Artist needed for £4,000 place-changing commission working with young people in Ryde
Isle of Wight creatives have until Monday 20th February to apply for a commission of up to four thousand pounds, to work with young people to transform neglected and hidden spaces in Ryde.
The project, aimed primarily at 12-14-year-olds, will be supported by Network Ryde and aims to empower young people to make a difference to their town through creativity, and have their voices heard.
The young people themselves will choose the artist they work with at a ‘Dragons’ Den’ event on Monday 27th February.
The project will be launched with a public art activity day for young people on Tuesday 14th February, based at Monkton Arts, where they will use creativity to explore some of the unused and forgotten spaces in Ryde and think about how they would like to transform one or more of these spaces.
During March and April they will work with their chosen artist to create a place-changing artwork that encourages young people to get outside, engage with the IW Biosphere and get more physically active.
The Ryde project will be the fourth exciting, place-changing commission to be launched on the Isle of Wight as part of the Artswork-funded Supporting Young Minds programme.
The Sandown and Lake Youth Forum, supported by Community Action Isle of Wight and working with filmmaker Bruce Webb, has created a film about the challenges and benefits of living in the Bay area as a young person, while the Newport Youth Forum, based at Independent Arts, is busy creating an art trail around Newport, working with artist Laura Hathaway. Meanwhile, young people in Ventnor will be choosing a creative to help them transform an empty shop into a creative space at a Dragons’ Den event on Thursday 2nd February.
“We are so excited that we have been able to extend the Supporting Young Minds programme to Ryde and give young people the opportunity to engage with their community and the work that is already being done to identify the unused and unwelcoming spaces in the town, which many young people find threatening and alienating,” says the programme’s manager, Peta Rainford from Independent Arts.
Creatives interested in the Ryde commission should download the call-out below or email [email protected] for more information. Applications must be received by midday on Monday 20th February 2023.
If you are a young person aged 12-14 who lives, works or goes to school in the Ryde area and would like to be part of the project – on Tuesday 14th February and/or throughout March and April – please contact [email protected] or [email protected]
Supporting Young Minds is managed by Isle of Wight arts for wellbeing charity Independent Arts, on behalf of The Island Collection and the Isle of Wight CEP, in collaboration with Artswork (Southampton). It is part of a larger region-wide programme supporting young people’s mental health through creativity.