New exhibition created by young people set to open at Leeds Art Gallery

Caption: An example of the work produced by young people in the 'Look into My World' exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery. Photo credit: David Lindsay.

A new exhibition of work created by young people from 10 schools in the city opens at Leeds Art Gallery this Thursday.

Showcased in the Artspace section of Leeds Art Gallery, over 280 young people participated in the project, which resulted in the production of over 60 selected artworks which were created using a range of skills and techniques from print making and painting to sculpture, film and installation that form part of the ‘Look into My World’ exhibition. Themes used as inspiration by the young people for the artwork included the exploration of their favourite things, memories, experiences and relationships through to creating characters and imaginary worlds of their own.

The ‘Look into my World’ project began in September 2013, when young people aged 7 to 17, from six primary schools and four secondary schools enjoyed a special visit to Leeds City Museum and Leeds Art Gallery. As part of the trip, the work of popular international author and illustrator Anthony Browne and the humorous and serious stories he portrayed was explored at Leeds City Museum, while at Leeds Art Gallery, contemporary art and the way that artists work was investigated.

Experience in making sculptures was also provided to groups, while workshops were also delivered in schools by artists Kate Genever and Lou Sumray to further develop imaginative ways of working with pupils, where they were encouraged to express their own ideas that have subsequently inspired this unique exhibition.

Primary Schools featuring in the project were: Allerton CE Primary, Alwoodley Primary, Holy Family Catholic Primary, Ireland Wood Primary, Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary and Stanningley Primary. Participating secondary schools included Benton Park, Crawshaw and Guiseley.

Available to view at the Art Gallery until 1 June 2014, the project has been delivered in partnership with ArtForms, Leeds College of Art and Studio 12 with funding support from Arts Council England.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

"We undertake a lot of work with pupils of all ages in our schools, and it is brilliant when a project such as this one which we have developed with partners, results in a fantastic exhibition at one of our city museum and gallery sites.

"On display at Artspace in Leeds Art Gallery, the standard of work in the ‘Look into My World’ exhibition really is superb, and is another example of the great young artistic talent that exists in our city."

Ursula Parkin, Year 10 pupil from Crawshaw High school, participating in the project said:

"Our installation began as a team effort, which then led to each of us making individual art works.

"We’ve been given lots of freedom to develop our own ideas, at first we almost had too many ideas, but the focus of the exhibition gave us a goal and motivation. I’ve felt really connected to the project through all the stages, from visiting the Anthony Browne exhibition right through to seeing our work in the Gallery.

"Seeing our art work in the gallery makes it all feel worthwhile, although it’s quite surreal, especially when we are just used to seeing it in our classroom. The Look Into My World exhibition makes it very public and almost scary, but exciting at the same time!"

Siobhan Coleman, Year 4 Teacher from Holy Family Catholic Primary said:

"The children initially interpreted ‘Look Into My World’ as literally looking inside their heads. First thoughts were in 2D, but they have now developed into 3D pieces. The children enjoyed the freedom of expressing their own artistic ideas, rather than following a set structure. It has allowed each child to feel they can be artists."

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