The Change project – a collaboration between Mosaic, Batley Girls’ High School and other local schools – first took place in 2012. Two more very successful years followed. You can see some of the highlights – what groups did, the final exhibitions and some of the great feedback received – by visiting the 2013 and 2014 archives. The 2015 project culminated in an exhibition at Batley Art Gallery from 29th June until 5th September 2015. View some of the artwork and visitor comments here.
For 2015 we added some new creative workshop options and an exciting new Science dimension to the project. Each school group linked their artwork to one of their current science curriculum topics. The combination of art, science, the ‘change’ theme and three fantastic artists has resulted in some really exciting learning journeys, and some spectacular artworks for the final exhibition.
Each of the 12 schools taking part in Change 2015 selected a group of children/young people to take part – a total of 330 children and young people aged between 6 and 12. Groups each had a short series of three workshop sessions with their allotted artist between February and April, and will each planned and produced a group artwork for the exhibition at Batley Art Gallery. All the groups have an individual webpage which tells the story of their creative explorations and experimentations. We hope you’ll enjoy looking at all the stories, photos and comments – click on the individual school names on the right-hand side of this page or on the Mark-making, Printmaking and Mixed Media pages.
Thanks to Creative Scene we were able to add in a bonus for some schools – the chance to host extra workshop sessions for children and parents together, giving children the opportunity to share some of their new creative skills and science learning with adults. We’re delighted, too, that the exhibition includes work by adults who attend TAP into Art Education courses at Batley Girls’ High School, both because it’s great to have them involved and because it’s inspiring for children to see grown-ups pursuing a life-long interest in art.
Every year, Change offers a great opportunity for young people from different parts of Batley and Birstall to have ‘creative exchanges’ with each other. For 2015, each group was partnered up with a group from another school. Right at the start of the project, groups went in their pairs on a study visit to meet each other and gain inspiration their creative work back in school. The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester (www.mosi.org.uk) was a popular choice of venue this year, as you can see from the photos and feedback here.