April 2016 ushered in a fantastic collaboration with the Outreach Team at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to introduce young people to exciting, participative contemporary art in Scotland.
Built around the themes of the Gallery’s ‘The UNTITLED/Bad Entertainment’ exhibition, young people from Bridges Project were able to explore what the Gallery and art in general has to offer them in today’s fast moving world of social media, online presence and reality television. Young people participated in mask making, photography and short video workshops to explore their personal stories and share their life experiences through the media of film and photography.
Ably supported by Richie Cumming, Outreach Officer at the National Galleries of Scotland, Project Scotland volunteer, Pablo Gonzales and our own Sandie Wyles, the ‘team’ were very creative in their engagement with the exhibition and the Gallery, learning that the issues which present in their day to day lives have real relevance in the world of Scottish contemporary art.
We hope that this is just the start for the participants and that they will build on this experience and realise that art can be as accessible, meaningful and involved to them as Facebook, Instagram and reality television.