A new exhibition of work created by young people from ten schools in the city has just opened at Leeds Art Gallery.
Showcased in the Artspace section of Leeds Art Gallery, over 280 young people participated in the project. Over 60 selected artworks were produced 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."
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