Young people from the Hangleton & Knoll Project’s Young@Art group have used Hove Museum’s Contemporary Craft Collection as inspiration for their creative work which is on display at the Museum currently.
The young people visited Hove Museum, talked about the Contemporary Craft; things they liked, didn’t like and their thoughts on their local museum in Hove. The group then made their own carved clay tiles and textile collage, inspired by Kate Malone and Alice Kettle respectively, at their youth centre sessions.
Young@Art then created pinched and thrown pots during a workshop at Shoreham Pottery. Working with professional ceramicists was a new experience for these young people and a great opportunity for positive challenge. Handwritten notes on display show the young people’s thoughts on these artistic experiences.
The group said the project “challenged them to develop new skills” and they “enjoyed trying new activities.” Aaron, a young leader on the project, said “It was an inspirational project and helped me develop skills. It was also good it was a smaller group as some people don’t like big noisy groups. It was more chilled.” Robbie, also a young leader, noted “It was a good project to work on as it helped build my skills as a young leader.” He continued, “the Potter’s Wheel was therapeutic and it was a nice sunny day and good to go somewhere new.” TJ enjoyed using the Potter’s Wheel too but the best and favourite thing he made was the clay pineapple at the pottery studio.
Kelsey said “I liked the pottery place where I made a clay dogs head – I made a dog because I have one” she also felt it was important that they could “do whatever we want” creatively. Arwen’s best bit was also “being creative.” Tori noted “I’m going to go the museum with a friend now” while Lucinda said her best bit was “talking to people and getting out.”
The group thought it was great to have their artwork on display at the Museum and were excited to see members of the public looking at their work. The ImaginativeCoolCrafts exhibition continues at Hove Museum until 17th May. It will then be on display at My Place – part of the Brighton Festival’s Your Place Hangleton 19th – 20th May and then at B.fest, Brighton youth arts festival, 26th May – 2nd June.
Young@Art was supported by Royal Pavilion & Museums’ Youth Engagement Team. Please contact Sarah Pain for more details firstname.lastname@example.org / 07833 483245.