The Look Into My World exhibition explored a wide variety of themes, led by the young people's questions and ideas, from searching for the souls of dead animals to exploring identity and challenging stereotypes. A range of skills and techniques has been used from printmaking and painting to sculpture, film and installation.
The Look Into My World project began in September 2013, when young people aged 7 to 17 from six primary schools and four secondary schools, enjoyed a special visit to Leeds City Museum and Leeds Art Gallery. Young people explored an exhibition at Leeds City Museum of work by international author and illustrator Anthony Browne and were inspired by the humorous and serious stories he portrayed. At the Art Gallery they investigated contemporary art and the way that artists work, they also experienced making sculptures together in groups. The film tracks the progress of the project from visits to artworks.
Workshops in schools led by artists Kate Genever and Lou Sumray further developed imaginative ways of working. Young people were supported by their teachers and the artists to express their own ideas. Finished work was selected for both this exhibition and for 'Satellite' exhibitions close to each school, including at a doctor's surgery and a professional gallery in a local mill.
Young people have increased their confidence and creativity through their participation in this project and the artwork they have made. The teachers involved have also had the opportunity to develop new approaches in their classrooms.
Participating primary schools: Allerton CE, Alwoodley, Holy Family, Ireland Wood, Pudsey Primrose, Stanningley
Participating secondary schools: Benton Park, Brigshaw, Crawshaw, Guiseley
Photography and film production: David Lindsay
Project partners: Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds City Museum, ArtForms Arts Development, Studio 12, Leeds College of Art, Child Friendly Leeds and Arts Council England