Arts Award Success at Berwick Children's Centre


Arts Award Success at Berwick Children's Centre

Young people attending the Young Carer’s group at Berwick Children’s Centre have spent the last year exploring the visual arts and creating their own artworks during their fortnightly sessions. Supported by Berwick Visual Arts, nine young people that attend the group have completed their Arts Award Explore qualification during this creative process.

The young people have worked with Helen Donley from Northern Print over four workshop sessions, which included using woodcut and screen printing processes. They created their own individual artwork and screen printed bags, T-shirts and paper prints for their final artwork pieces which they presented to their families at a sharing event.

The Arts Award Explore is an Entry Level 3 qualification that has four elements to it which includes being inspired by the arts, exploring arts organisations and artists, creating your own artwork and presenting your work to others. The young people collated evidence throughout their Arts Award journey in portfolios that were all successfully moderated through Trinity College London.

All members of the group have passed their Arts Award Explore qualification and have been awarded their certificates by the Mayor Councillor Hazel Bettison at a celebratory event for their creative hard work.

As well as creating their own artwork and trying different techniques the young people visited local and regional art galleries, including taking a guided tour around BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, visiting Northern Print Studios in Newcastle, and visiting last years’ Generation NOISE and AIR exhibitions at the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick.

Feedback from the young people included “I liked seeing the work of a real artist. I found this interesting.” Keighley Walton, co-ordinator for the group said “The young people have grown in confidence, skills and techniques and demonstrated a high level of enjoyment throughout the process. Huge congratulations to them all.”

The project was coordinated by Berwick Visual Arts, part of The Maltings Trust and funded by Northumberland Arts Development (NAD). Val Tobiass, Learning and Engagement Coordinator at Berwick Visual Arts said “Young people living in rural areas rarely have access to visual arts opportunities like this, working with a professional artist over a number of weeks and visiting outstanding arts organisations gave the young people an experience which was described as “excellent” by the Arts Award moderator.” Berwick Visual Arts and NAD are planning to develop further projects working with Children Centres across Northumberland over the coming year.

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