Jack Petchey Foundation
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Children and the Arts

StART programme pilot introduces young people to the wonderful world of art.


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In August 2013 the Jack Petchey Foundation started a partnership pilot with the Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts. We worked together to develop a bespoke visual arts programme with two prominent London art galleries - the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square and the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in Shoreditch. The programme has engaged over 600 young students from Enfield and Havering in a programme of high quality inspiring art workshops and gallery visits. 

Between October 2014 and January 2015, Iniva worked with artists Barby Asante and Fawzia Afifi, engaging with over 200 secondary schools students from Brittons Academy, Hall Mead School, Liberty Boys School, Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School  and The Chafford School in the borough of Havering. Teachers were invited to spend time with the artists to learn more about the concepts and how artists utilise themes and actions from real life protests or in acts of resistance as part of their work.

All the students were invited to visit Rivington Place, Shoreditch to see the current exhibitions, followed by an introduction with the artists exploring their own political thinking. The students were given time to consider what they felt passionate about and with this in mind, they were required to undertake research in the Stuart Hall Library.

Using their research they presented their findings and started thinking about their own creative digital GIF's (graphic interchange format) which they would be making in their classrooms. The artists collaborated with the students to develop and deepen the graphics which were then converted to GIF's. You can see a selection of the work in the clip below. 

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“It was nice - inspiring - useful. It gave a different view of what art can be to different people. It gave me ideas for my A-Level project.”