We are thrilled to announce that all 16 young people attained their Arts Award, following their participation in the Institute of Anything’s Summer School programme, Woven Stories. The course was hosted by Central St Martin’s Art College and took place over three action-packed weeks in August. 12 young people gained Arts Award Silver, while four achieved Bronze.
During the course, the talented cohort worked with contemporary artists to develop their practice. These included Bettina Fung, who led a session in experimental drawing, and Lisa Luxx, who introduced the group to performance poetry. They took part in sessions with Central St Martin’s tutors, Stephanie Buttle and Lucie Libotte to learn skills in ceramics and weaving using the college’s facilities. In a workshop led by Sam Curtis and Mario Dellow, the group took to Chapel Market in Angel to find inspiration and materials for collaborative installations. As well as learning new skills, each young person developed a personal project based on their own interests; these ranged from a shrine to common people to a robot-inspired photography piece.
The group visited Hella Congeries’ exhibition, Breathing Colour, at the brand new Design Museum, and Chris Ofili’s Weaving Magic at the National Gallery, where they were given a presentation by one of the gallery’s young producers. They also took the lead, by each devising and delivering a tailor-made skill sharing sessions for a peer.
We’re immensely proud of the group and their fantastic achievements, and can’t wait to see where they take their art practice next.
Experimental drawing with Bettina
A provocation from Lisa’s workshop…
Laurie’s shrine to common people
D’Carlos’ spoken word performance, a critique of Click-baiting
Success at the moderation
“The summer school showed me that you can take art anywhere and make it your own.” Participant
“I learnt skills in zine making, mark making, collage, ceramics and weaving.” Participant
“It was liberating!” Participant
“The young people were given a clear brief and direction, and they felt confident to explore their imaginations. A privilege to moderate. Well done!” Charles Savage, Arts Award Moderator
The programme was generously supported by Central St Martin’s College, UAL, Islington Council’s Summerversity and Launchpad programme, and Arts Award Access Fund.