Back in February 2012, I had the privilege of speaking at Tate’s Seeing Through – On Art, Resilience and Young People Conference. This conference stemed from Tate’s experience of leading a three-year collaborative art project in partnership with three local authorities in London. Supported by the John Lyon’s Charity, the Seeing Through project enabled young people in care and leaving care to work collaboratively with artists. The groups worked to demystify cultural space, historic, modern and contemporary art. While engaging with methods of multilayered artist practices, these investigations produced a series of distinct displays, connection and responses to arts works in the Tate collection.
Having worked with with Tate over the last 4 years connecting young people from a serious youth violence, gang or disadvantaged background to the Arts, I was asked to speak on What are the motivations and rationale of funders, social and cultural policy makers, museums and galleries, for working with young people in care and leaving care? It was a great day, where I met many passionate and dedicated professionals who are committed to breaking the many barriers young people face in participating within the Arts. A special thanks goes to Mark Miller and his team at Tate Learning, who are always pushing boundaries and promoting the ideas of young people.
Below is a clip of my talk, enjoy!