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An exciting pilot project at the De La Warr Pavilion
What actually goes into mounting an exhibition? We often talk about what artists do, but the role of the Curator and the others who contribute to making an exhibition happen, is a mystery to most. This is the core of a new project idea run by the De La Warr Pavilion in partnership with local schools and colleges.
The Pavilion is a unique local resource and we want to use the expertise of the staff and the possibilities of the space, to develop an opportunity for a group of young people to follow the process of putting on an exhibition from start to finish. To become Young Curators. At the same time this will be a great opportunity to celebrate the creativity of young people and the quality of the artwork they produce.
In this first pilot project, we worked with two Bexhill secondary schools – Bexhill High and St Richards - and Bexhill College.
We recruited a group of 16 young people studying GCSE and A level/BTEC Art. The young people were self selecting, putting themselves forward for the project after hearing a presentation in their class.
The core group worked at DLWP once a week after school, from January – May 2007.
The group worked across DLWP departments covering all exhibition elements including: artistic, technical, marketing, education.
The project also included visits to other galleries to compare curatorial styles.
Selection of artwork:
The core group selected from the work of their peers. To give the final exhibition some coherence, we agreed a common theme with our partner schools that fits into the curricula of all parties.
As part of our commitment to young people, we launched the Young Curators Scheme in our main gallery spaces. For four weeks in May the Young Curators exhibition took over Gallery 1. In Gallery 2 there was a complimentary exhibition that explores the current exciting developments in education towards a more creative, skills based curriculum, which is being adopted by all primary schools in Bexhill as well as many around the country.
In future years, the project may utilise the new studio, and possibly other spaces depending on how the project develops and on our core exhibition scheduling.
This was a hugely exciting project that develoedp skills and capacity, animated the building and celebrated the creativity of young people.
For updates on the progess of the Young Curators please look at the Young Curators page.