Our creative learning sessions offer a range of artist-led activities for different age groups inlcuding children and young people. We build activities around our exhibitions, projects and events in order to engage people and offer access to a new and engaging experience of contemporary art. Our activities link children, young people and adults to different creative processes, practices, ideas and technology. Our workshops encourage self-expression enabling a feeling of empowerment, self-worth and identity. Everyone achieves something within a session, experiences art practice and ways of seeing and making. Sessions can build social networks and a knowledge of the development of the Art Station as a resource and asset for the local community.
We are working with local schools, colleges and the University of Suffolk to engage students in creative thinking and to increase skills and ways of communicating visually. Our activities for children and young people also offer transferable skills which help in other subjects and career pathways: visualisation, communication, team-working, presentation. Seeing an idea through from its conception to designing, making and presenting an art/tech work enables decision-making, learning to take creative risks, problem solving and teaches students how to use initiative and be innovative – all skills that are needed in order to progress in higher education and in any job sector.
Art Station is working in partnership with Britten Pears Art to lead on the creation of a new East Suffolk Local Education Partnership which will bring together schools and colleges with all the cultural organisations and practitioners in East Suffolk to ensure that all children and young people have access to high quality cultural and creative learning.
We’re currently offering weekly enrichment sessions to SET Saxmundham students which enables young people to work directly with an artist and explore different ways of being creative: dance, ceramics, sound, video. We have worked with Saxmundham Primary School on a number of projects including the large Jubilee flag project and hope to work with them again very soon. For Connection Points, University of Suffolk students formed a team of assistants working with artist Fiona Grady to install a large scale art work across our panorama of windows – offering them useful professional experience in design, installation, and working as a creative team. Art Station selected two University of Suffolk graduates for an award and exhibition – Sightline which took place in April 2023.
We regularly offer workshops and talks for sixth form students studying art, design or photography so that they can meet professional artists and learn about their work and what career paths the students themselves can take into the creative industries. We recently supported a Creative Careers Day with Britten Pears at Snape Maltings for over 200 15-18 year olds to discover the many career choices that the creative industries offers. The Creative Industries are one of the biggest growth sectors in Suffolk and across the UK and a key part of the local and national economy.
Degree students from University of Suffolk Fine Art Course, visit Heads & Tails, an exhibition by Abigail Lane at The Art Station, in July 2023.
Each year we aim to provide 6 work experience places for students for either 2 weeks or 1 month. Students are asked to respond to a brief and structure their own project to a successful outcome. In 2020/21 we supported 6 young people aged 18-23 in paid work placements for six months and supported five of them into full time employment with a diverse range of employers in Suffolk. This year, 2023, we want to support 1 paid creative internship and 2 paid work placments to support young people for six months with transferable skills and with the transition into employment.
Left: A short film by a group of SET Saxmundham students about Hayfever Dream – a week-long event organised by The Art Station Programme Assistant team in which a group of young people (aged 16-24) respond to the highs, lows and funny parts of growing up in a rural area. This film was created during an enrichment workshop led by filmmaker Lewis Wickwar at The Art Station. Other sessions have been led by artists including JMC Anderson, Fiona Grady, Les Bicknell and sound artist Loula Yorke.
Fun online art, coding and yoga activities and resources for children and families.