Brewhouse Boxoffice. Any volunteers to help hang the exhibition on 20th September would again be most welcome and should contact for more information.

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