Working with Professionals

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In the last month Year 10 Art students have been working with various organisations and artists on the GCSE and BTEC Courses. Dan Broom, the events organiser behind Jurassic fields, came in to speak with our BTEC group about the work that goes on behind the scenes when setting up festivals.

Ex-student Wes Dowell, who set up the design company Coastline creative at the Town Mill, hosted the same group and explained in great detail the working practices that a graphic designer will need to get to grips with to succeed.

This week, artist Ricky Romain spoke with the GCSE students about working with institutions like Amnesty on meaningful Arts projects and outlined everything from getting funding to his own working processes for the students. All these experiences give our students a chance to see beyond the academic expectations that are ahead of them and into the future.

These activities have been in addition to their very valuable work experience week and the timing could not have been more perfect as they are thinking about their futures and the paths they may wish to take. We are very grateful to all the above for taking the time to share their wisdom with our students which really is invaluable.