Celebrating the creativity of our youth
The S(u)CEED Programme launched two intriguing collections last week at Aratoi: an exhibition of 31 artworks of silverpoint, acrylics, etching, watercolours and drawings, and a book titled Trust in Young Peoples’ Creativity featuring 40 pieces of original creative writing.
The foyer of Aratoi was buzzing with excitement at the launch: it was quite a thrill for the secondary school students to see their work exhibited in a museum and published in a book. Imogen Marsden had never drawn with silver before and said ‘‘it was cool to do’’. Anita Clarke said ‘‘it was difficult and took a lot of time’’. Erin Hudson taught me the word ‘fae’.
S(u)CEED – Secondary (Unique) Curriculum Extension, Enrichment and Development Programme –celebrates the creativity of youth and offers activities in visual art, writing, debating, dance (ballet), zoo enrichment (creating an item for animals to eat from), and for the first time: music production in the studio. Next year, forensic science will be added.
The initiative for students across the Wairarapa, from Pahiatua to Greytown, is coordinated by Colleen Douglas and funded through Masterton Trust Lands Trust.
The students enjoyed the challenges, worked hard, had fun, and ‘‘showed tenacity and a willingness to try new things,’’ said Colleen Douglas.
The two-day creative writing (and editing) programme was led by author Anna Mackenzie: ‘‘The stories that young adults write can be raw or polished, fresh or familiar; they can be whacky, challenging or sweet - just like their authors.’’
Artist Linda Tilyard, who led three full days of workshops at King Street Artworks, sees youth as being so capable and skilled, including in areas where she is not, such as technology.
Other shows on at Aratoi: Boundless (Printmaking on 3D), Stitches 2017 (Embroidery), Gifted (Aratoi collection), An Ornament to the Town (Band Rotundas) and Tina Finn: The Uses of Enchantment.
This article is supplied by Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History.
S(u)CEED participants from left: Linda Tilyard, Anita Clark, Cloe Robinson, 14, Imogen Marsden, 14, Emma Simpson, 14, and Colleen Douglas.