Thursday, 18 May 2017

Kick Arts Exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum

In Spring 2017 the Pitt Rivers Museum was proud to present the Kick Arts exhibition. Kick Arts is a model of working which allows young people working outside mainstream education to engage with the Arts.

The exhibition was a presentation of the work of eight young people who have been spending one day a week at the Museum since November. They explored the Museum, hunted for inspiration, developed their creative skills and confidence, and discovered new artistic talents they didn't know they had.  Each young person developed their own project, and had their own display of work as part of the exhibition.  The exhibition also comprised of a pop-up collaborative installation on the balcony of the Pitt Rivers Museum, inspired by the Ancient Egyptian coffin, canonic jars and mummies in the Pitt Rivers collection.  The sculptures were made from withy and painted papermache, and the textiles have been created using the wax-resist technique of dying fabric called batik.

The workshops were led by Charlie Henry from OYAP Trust, working with young leaders with a range of arts skills. The programme is part of a Young Roots partnership project between the Pitt Rivers Museum and OYAP Trust, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The young people worked in a variety of creative media, from poetry to rapping, photography, sculpture, film-making and painting. They have all successfully completed a Bronze or Silver Arts Award as part of the project.

We are extremely impressed with the quality of the work from all the young people, as well as their commitment to finishing their work, producing a public exhibition and their Arts Award portfolios. We have loved seeing our collections through new eyes thanks to their creative perspectives! A big thanks and well done to all.

Katherine Rose
Education Officer (Secondary and Young People)
Pitt Rivers Museum