Young Artists Programme 2020 Artists Selected

We are thrilled to welcome Anna Reading, Emily Motto and Gal Leshem as this year's Young Artists Programme's artists, selected with help from three families from North Kensington. Read the original callout for artists' proposals here.

Anna Reading, who also trained at The Slade School of Art, explores imagined futuristic sci-fi landscapes through sculpture, both worldly and other-worldly. She will be inviting the Young Artists to create their own large-scale imagined landscapes with card, modroc and other media. She will also bring to the group simple animation and sound techniques to bring the artworks to life and amplify their ideas.

Emily Motto works with sculpture, installation and drawing to create playful forms, arenas and mazes. She is currently the Artist in Residence at The Bluecoat in Liverpool. Working as one of the artists on the Inspiring Change programme at Turner Contemporary, she worked with 20 young leaders to develop a new public artwork in Margate.

Gal Leshem works with textiles, print, ceramic and video through a strong socially engaged practice. After completing her MA from the Slade School of Art, she has been artist in residence at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Barbican and Create and has worked with The White House in Dagenham. Gal will be encouraging the Young Artists to experiment with different materials and explore themes of belonging, heritage and identity as well as sharing their own cultural traditions.

The Young Artists Programme will culminate at the end of next year with an exhibition to celebrate the project and the work created by the Young Artists.

If you think your child would like to participate in ACAVA's Young Artists Programme, please complete an expression of interest form here


About the Programme

ACAVA’s Young Artists Programme is a weekly term-time programme for 7 to 11 years old in North Kensington delivered over the course of the school year. Each term, a small cohort of young people co-create with a visiting professional artist and explore what art is and can be, by experimenting with new materials and processes. YAP was developed after the success of our school holiday programme Flourish.

The Young Artists Programme encourages participants to develop their ideas playfully as well as enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills whilst offering a deeper understanding of visual art practice. The project might include trips to art galleries, Covid regulations permitting, as well as the chance to gain an Arts Award Discover.

Our Young Artists Programme is supported by the Grenfell Projects Fund, a funding stream from Kensington and Chelsea Council, focused on enhancing lives of those impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire.