Who?

Spacex is a leading contemporary art gallery located in the centre of Exeter; our diverse programme encourages the public to engage with the latest developments in contemporary art through a changing exhibitions programme, events, research and offsite projects. At Spacex Arts Award is delivered by the learning team and is an element of both the formal and public learning programmes. Ladysmith Junior School is a larger than average urban school for children aged 7-11.

Why?

For the past 3 years Spacex has been developing an informal 3 way art education partnership with Exeter University’s Post Graduate School of Education, Primary Art Specialism and Ladysmith Junior School. This project introduces both pupils and trainee teachers to working with artists and galleries.

For the past 3 years Spacex has been developing an informal 3 way art education partnership with Exeter University’s Post Graduate School of Education, Primary Art Specialism and Ladysmith Junior School. This project introduces both pupils and trainee teachers to working with artists and galleries.

What?

The sessions were based at school and offered as an after school club, parents were encouraged to come along to support their children. Visits to Spacex were arranged and a visiting artist came to one of the school based sessions to work with the group Jenny Mellings showed the group her work talked about the exhibition they had seen at Spacex and then introduced some basic techniques using oil paint something that none of the group had done before.

The sessions followed a similar format to the whole-class based sessions the children had previously experienced, but there was much more opportunity to look at ways of sharing opinions and thinking about their own interests and creativity. We set up a video camera in a few of the sessions that was managed by one of Spacex’s film makers, Pat Cullum this allowed participants to try out interviewing and being interviewed about their interests. Individuals were also encouraged to experiment with different ways of communicating their experiences, and it was very useful to have a few parents there to support this.

The Results

This was the first time we had delivered Arts Award Explore so we were trying things out and learning together about what worked and what didn’t. The Arts Award enabled the young people involved to work out for themselves how they could extend their own interests in the arts, and gave them the opportunity to try out activities.

Some of the children came to workshops at Spacex independently. Having gone through the pilot scheme we are now much clearer about how we can use Arts Award in our ongoing Partnership Project and will be able to work with PGCE students to deliver future Arts Award programmes.