News | Published: Fri 14 Dec 2007

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Head Space: Creative sessions for young adults at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Head Space is part of the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Department’s programme for young adults, and is designed to complement ‘Source’, the Museum’s course of GCSE and A-Level Art support sessions. While Source provides students with curriculum-based academic guidance and exam support outside school hours, Head Space offers them a chance to discuss art in an informal, unpressured environment with like-minded people, and explore the Museum’s collections with the help of the Fitzwilliam’s Education staff. Students are then offered the chance to use the Museum’s Studio to create their own artworks, with all materials (and refreshments) provided. No booking is required for these drop-in sessions, which are completely free.

The Museum’s latest Head Space session took place on Saturday 24 November, where 12 young people aged between 14 and 21 used the Fitzwilliam’s collections as inspiration for creating their own artwork. Many of these students were attending as part of the Arts Award programme, in which participants work towards the artistic equivalent of a ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ Award. This particular session focused upon portraiture and 20th-century sculpture, and gave students the opportunity to experiment with costume and photography, or cardboard sculpture. One participant commented: ‘I really enjoyed analysing Picasso and having the opportunity to express myself with pastels - thank you.’

The next Head Space session will take place 19 January 2008, 14.00-16.30.

Head Space is supported by the Eridge Trust.

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