Hi everyone!

As part of my photography course, I have to track my development on a blog. The posts from September 2011 until January 2012 are part of a module called Project Management, for which I was required to work in a group of eight students to create an exhibition. The blog followed every step we took in order to create a successful gallery. The blog posts starting from September 2012 follow my final year on the course. I'll be documenting my research and analysis of my final year projects, as well as include notes of my Professional Practice unit - which prepares us for a range of post graduate options. Finally it also looks at a project called New Creatives, where I'll be working alongside an artists to help college students get more involved with art.

Friday, October 26, 2012

New Creatives

Here is some general information about new creatives:

New Creatives is an annual project led by the University of Portsmouth’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) that showcases the creative work of young people from further education and sixth-form colleges in the Portsmouth region.  The project is launched at the beginning of each academic year culminating in a joint exhibition at the leading contemporary art gallery, Aspex in Gunwharf Quays. 

In this project, FE and HE students will experience the external influence of working with a professional artist, gallery, university, fellow students and to showcase their work in a wider cultural context by exhibiting outside of the FE environment.  The project has a proven track record of building confidence and broadening young people’s experience.  The objective of this exhibition is to inspire FE students, supporting their studies at college, giving them an added experience to develop their creative practice further and to encourage them to be more ambitious.  The experience of working with an artist and gaining professional practice experience is as important as the opportunity to showcase their work.

The exhibition can feature creative work in a variety of disciplines, for example, visual arts, installation, design such as fashion, graphics, 3d modelling or sculpture, digital media such as film, animation and photography, performance such as music, poetry, drama and live art.  There is no admission charge for taking part, for entry to the exhibition or to attend the preview event.

The New Creatives project has proven its value since its birth in the academic year 2009/10 and is now entering its fourth year bringing a wealth of experience that delivers creative engagement year on year in a responsible and safe manner, ensuring the well being of participants.  It has generated relationships, collaborations and a range of materials and interventions that are shown or performed as part of a work in progress, producing a legacy of creative partnership in the city of Portsmouth enhancing the region’s cultural position.  New Creatives encourages an exchange of ideas and 'visual correspondence' between the university, Aspex and the colleges which has resulted in providing a platform for a variety of projects, including the Cultural Olympiad and Creative Campus Initiative.

Role of the University of Portsmouth student ‘buddy’

University of Portsmouth students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries will be selected to work as a ‘buddy’ alongside each of the commissioned artists in order to develop their professional practice skills, enriching their CVs. The work of the selected ‘buddies’ begins at the Autumn 2012 launch of the project, continuing at the artist workshop visits to your college, carrying on through to the exhibition Preview event in the Spring 2013 at Aspex.  The selected HE students will shadow and assist the artist, making a record of the experience, in their chosen form, for example, photography and/or blog.

28 September 2012
Commissioned artists appointed by UoP/Aspex
8 October 2012
University of Portsmouth student ‘buddies’ selected by UoP
22 October 2012
New Creatives Launch at Aspex Gallery – for college tutors, artists, buddies, University of Portsmouth & Aspex staff
October–March 2013 
Artists makes visits to colleges/Aspex, accompanied by UoP ‘buddy’ -(Visits 1, 2 &4)  (Artists to arrange mutually convenient times with colleges and buddies)
December 2012

Aspex host a visit for participating students, artists, technicians and tutors (Visit 3)  (Date to be coordinated by each college & their artist with Aspex)
Monday 11 February 2013
Each College provides Aspex with Appendix 1 – Final list of 20 artworks for exhibition
Friday 1 March 2013
Last day for colleges to deliver artworks to Aspex
4-6 March 2013
Curation & Installation at Aspex (Visit 5) (Specific times to be agreed by artists, FE students and Aspex on one of these days)  
Friday 8 March 2013
Preview Event of New Creatives – Celebration attended by parents, friends, general public and VIPs invited
9 March – 14 April 2013
Exhibition – opening hours 11am – 4pm daily (5 weeks)
Friday 19 April 2013
Colleges collect work from Aspex

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