Monday, 24 November 2014
We were kindly invited by the artists at the WASPS studios across the road from us to join them and other representatives from the creative industry in anafternoon event focused on encouraging young people to get involved in a creative future.
This was a great event focused on engaging young people aged from 13 to 25, and talking to them about their possible career routes into a creative job. There were lots of different companies and different creative pursuits represented, from us - theatrical designers, to independent artists, Voice Of My Own filmmakers and representatives from Heriot Watt University and the Borders Arts Festival.
We were incredibly impressed by the enthusiasm of the young people who attended and also by how many of them had heard of our company through our work experience programmes with the local schools, or from performing in shows which featured our sets! We came away with a notebook full of enquiries about work experience placements with us which was great as we love having people come and join us here at the Studio, but also because getting as much experience as possible is incredibly important if you want to pursue a creative career or get a spot at art college!
The WASPS Studios themselves are also an incredibly inspiring place to visit. Many Borders based artists have their own studios within the building which gives them a space to allow them to focus on their work as well as be able to display finished pieces that are up for sale. It's a very light, peaceful enviroment and, as I had not had a chance to visit it before, I found it really interesting to be able to wander around and see artists 'at work'. It's a really friendly, comfortable enviroment and was perfect for hosting this event.
Overall the Creative Futures event was a great success, it was well attended by lots of different people who all shared a passion for working in the creative arts and it was lovely to meet other artists who are based in the Borders and hearing about their work. We're looking forward to attending the next one already!
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Puppets by artist Kerry Jones
Written by Tamsin