Sparking kids' interest in art galleries

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Sparking kids' interest in art galleries

Sparking kids' interest in art galleries

Watergate Street Gallery By Watergate Street Gallery

Breaking down barriers and encouraging children from all communities to visit art galleries, offering and recording fun talks and workshops with leading UK artists in an award winning gallery.

Chester Idea stage

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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:

  • Plan the project
  • Aquire funding for the project.
  • Work with Lache School and organise 2 gallery visits for their pupils.
  • Work with leading UK artists to develop inspiring fun talks for the children.
  • Work with the artists, school and creative team to create an art session that excites and educates.
  • Create a warm and inspiring reception at the gallery for children visiting.
  • Professionally film all artists presentations for further educational use.
  • Professionally edited as a pilot for educational resources.
  • Develop the website to facilitate the dissemination of the materials.
  • Market the recordings to appropriate networks to be accessible to schools.

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:

  • Plan dates with schools
  • Fix dates with available artists and do dbs checks
  • Get artists and schools contracts returned
  • Purchase equipment for workshops
  • Arrange filming and recording of the events
  • Document educational material
  • Edit recording of the events and get feedback
  • Place recordings and supporting material on site - test functionality
  • Feedback and evaluation - review project outcomes and make any changes

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.

Location Chester

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

How will the money be spent?Total £19,149

Creative Team - £10,073 (53%)
Filming and editing workshops and creating portal - £5,450 (28%)
Transport - £960 (5%)
Materials - £750 (4%)
Venue Hire - £400 (2%)
Other - £1,516 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Creative Team
Filming and editing workshops and creating portal
Venue Hire
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Providing further workshops and talks in the Gallery for education
  • Filming and making material widely accessible
  • Offer school visits to wider communities

Total £19,149

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