Artists and technologists have been leading students from Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Academies in a two-year programme of activities designed to develop students’ entrepreneurial 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.
The new website is built by Brighton-based graphic designer Oli Pyle and offers a creative space where students, teachers, artists and those involved in the project can share their experiences.
The site also acts as a public platform for the students to share their work with a wider audience. As the programme progresses, the website will advertise opportunities for other young people across the city, inviting them to take part.
Art at Work is an Arts Council funded learning programme delivered by academies’ sponsor, the Aldridge Foundation, in partnership with Photoworks and Lighthouse, with the support of Brighton & Hove City Council.