Over the last few weeks we’ve had a lot of fun hosting art workshops for young people, led by artist Verity Slade.
Verity is a fantastic illustrator who has produced work for clients including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Hollywood Reporter, American Express, and Barbican. Having recently moved to Suffolk from Canada, and alongside her work at Saxmundham Art Station, Verity was very keen to get involved in our project designing youth murals for the Ipswich Waterfront.
Verity led three workshops at The Hive - a brilliant new community space on Norwich Road - which had a slow start but were eventually very well attended by local young people.
Verity helped the young people to explore their creativity by leading them through very structured artistic exercises - encouraging them to try different styles and techniques.
It was wonderful seeing young people become immersed in the activities; some of them claimed not to be artistically inclined but quickly got involved and created amazing work.
Now the workshops are over, Verity - as well as Lily Hammond, Keith Hopewell & Nikki Goldup, the other artists we’re working with - will be spending the next week or so planning the murals inspired by the work created by the young people at the workshops. The final mural designs will be painted on the Waterfront by the artists and volunteers over two weekends in the middle of May: the 13th, 14th and 15th and the 20th, 21st and 22th of May.
If you are interested in helping to paint the murals, you can register for free here. We are looking forward to working with you, being creative and brightening up St Peters Dock on Ipswich Waterfront.
This project is part of Hullabaloo22 which is a collaboration between partners in the Ipswich Cultural Education Partnership (ICEP) network. Taking place between March and August, the project aims to bring together children and young people to experience a wide range of education, arts and community activity in Ipswich.
Hullabaloo22, whose central theme is ‘Tell Your Story’, gives young people and children the chance to express themselves, develop skills and have a voice through creative and cultural experiences and Art Eat are thrilled to be able to deliver this work under the Hullabaloo22 banner.
Photos by Raquel Stirling at Stirling Photography