Quay Arts was the final venue for Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour; which allowed the team to benefit from all the learning and enriching of the exhibition which had emerged at the previous venues.
Launch of Generation ART at Quay Arts, featuring interviews with young artists and project partners. Created by Axisweb.
Children enjoy the participation area at Generation ART. Image: Jane Moorhouse.
Throughout March and April 2016, including the Easter holidays, the exhibition was the prompt and inspiration for a series of free family drop ins and workshops for schools across the Island inspired by Generation ART.
The exhibition opened with an accompanying new Generation ART commission: Cloud Collecting, by artist Lisa Traxler, inspired by the online conversations about Generation ART through social media. You can hear more about artist Lisa Traxler's installation in this interview with Georgia Newman, the Visual Arts Project Manager at Quay Arts.
A new installation was also created by pupils from St George’s Special school through a week of workshops led by artists Hannah George and Ian Whitmore. The young artists involved were particularly inspired by the Generation ART artworks Looking into the Family Album, Self Portrait and the filmwork Waiting.
A young visitor exploring Lisa Traxler's commission, Cloud Collecting. Image: Jane Moorhouse.
Quay Arts also hosted a series of artist-led family drop in sessions at Sandown, Ryde, Ventnor and at Quay Arts, as well as sessions for local schools with walking artist Linn O’Carroll.
Visitors at Generation ART, Quay Arts. Image: Jane Moorhouse.
'It is extremely valuable for a small, but ambitious, island-based arts organisation like Quay Arts to be part of a national project like Generation ART,' said Jacqui Cusack, Manager at Quay Arts.
"We are passionate about enabling the creative ambitions of the children and young people of the Isle of Wight to grow through and beyond the exhibition. This project has allowed us to invest time and resources to devise a broad programme of commissions, response projects, family and school workshops, which maximise the impact of the touring exhibition."