Watergate Productions aim to work with schools to inspire children to visit art galleries by offering a series of lively "Meet the Artist" talks and creative workshops run by professional, contemporary, leading artists. These will be delivered through gallery visits from Lache School then recorded and accessible to all Cheshire West schools through a web portal. Children will get a unique insight into the workings of a professional gallery whilst meeting the UK's top artists. This includes a fabulous mini art session to create their own masterpiece working alongside the artist who will demonstrate their modern, creative techniques. We aim to develop children's confidence to visit further galleries by providing a memorable experience that also introduces the wellbeing benefits art can bring to everybody. Held in a creatively stimulating venue this visit combines fun, education and real life connections that will break down social barriers to demonstrate art is accessible to all.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This project provides a valuable and unique opportunity for children primarily in deprived communities to be inspired to visit art galleries introducing the benefits art can bring to lives. It benefits education as the unique visit inform about contemporary art and artists lives in a stimulating and creative gallery environment It benefits schools as an educational tool accessing talks s by professional, contemporary leading artists followed by the opportunity to recreate the art workshop in class. It tackles the cost of living crisis in schools by offering free, modern, educational material. It has a low environmental impact whilst able to reach wide audiences. Beneficiaries could reach over 16,000 children It helps children to gain the confidence to visit galleries in a fun and informative way and breaks down social barriers in deprived communities. The creative activity in the workshop will introduce them to the wellbeing benefits art can bring to everybody.
Steps to get it done:
As well as inspiring young children to participate in visual arts and gallery visits it also supports social inclusion. This will reach children from deprived and poverty areas who would not usually have the opportunity to visit galleries and meet artists and can help to offer a better start in life. These visits will be recorded and piloted as educational material accessible to all children through schools and college networks and social care.
About the space
Chester has a mixed social demographic which includes areas of social deprivation and wealth. It has the Lache community which is in the 2% of most deprived communities in the County and this project will work with the Lache School. Cheshire West and Chester has 150 schools who could potentially benefit from this project.
Cheshire West and Chester Council