Friday, 23 August 2013

audio visual

The second week of our Unitas Summer Arts College at The Hepworth Wakefield has flown by! We ventured beyond the gallery visiting two very different buildings, the diminutive 700 year old Chantry Chapel and the towering Emley Moor Mast, both buildings can be seen from the gallery windows. These visits were arranged with special access for our group. The young people performed as preachers in the chapel and decended a tiny winding stairway to the cript. At the Emley Moor Mast we asended to the dizzying hight of 330 meters to breathtaking views of Yorkshire, well worth the 7 minutes in the rattling lift! The young people pushed themselves to overcome fears and reach the top, though one commented, 'this is not my cup of tea!' The youth workers and artists felt very proud of them all. Everyone collected sounds and snippets of video.

In the gallery and learning studios we explored drawing, printing, carving, sculpture, sound recording, video, video editing and created invites and titled the show. Summing up all we have done in a title was a real challenge and it took some time to reach agreement, the group decided on High Light. On top of this the young people continued to work towards their Bronze Arts Award. 

We finished the week on a high, watching a film the young people created and stared in, showing their experience of this project. Unbiasedly, I can state the film is fantastic and I'm so excited about sharing the groups work with family and friends at the celebration event at The Hepworth Wakefield on the 4th September. One week to go!

 Drawing the Haroon Mirza show

 Emley Moor Mast

 330 meters above West Yorkshire

 But... what to call it?

 Drawing and collage

Stained glass

Saturday, 10 August 2013

light and structure

Yesterday we began our three week Unitas Summer Arts College project with the Wakefield YOT at The Hepworth Wakefield. We are getting to know each other, testing boundaries, finding inspiration, trying new things and beginning a journey that will culminate in a celebration and exhibition opening on the 4th September 2013. It felt good to begin...