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Young people encouraged to join art project to create ‘archive for the future’

An example of one of the pieces submitted by a project contributor - Laia Pettit.
An example of one of the pieces submitted by a project contributor - Laia Pettit.

Young people from poorer backgrounds across Scotland will take part in an art project to create an “archive for the future” documenting their communities.

The initiative, involving Aberdeen University’s museums team, will focus on children aged between 11 and 18.

Participants will be asked to create art in response to art and archival material held in university collections.

The project is hoping to address topics such as how life looks for young people in such communities, how we capture different aspects of life and how this has changed under lockdown.

Organised by UMIS (University Museums in Scotland), the project will run over the summer.

Youngsters will learn new art skills, be guided through online museum collections and archives, make new social connections across Scotland and earn an Arts Award Explore qualification – equivalent to an SCQF National 3.

In addition, the project will provide mentors for those taking part to further support and encourage them.

The project brings together online collections and expertise from five universities.

Each week will explore a different medium of art including photography, landscape painting and public art.

Susan Curran, acting exhibitions and public programming manager at Aberdeen University, said: “For the participants, it will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, a chance to make new friends, receive a recognised qualification, and create unique art works which we aspire to display.”

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