A large number of young people aged between 13 and 18 visit
20-21 Visual Arts Centre on a regular basis.
During 2003 and 2004, arts youth worker, Karl Barnard,
started work on ‘Hooked’. A two year project based
at 20-21 that aimed to inspire young people to get involved with
arts activities taking place at the centre.
Karl liaised with an advisory group of young people to develop a
programme of activities that aimed to be both challenging
and fun. The advisory group met on a regular basis to discuss ideas
for future activities and events. They also discussed issues
relating to young people and the centre itself.
Funding for ‘Hooked’ was provided by the Arts
Council England and the St Hugh’s Foundation to run a number
of artist-led activities at 20-21.
As part of ‘Skate Art’, an exhibition which
coincided with the project, a number of complementary activities
were organised. These included;
- Building a quarter pipe with artist Sam Sherbourne which was
then painted by artist Carlo Orsolini
- A t-shirt workshop which gave young people the opportunity to
design and print their own t-shirts with artist Andy Fung
- A skateboard deck design workshop run by artist Carole Van
Hoffelen - participants produced a design which they
transferred onto a blank deck using various paint techniques
- A spray can art demonstration with urban artist Neal Keane who
completed a number of spray art panels which were display in the
‘Skate Art’ exhibition, and also helped a small group
to design and spray their own panel
- A video project at the centre called "Zombie Skaterz"
gave young people the chance to write, act and film their own
video. As part of the project storyboard writing, theatre/film
make-up and drama sessions took place.