Art awards for young carers in Berwick

Young carers have spent the last year exploring the visual arts during their fortnightly sessions at Berwick's Children's Centre.

Friday, 22nd April 2016, 9:53 am
Mayor of Berwick Hazel Bettison with successful Young Carers group Arts Award Explore candidates.

Supported by Berwick Visual Arts, the group haS visited many local and regional galleries and worked with a printmaking artist to screen-print original artwork.

Members have worked with Helen Donley, from Northern Print, over four workshop sessions, which included using woodcut and screen printing processes. They created their own individual artwork and screen-printed bags, T-shirts and paper prints for their final artwork pieces which they presented to their families at a sharing event.

The nine young people have been working towards their Arts Award Explore qualification throughout this creative process. They collated evidence throughout their Arts Award journey in portfolios that were all successfully moderated through Trinity College London.

All members passed and were awarded certificates by Mayor Hazel Bettison at a celebratory event on Saturday.

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As well as creating their own artwork and trying different techniques, the young people visited local and regional art galleries, including taking a guided tour around BALTIC Centre in Gateshead, visiting Northern Print Studios in Newcastle, and visiting last year’s Generation NOISE and AIR exhibitions at the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick.

Keighley Walton, group co-ordinator, said: “The young people have grown in confidence, skills and techniques and demonstrated a high level of enjoyment throughout the process.”

The project was coordinated by Berwick Visual Arts, part of The Maltings Trust, and funded by Northumberland Arts Development (NAD).

Val Tobiass, learning and engagement coordinator at Berwick Visual Arts, said: “Young people living in rural areas rarely have access to visual arts opportunities like this, working with a professional artist over a number of weeks and visiting outstanding arts organisations.”

Berwick Visual Arts and NAD are planning to develop further projects working with children’s centres across Northumberland.