About

Art at Work is an arts learning programme for students at the Brighton & Portslade Aldridge Community Academies providing students with the opportunity to gain real understanding of how to become a creative professional through a range of first hand experiences.

Since March 2013, Art at Work has been providing students with the opportunity to gain real understanding of how to become a creative professional through a range of first hand experiences.

The Buddy Programme

Nearly three years of delivery later, there are some notable achievements:

In October 2014 as part of Brighton Photo Biennial, students presented photographs on large light-boxes in Brighton city centre’s Jubilee Square and, supported by artists, delivered Family Photo Fest a community festival that included an array of hands on workshops including pinhole photography, fantasy portraits, and a giant community selfie.

In February 2015 Careering Around the City gave 250 students the opportunity to find out about arts organisations across Brighton & Hove, using a specially created mapping app by SCRAMBOO. The app functions as a game, giving participants questions to answer, people to meet and tasks to complete, with students working in teams, scoring points as they find organisations from across the creative industries in a treasure trail type experience.

Later in the year, artist Sophie Giblin, brought her Fast Art to BACA. Fast Art is a creative innovation and entrepreneurship workshop giving teams the opportunity to create, make, deliver and sell a concept to the public in just three hours. Teachers and students worked with Sophie, then went on to create and deliver their own Fast Art workshops at Onca Gallery in Brighton as part of Brighton Youth Arts Festival BFest in May 2015.

The creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK’s exports* and Brighton is home to some of the UK’s best artists, photographers, creative technologists, game designers and digital developers. Art at Work is bringing some of these incredible professionals into the Academies, setting up mentoring and shadowing schemes, and visits to museums, galleries and archives, as well as opportunities for students to visit professionals in their workplace.

Art at Work is bringing some of these incredible professionals into the Academies, setting up mentoring and shadowing schemes, and visits to museums, galleries and archives, as well as opportunities for students to visit professionals in their workplace. The project is equipping students with the skills and expertise necessary to create their own citywide programme of exhibitions and community events, enabling them to showcase what they have learnt during the project.

Partners are also ensuring that the programme also has a wider impact, linking in with other networks and programmes, and creating digital resources and events for other teachers and young people.

The programme, funded by Arts Council England and delivered with the support of Brighton & Hove City Council, aims to support, inspire and train teachers and youth and community leaders, promote networking and establish stronger links with the city’s cultural offer.

Art at Work creates stronger links between the city’s arts and creative industries, young people, and the communities of Portslade and Falmer, with a focus on training in the creative use of technology inside and outside the classroom, creative and digital careers awareness, and contemporary film, photography and digital media practice.

Game Jam with Hide&Seek

Running through the Art at Work programme is a focus on training in the creative use of technology inside and outside the classroom, creative and digital careers awareness, and contemporary film, photography and digital media practice. The programme supports, inspire and trains teachers and youth and community leaders, promote networking and establish stronger links with the city’s cultural offer.

* DCMS, 27 February 2013: Our creative industries are a real success story. They are worth more than £36 billion a year; they generate £70,000 every minute for the UK economy; and they employ 1.5 million people in the UK. According to industry figures, the creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK’s exports. With the right support, they have the potential to bring even more benefits to our culture and economy.