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Students earned Bronze Arts Award for their course work

Date: 19th December 2019

Askham Bryan College’s Flex Programme, a 12-week course designed to help adults learn new skills and training, celebrated the completion of its autumn course at The Hepworth Wakefield last night with a Bronze Arts Award ceremony earned by the students on the programme.  

The College’s Wakefield Flex programme worked in collaboration with the College’s Prince’s Trust programme on The Hepworth Wakefield partnership. Although Askham Bryan College is known for its specialist land-based study, the College’s Wakefield Flex programme leader, Shaun Tomlinson, teamed with the Prince’s Trust Wakefield leader, Annabel Smith, to explore projects in different subject areas and approached the gallery about working together to promote the arts to its students.

Shaun Tomlinson said, “The Hepworth Wakefield is globally-recognised and an enormous presence in West Yorkshire. To get them involved with our community programme was an absolute privilege.  The workshops they delivered in conjunction with local photographer Nick Singleton inspired and encouraged our students to pursue their untapped interests in the arts and embark on apprenticeships and careers in photography and film-making. These last twelve weeks have brought focus to our students and have truly placed them on the path to greater achievements. Last night’s ceremony was a very proud moment as they received a Bronze Art Award, a national qualification which is designed to inspire young people to explore the arts. This was the first Flex programme course delivered through Askham Bryan’s Wakefield campus and it was a resounding success. We look forward to continuing work with The Hepworth Wakefield and other organisations that help foster essential skills that contribute to the community.”

Sarah McNally, The Hepworth Wakefield’s Youth Programme Coordinator, said: ‘This extended course has involved young people visiting museums and galleries, local artists’ studios and outdoor sites with photographer Nick Singleton. They explored different film and photography techniques, researched artists who inspire them which culminated in their own exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield. In the new year, we will continue to support the young people by providing opportunities for participants to continue their creative practice such as mentoring, artist residencies or joining our weekly Art Social drop-in programme. We have been delighted to work with Askham Bryan College’s Flex Programme and the Princes Trust to deliver such a successful and rewarding programme.’

TJ Dabbs, student on the Flex course said, “During the past 12 weeks I have been taking part in a series of different activities through the Flex programme in conjunction with The Hepworth Wakefield to achieve a bronze award in photography. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to get into photography but quickly realised it was something I could really enjoy along with the help of Nick Singleton. I am now looking forward to progressing and developing my skills and abilities through a mentoring programme with Nick.  It has been such a brilliant experience and I would advise anyone to take part in the programme if they can.  Thanks to all for giving me this opportunity.''


Photo by Nick Singleton

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