Students from Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Academies have been taking part in Art at Work a two-year, Arts Council funded education programme delivered by academies’ sponsor the Aldridge Foundation, in partnership with two of Brighton & Hove’s leading arts organisations, Photoworks and Lighthouse, with the support of Brighton & Hove City Council.
Artatwork.org.uk is a new website built by Brighton-based graphic designer Oli Pyle. A creative space where students, teachers, artists and those involved in the project can share their experiences, artatwork.org.uk also acts as a public platform through which the students can share their work with a wider audience. In addition, as the programme progresses, the website will advertise opportunities for other young people across the city, inviting them to take part in the Art at Work programme.
Since the Art at Work programme began in early 2013, artists and technologists have been helping the students in a variety of activities designed to develop students’ enterpreneurial skills and raise awareness of careers within the creative industries.
So far, the students have participated in:
A competition to design a fantasy festival for the city. The winning teams were rewarded with a trip on the Brighton Wheel with a professional photographer to take shots of the city from the air.
A series of Creative Cafés where they gained career ideas and inspiration from a range of creative industry professionals such as app developers Dharmafly, and technologist Alex Buckley of live arts performance company Rolemop
A Game Jam to develop new games as part of Brighton Digital Festival
Artist-led workshops to reverse engineer the secret recipe for Coca-Cola
And a trip to London to see an exhibition curated by Photoworks at prestigious London art gallery, the Jerwood Space, offering new perspectives on family photography.
Year 10 and 12 art students are now working with photographer Marysa Dowling and creative technologists James Casey and Alex Buckley to explore the concept of the family portrait as part of their art coursework, and to help them earn additional accreditation through a Silver Arts Award.
The students are planning an exhibition of their original photographic work for Autumn 2014.
Honor Wilson-Fletcher, Chief Executive of the Aldridge Foundation, said: “Art at Work is a great opportunity for students to develop the confidence and skills they may need to enjoy, participate, contribute to and work successfully in a sector of enormous local and national significance. It’s a very exciting project for our students and for the City’s arts community.”