Independent Arts and artist Trudie Wilson are excited to be working with Isle of Wight Education Federation's Carisbrooke College and The Island VI Form in Newport as part of the year-long Creative Biosphere project.
Trudie has been in place as Artist in Residence since 1st November and has already inspired some fabulous printmaking, drawing and cardboard sculptures from the year 7, 8, 9, Sixth Form and Foundation students she has been working with.
Above: Trudie is using her own art practice to inspire the students
The Creative Biosphere is taking place across the Island and brings together five cultural organisations, five schools and colleges and five artists through the Isle of Wight's Cultural Education Partnership. It aims to inspire creativity in young people through the Island's UNESCO Biosphere status and foster an appreciation of the local environment and heritage; at the same time, strengthening partnerships and increasing awareness of the island's Biosphere designation.
Richard Grogan, IWAONB (Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) lead officer, explains the concept of the Isle of Wight Biosphere like this:
"It's a place where we want to live, work and play, but we want to turn the ecological frown upside down."
The Creative Biosphere prroject has the potential to create lots of connections and collaborations and we have already begun to think about how other Independent Arts groups, such as DanceMakers, could get involved over the coming year.
So far, Trudie has been working within the Art department at IWEF's Carisbrooke College and The Island VI Form, but the plan is to include other curriculum areas, including Graphic Design, English, Geography and Science. At the end of the project, the students will get to "take over" Independent Arts for a weekend!
The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through ACE (Arts Council England) and IWAONB (Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), and by the two High Street Heritage Action Zones (Newport and Ryde) and Ventnor Exchange's #IWILL project.