StyaB, creative mentoring programme
One of the most rewarding parts of working in education for me is the face to face work with individual children and young people. Mentoring is one way of offering them support, and for some the opportunity to work with a creative practitioner can have a lasting impact.
In 2007, with backing from Creative Partnerships Bristol, I set up a pilot scheme providing creative mentoring to individual secondary students across the city. The programme - known as StyaB, is being delivered in collaboration with artists Luci Gorell Barnes and Shawn Sobers. You can see examples of the young people’s work on the StyaB blog.
As well as working 1:1 with the young people, we regularly meet as a team and are currently working towards a group publication. We also have links with a creative mentoring programme run by the New York chapter of AIGA – the professional association for design and are looking at the possibility of joint project work in the near future.
StyaB officially came to an end in July 2008. However, with some support from RiO we have been able to run an intensive residency period for the young people at Spike Island’s Residency Studio space during October and November, using animation as a focus.
RiO are also currently conducting a short feasibility study into the possibility of rolling the mentoring programme out across the South West with the emphasis on creative support around transition from primary to secondary education.
See the StyaB blog and my own blog for more information and updates.
    
    
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