Insights is a practical, informative and nurturing project for young people (aged 17+) who are considering Foundation or Degree courses in the Arts
The project brought together expertise from Camden Art Centre and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design to support young people in making informed decisions about their creative futures.
We offered free portfolio viewing sessions, practical workshops, university tours and contact with professional artists and academics. Working with us, participants can produce a new body of work, receive advice on their choices and feel more confident about how to structure an effective portfolio.
During September and October our Education team was available to deliver an introduction to schools, discuss study options with students and invite them to sign up to the project.
Schools and Colleges booked a free workshop at Camden Art Centre where current Foundation and Undergraduate students show and talk through their portfolios. The workshop included opportunities to ask questions and consider what makes an effective portfolio for different disciplines.
Students could also attend Portfolio Review days at Central Saint Martins on 4 October, 1 November, 6 December, 10 January and 7 February.
The Insights Winter School was an opportunity for students to get stuck into building and shaping a portfolio. Hosted both at Central Saint Martins School of Arts & Design and at Camden Art Centre, workshops included practical activities using facilities at the two venues, and an opportunity for discussion around how to structure a portfolio.
All workshops were led by professional artists and tutors and supported by undergraduate students. While each workshop was led in different specialisms, there was an emphasis on the importance of drawing, working quickly and keeping preparatory studies as a way to demonstrate the progression of ideas.
A further two workshops in the New Year prepared participants for interviews through visits to exhibitions and artists’ studios. These visits were a fantastic opportunity to build a greater awareness of contemporary art in London, develop confidence in speaking about art and skills in debating opinions about art.