Sampling Futures projects are as diverse as the schools we work with. Each project is tailored in response to specific requests from schools, pupil referral units or community groups. At the University of the Arts London we are lucky to be able to draw on the wide range of different artists and designers who can run residencies, taster days and staff development sessions.
Digital Artist Residency in Henry Compton School
Thirty-eight Year 10 boys participated in a digital residency, entitled 'Book Cover Design, Cut and Paste'. Pupils were introduced to new digital art skills and the use of the Internet as a creative research tool to enrich their GCSE coursework and portfolios, whilst also raising aspirations though direct contact with trained digital art professionals from the creative industries.
Highbury Grove School in Islington
Three Uniuverity of the Arts London tutors ran two-day body adornment workshops for a total of 150 Year 7 pupils, which involved maskmaking, camouflage, knitted disguises and body armour. Also Chelsea alumna, Alison Cook worked with 50 Year 8 pupils to create an enormous mixed media floral garland for their school hall.
Working in Pupil Referral Units
Sampling Futures has worked with Pupil Referral Units in Southwark, Hounslow, Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham and Greenwich. Tutors from the University have led projects on Animation, Environmental Design, Jewellery and Fine Art. Projects have enabled pupils to learn new skills, experiment with different and unusal media, work in teams as well as developing their own work. Anecdotal evidence has shown that there has been a high level of engagement by pupils with the residencies. Several of the projects involved visits to galleries, design studios as well as to the colleges of the University.
Sampling Futures at the University's Arts Gallery
The Arts Gallery is located in the central building of the University of the Arts London on Davies Street. The gallery has a varied exhibition programme which has been the inspiration for several Sampling Futures projects. http://www.arts.ac.uk/events/gallery.htm
Partnerships with Special Educational Needs Schools
One of the core parts of the Sampling Futures programme has been the collaborative projects it has developed with SEN Schools across the region.
Artists have worked with young people with range of different needs, including those with physical disabilities and behavioural problems. The projects have been ambitious and challenging, the work that has been produced has often been large scale and resulted in permanent additions to the school environment. Each project has been specifically tailored to the requests from the school and this has been one of the main strengths of this strand of work.
Bishop Douglas School at Chelsea College of Art and Design
In November, Year 13 students from Bishop Douglas School will attend master classes led by foundation tutor, John Crossley. These students have already started an extensive project with photographer David Little, exploring both the Kandinsky exhibition at Tate Modern and the Hodgkin exhibition next door at Tate Britain. They are now starting on creating their own unique, visual language. In addition to the master classes the students will enjoy a tour of the College and portfolio preparation advice.
For more information about Sampling Futures, or a programme leaflet contact Gigi Griffiths email@example.com
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