Participants in our Orbit Ever After filmmaking workshop at Lighthouse, March 2014
Participants in our Orbit Ever After filmmaking workshop at Lighthouse, March 2014

ART AT WORK




WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE TO SHARE UNDERSTANDING OF THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES


In partnership with the Aldridge Foundation and Photoworks, we’re delivering Art at Work a two-year arts education programme for students at the Brighton & Portslade Aldridge Community Academies.

Technologist Nat Buckley teaches students programming skills during Brighton Digital Festival, September 2012
Technologist Nat Buckley teaches students programming skills during Brighton Digital Festival, September 2012

Since March 2013, Art at Work has been providing students at the two academies with the opportunity to gain real understanding of how to become a creative professional through a range of first hand experiences.

The creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK’s exports* and Brighton is home to some of the UK’s best artists, photographers, creative technologists, game designers and digital developers. Art at Work is bringing some of these incredible professionals into the Academies, setting up mentoring and shadowing schemes, and visits to museums, galleries and archives, as well as opportunities for students to visit professionals in their workplace.

In 2014 the project will equip students with the skills and expertise necessary to create their own citywide programme of exhibitions and community events, enabling them to showcase what they have learnt during the two-year project.

The programme, funded by Arts Council England and delivered with the support of Brighton & Hove City Council, aims to support, inspire and train teachers and youth and community leaders, promote networking and establish stronger links with the city’s cultural offer.

Art at Work creates stronger links between the city’s arts and creative industries, young people, and the communities of Portslade and Falmer, with a focus on training in the creative use of technology inside and outside the classroom, creative and digital careers awareness, and contemporary film, photography and digital media practice.

To evaluate the programme, the project partners have engaged Culture Shift who have worked with the group from the start to refine and clarify the project outcomes and develop appropriate tools to measure the impact of the programme.

In association with Art at Work, Lighthouse has produced the following events:

Family Fakes

Orbit Ever After Filmmaking Workshop

Game Jam with Hide and Seek

Cube Cola Trading Post

About the project partners

The Aldridge Foundation sponsors four entrepreneurial academies, which include Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA), and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA). BACA opened in September 2010 in the existing Falmer High School building. In 2011, students moved into the new Academy building with its modern sports, entrepreneurship and IT facilities. BACA builds on the progress made at Falmer High School to create an Academy offering the highest standards of education. PACA is a Co-Educational, 11-18 Academy in Portslade, Brighton. It replaced Portslade Community College (PCC) and opened in September 2011, currently on two sites.

In the near future there will be significant development on the Chalky road site with a building and refurbishment programme that will see £12.7million invested in the facilities. Academies are free, government-funded schools that provide a fresh approach to learning in state-of-the-art buildings to raise standards of achievement among all students whatever their abilities. Each Academy is individual and develops to reflect local needs. An Academy has a sponsor who provides vision, leadership and expertise to enrich the experience of all the students. The sponsor invests money in an endowment fund to provide financial support for additional activities at the Academy.

Photoworks promotes engagement with photography and new thinking on its place within contemporary culture. They commission and publish new work and writing on photography and produce exhibitions, books, participation and learning projects and events including the Brighton Photo Biennial. Based in Brighton, UK, but international in ambition.

* DCMS, 27 February 2013: Our creative industries are a real success story. They are worth more than £36 billion a year; they generate £70,000 every minute for the UK economy; and they employ 1.5 million people in the UK. According to industry figures, the creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK’s exports. With the right support, they have the potential to bring even more benefits to our culture and economy.


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