Build your students' confidence and improve their communication skills and critical thinking by taking part in our successful Youth Navigator programme.
Students are trained at Turner Contemporary to be gallery guides. They take part in practical sessions with a dedicated artist, working together to lead independent tours at key events such as exhibition opening days and for groups.
So far, we have trained over 160 students from schools across Kent.
"I was unaware how this was going to go from the start, but to watch my students grow has been a wonderful experience. Without this course, I don’t think our students would have grown into the young confident adults they are."
Justin Smithers, East Kent College
"I think it was just brilliant, everything that we did was different to what we normally get to do and I could see how everything was helping me get better. I don't really 'do' art, but this was so good."
Connor, Charles Dickens School
"I didn’t feel like a queen. And then I went there and I felt like a queen. People listened to me."
Chloe, Marlowe Academy
"I’ve learned quite a lot from the beginning of the Youth Navigators scheme and the difference to the end of it, I’ve started to know and see art in a different way, in more quality and more detail. It makes me see art in a good way and it gave me a positive vibe to my life and I see art in my everyday life and I enjoyed it. Like if I see some paint spill on the floor I can see the art in it."
Jordan, East Kent College
"As a result of the Youth Navigator project, we’ve had pupils take up art at GCSE that wouldn’t have done it before."
Andy Somers, Principal, Hartsdown Academy, Margate
"Turner Contemporary has helped me learn and grow, increased my self-confidence and tended to my creative needs."
Harley, Youth Navigator
"I visited Turner Contemporary and met two different groups of yourYouth Navigators from Ellington and Hearson School. I just wanted to let you know how utterly impressed I was with the conversations I had with them.
"They came to speak with me on two different occasions about the work within the gallery and were very professional and mature. They asked me very intelligent and well thought-out questions and we had a great conversation where I also asked them their opinions and they responded excellently. Having studied and taught fine art before I was very impressed with their knowledge and ability to converse in a mature and well thought out manner about a variety of different art works on display, as well as cultural issues and ideas. A lovely part to my day!"
Beth Walker, East Kent College Community Project Co-ordinator Enrichment Team
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