Art Honours Awarded to Youngsters

Twenty-two young people achieved a nationally-recognised Arts Award last month after taking part in a project jointly run by the Corinium Museum.

The Bronze Level awards were achieved after the group finished a Heritage Lottery funded Young Roots project called ‘Creation’, which encouraged young people to engage creatively with their local heritage whilst developing key skills.

The Cirencester museum has been working on the ‘Creation’ project alongside the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, the Holst Birthplace Museum and Gloucestershire County Council, together with educational partners.

The Young Roots project culminates with an exhibition created by students from Cirencester College about Prehistoric Art. The students’ exhibition will feature tools, art work and ceramics created during a series of experimental archaeology sessions and visitors will explore the techniques and processes used to manufacture implements and enjoy the artworks created. Arts Award Moderator, Paul McKee, noted that this had been "an inspired project linking young people to archaeology, museum collections, art and exhibitions."

The venue welcomed the opportunity to engage young people in their creative heritage and the Head of Cultural Services Dr John Paddock said: "This has been a very exciting and rewarding project for the Museum, the staff and young people involved.

"It is rare that we have the opportunity to work with such creative and enthusiastic partners. It has been a great success."

The Corinium Museum was established as an Arts Award Centre last year and is the first museum in Gloucestershire to host a public Arts Award moderation.

Fourteen students from Balcarras School in Cheltenham, working with the Holst Birthplace Museum, also achieved their Bronze Arts Awards as part of the ‘Creation’ project, creating a ‘remix’ of Holst’s ‘The Planets’, using the sitar, mandolin and samba during a series of musical workshops.

The Arts Award scheme offers nationally recognised accreditation for young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to achieve this and has really added value to the Young Roots project.

Posted: 11/03/2010 14:33:17

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