In considering what Hard to reach meant for young people resident in Cornwall, possibly Art students and those already engaged in the Arts would be lower down on my list. During a project with Truro college A’ Level Art students in December, the discovery that around 8 out of 10 students had not visited Tate St Ives forced a quick reconsider.
The result was a collaboration with Circuit at Tate St Ives and Truro College Art department, working with artist Naomi Frears in a week long residency and workshop based at the college. During May 2014 Naomi worked with each of the A’Level art students, leading workshops in sketch book making and the professional practice of being an artist.
The week concluded with a group of students and tutors visiting Tate St Ives for our first Young@Tate day, with students showcasing the work they created with Naomi during the week, and leading a drop-in origami sketch book workshop for other young people. We also worked with a small group of Truro college students as part of our Peer Leader training programme, to producing an inspired series of happenings and activities in the gallery spaces.
As student Emily said:
Visiting Naomi Frears studio in St Ives was really inspiring, I’ve never met a Fine Artist before, it made me feel I could make Art and study it at Degree level maybe even pursuing it as a career!
Check out the Truro College Art blog for more pictures and thoughts.
We look forward to welcoming back some of the Truro students at our next Young@Tate day on July 12th, and to our future projects in discussion!