Art in the park, the ‘Visual Thinking‘ part 1 took place at the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, 27th Feb – 9th March 2020.
The preview night, 27th Feb, was a vibrant and busy night showcasing an array of art from young people across the borough of Tower Hamlets in the stunning exhibition space. 13 secondary schools participated in the collaborative showcase.
The Visual Thinking project was generously supported by our partners University of the Arts-Central Saint Martins; ‘A’ Team Arts; Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design; RIBA; Whitechapel Gallery; Royal Drawing School; Bow Arts; Chisenhale Gallery, Auto Italia, Spotlight; and generously funded by THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Services)
Judges Karen Brock MBE, Head of Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES); Andrew Stone, Head of School, Sir John Cass School fo Art, Architecture and Design and Michael Burkitt, Young Artist Programme Manager at The Royal Drawing School awarded four prizes.
Prizes were generously donated by Great Art https://www.greatart.co.uk/
First Prize was awarded to A level Art student Takir Hossain – Stepney Green School.
Second Prize was awarded to A level Art student Maxwell Akinbiyi – Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools.
There were two prizes for GCSE Art students:
Keefe Chong – Bow School
Guilly Uddin – Swanlea School
4 poster prize students were awarded art goody bags from UAL – University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins and THAT (winners were selected by Berni Yates – UAL Insights-CSM).
Gold award winner went to Khadija Begum – St Paul’s Way Trust School.
Silver award winner went to Neha Ahmed – St Paul’s Way Trust School.
Bronze award winner went to Takir Hossain – Stepney Green school
Special mention winner went to Aisha Ahmed – Morpeth School
Photographs by Andreas Lambis – https://www.andreaslambis.com/
THAT network has organised a collaborative project titled: Visual Thinking Part I, involving the full range of visual art specialisms (textiles; photography; fine art; digital media and ceramics) with the focus on interdisciplinary approaches to creative thinking and how art education has a positive effect on students’ learning across the curriculum.
For ‘Visual Thinking Part I’, THAT network’s art departments from 14 schools across Tower Hamlets will submit a range of artworks produced by all key stages in the various specialisms available at their particular school.
These outcomes will be exhibited at the Art Pavilion over two weeks Thursday 27th February – Sunday 8th March times 10.30-5.30pm and Monday 9th March 2020 10.30-2pm, launched with a Private View on Thursday 27th February 2020 5-8pm.
Over the course of two weeks, various workshops on creative thinking and interdisciplinary approaches, will be delivered by our partners for students and the local community in LBTH. In addition, all our creative partners (THAMES; Whitechapel Gallery; Chisenhale Gallery; The Royal Drawing School; Auto Italia; Bow Arts; UAL:Insights; ‘A’ Team Arts; The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design; RIBA; Spotlight and Great Art,) will have an active presence at the event to showcase their organisation’s contribution to learning across the curriculum and engage with guests at the Private View.
THAT Network offered a residential CPD 15-17th NOV 2019
for network teachers to take part in a variety of innovative Visual Thinking workshops to
inform their pedagogy, refresh their skills and revisit their creative practice. The weekend proved to be fun and inspirational weekend, where we as a group Connected Collaborated and Created. Thank you to THAMES for their support in making this happen!
THAT network presents a collaborative exhibition between art students and art teachers from across the borough of Tower Hamlets celebrating the practice of drawing. Alongside the show will run a series of workshops and seminars inquiring into various drawing methods for analysing the empirical, led by: UAL Insights, ‘A’ Team Arts, Royal Drawing School, Bow Arts, Chisenhale Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Auto-Italia.
With generous support from Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES), part of Tower Hamlets Council.
Thank you to Great Art for their generous support.
The exhibition is at the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, E3 4QY from the 27th February 2019 – 4th March 2019.
THAT Network offered a residential CPD for Network teachers in November at Othona-Bradwell-on-Sea- to take part in a variety of innovative drawing workshops to inform their pedagogy, refresh their skills and revisit their creative practice. The work produced on this weekend will inform and develop further investigations into art practice and developed work will be exhibited alongside the artist students’ work at the Art Pavilion in February 2019.
Celebrating the creative arts within our schools and sixth forms in Tower Hamlets is at the top of the agenda for THAT Network; a collective group of artist teachers.
The message, creative arts are integral to our society and yes it is a viable career path; it generates £98 billions pounds – who knew?
Amid cuts to the arts and it being marginalised when it comes to options in many a school curricula, what better way to showcase the talent of students via an exhibition at the Arts Pavilion, Mile End and inspire future generations.
Ten participating schools within the Network selected students work who were studying either GCSE or A level art, graphic communication, photography or textiles alongside sketchbooks and prototypes. The work in the exhibition was ‘stunning and people need to see this’ as quoted by one Head Teacher, was one of many positive reactions heard throughout the week.
The private view, held on Thursday 22nd February 2018, with the show being open to the public from Wednesday 21st – 25th February and was a huge success with so many positive comments about the work and the importance of showcasing and celebrating it within a community setting.
The exhibition was supported by partners and art organisations within the borough and further afield such as the Whitechapel Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, Auto Italia, Bow Arts, UAL – Central St Martins and their student ambassadors who led workshops alone side ‘A’ Team Arts and THAMES, whose invaluable support has been integral to us creating and collaborating as a funded network.
Presentations from Whitechapel Art Gallery and from designer, Rahemur Rahman and artist, Ayo Akingbade (Chisenhale Gallery) who told their personal stories of how they followed their passions of being creative in school and pursued this to where they are now as designer/ lecturer and film maker was so inspiring to hear.
So what’s next? Another show, build upon the success of the last one and create more of a stir, reach out, agitate and wake people up to the amazing talent in the borough and wonderful opportunities that are available.
Wed 21-Sun 25Feb
Time 10:30-17:30 Sun-1pm
The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Rd, (off Grove Rd) E3 4QY
Showcasing Tower Hamlets’ 6th form artists.
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THAT Half is the new exhibition showcasing work from Tower Hamlets Artist Teachers Network at The Half Moon Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND.
Please come and join us for the Private View on Thursday 4th May from 6-8.30pm.