Opening up careers in the arts
Frieze's education programme works with students, teachers and institutions to widen engagement and support careers in the arts. This year, frieze magazine, The Showroom, Whitechapel Gallery and professional art educators led workshops with sixth-form students from state schools across London.
This new annual Frieze Projects initiative is open to 16 to 18-year-olds from diverse socio–economic backgrounds. In 2017, Islington College, Stoke Newington Sixth Form, New City College and Chobham Academy nominated 20 students to take part in the programme.
From ‘thinking', 'speaking' and 'writing' about art to ‘working in art’, the workshops brought students into collaboration with arts educators and key experts from the art world. By giving insight into the variety of positions held by people from all walks of life, the programme encouraged students to think about what courses they may like to study at university and where a career in the arts could take them.
Workshops took place over a period of two months, with participating students also providing guided tours of Frieze London for their peers and producing a final piece of work.
What the Students Said
100% of participating students would recommend the programme to their peers. Many commented on the value of the programme in developing their language, confidence and knowledge so that they can now seriously consider a future in the arts.
Kat reminded me when I’m in certain environments… or art galleries, it’s important to remember I have every right to be here and my background isn’t making me any less relevant or important -student Pollobi Ferdousi on 'Speaking About Art' with artist educator Katriona Beales.
Before the programme we weren’t confident in talking about art... I think it has developed our skills in interpretation. -student Iman Abbas
Frieze Education aims to build long-term connections between young people and arts professionals, with students gaining access to a network of opportunities at Frieze. After the workshops end, depending on their interests students have the opportunity to meet key mentors in the worlds of art, architecture and design.
Find out more about Frieze Education 2017 here. Details of the 2018 Frieze Education programme will be announced soon.