Young people are taking over at Independent Arts! Our first Creative Biosphere-inspired exhibition - First Marks - is up, jointly curated with students from the Isle of Wight Education Federation’s (IWEF) Carisbrooke College and Island VI Form, who also created most of the work.
First Marks showcases the work of the students in the first term of a year-long project, exploring the Isle of Wight’s UNESCO Biosphere status, inspired by the artistic practice of Creative Biosphere artist-in-residence, Trudie Wilson. The diverse exhibition features mono prints, painting created by pebble-rolling, paper moths and wirework birds, created by the students, alongside some of Trudie's own drawings.
"This first exhibition shares our initial marks and ideas as we explore the Creative Biosphere together. All the works are inspired by Isle of Wight environments, from current life and biodiversity, to 125 million years of prehistoric heritage. Using various media to explore these concepts, we present our early experiments and visual ideas."
The Creative Biosphere project is a year-long Island-wide collaboration between five cultural organisations (including Independent Arts), five schools and five artists in residence. For Independent Arts, the project will culminate next Autumn with a stone sculpture created by Trudie and some of the students, and a ‘takeover’ weekend, when the students will take over the running of Independent Arts!
But the intention is to also offer other events and activities throughout the year, and this exhibition is the first of these. One of the main objectives of the Creative Biosphere project is to increase young people’s engagement with the Island’s cultural sector and cultural organisations like Independent Arts, so this is an important first step.
The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Beauty (IWAONB), and by the two High Street Heritage Action Zones (Newport and Ryde) and Ventnor Exchange’s #IWILL project.