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Children get arty at Akeman Street community centre

News release from 29/05/2019

FIFTEEN children have earned Accredited Arts Award qualifications by taking part in an arts project at Akeman Street Community Centre.

The project, run by Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS) with Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery, gave children the chance to try various artistic activities including clay modelling, fabric painting, jewellery making, printing and bushcraft.

Kettle’s Yard also arranged for artist Ian Brownlie to visit the group twice, to help guide them through different printing techniques.

The children later visited Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery in Castle Street, where they had the chance to sketch their favourite objects in the house, tour the gallery and try out some printing techniques with Ian in the learning studio.

Some of the beautiful art work they created was then put on public display as part of the gallery’s community days.

Earlier this year ChYpPS also organised a visit for the children to the council’s Cambridge Community Scrapstore. They learned how Scrapstore works to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill, by salvaging waste that can be offered to members as low cost art and craft materials.

While visiting Scrapstore the children were each invited to fill up a bag with materials of their choice to take home and use for their own art and craft projects.

At the end of the project the children turned the Akeman Street centre into an art gallery, inviting their parents and siblings to come and view their work, and celebrate their achievements throughout the project.

Their work continues to be on display in the community room at the Akeman Street centre, as well as outdoors on the community notice boards on Akeman Street and Carlton Way.

Of the 15 children who participated in the project, six were awarded certificates for Accredited Arts Award at ‘Discover’ level, and nine were awarded certificates at ‘Explore’ Level.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “It has been wonderful to see how this group of children have taken this opportunity to expand their artistic skills, gain a qualification and produce some amazing work to share with their friends, family and the community.

“Projects like these can really expand young people’s horizons, and we are very grateful that Kettle’s Yard has helped enable them to do so. Cambridge is home to a number of internationally-renowned arts and culture organisations, but not all Cambridge residents ordinarily have the chance to enjoy them.

“The arts programme is just one of the ways we are tackling the inequality of opportunity that exists in Cambridge, in order to help all of our residents fulfil their potential and make the most of life here.”

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