Turner Contemporary launches a project to engage primary school children

Art Inspiring Change aims to help the regeneration of disused areas.

On 8 January, Turner Contemporary launched Art Inspiring Change, an innovative project which engages local primary school children in the regeneration of neglected areas in Margate. Eighty pupils from four primary schools have been selected to participate in the project. Over the next 18 months, the children will work with artists to gain permission to regenerate land in their neighbourhoods. The project aims to nurture the pupils’ leadership, communication and negotiation skills as well as unleash their creativity.

Following a playful interview process, the pupils themselves selected four artists to work with from a list of applicants. Holy Trinity and St John’s Primary School will work with 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!’

“I loved it all - it was 'futurous'… that means a dream come true!”

  • Iman
  • Pupil at Holy Trinity and St John Primary School

As part of Art Inspiring Change, Turner Contemporary will also be leading a 15-week Creative Enablers course certified by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) at each primary school, designed to help parents support all participating children. The Creative Enablers course has been supported by the Art Fund.

Sarah Philp, head of programmes at the Art Fund, said: ‘We are so pleased to support Turner Contemporary to develop and deliver the pioneering Creative Enablers project as part of the Art Inspiring Change initiative. In backing the Creative Enablers we are investing in the future of museums through extending our support for projects which provide innovative museum-based training opportunities, help museums build new audiences and advocates, and encourage as many people as possible to connect with and enjoy great art’.

Art Inspiring Change is led by Turner Contemporary and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Southeastern is the lead sponsor for Art Inspiring Change and Turner Contemporary’s 2016 season, supporting Margate and East Kent’s regeneration through its generosity and time.

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