In early 2016, Turner Contemporary will launch a unique and innovative schools project supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The project will enable primary school children to take the lead in order to transform their town and community.
Art Inspiring Change will work with 80 pupils from four Margate primary schools (Holy Trinity and St John’s Primary, North Down Primary, Palm Bay Primary, Salmestone Primary) to each regenerate a disused area, within close proximity to their school, through the creation of four new installations. Supported by teachers, parents, artists, a philosopher and Turner Contemporary staff, these children will lead the regeneration of sites in their own neighbourhoods, using their enhanced leadership, communication and negotiation skills to inspire others in their community.
The project will empower young people, integrate generations and bring together school, home and Turner Contemporary. Art Inspiring Change
will foster a positive community where arts are valued and adults better understand and support children’s visions and ideas. A series of events will launch the project in January 2016 and a town-wide public celebration will mark its completion in July 2017.
Turner Contemporary is delighted to announce that Southeastern is the lead project sponsor for Art Inspiring Change
, supporting Margate and East Kent’s regeneration through its generosity and time.
On Friday 8 January, Art Inspiring Change
was launched at a playful interview process. The pupils themselves selected four artists from a shortlist of applicants. Holy Trinity and St John’s Primary School will work and artist Emily Motto, Northdown Primary School will work with artist Sam Curtis, Palm Bay Primary School will work with artist Bethany Mitchell and Salmestone Primary School will work with artist Adam James.
Iman, a pupil at Holy Trinity and St John Primary School, said about the interview process:
“I loved it all - It was ‘futurous’… that means a dream come true!”
Pupils from Salmestone Primary said:
"I thought Turner Contemporary was fun and it had a place where there was lots of materials so that we could make things."
"At Turner Contemporary we made lots of things, we got to chose what we made, the artists were very proud. After we asked the artists lots of questions."
"I thought it was amazing because we got to work with an artist!"