YOUNG ARTIST VOLUNTEERS
FRANCESCA BEARDS studio assistant. Francesca, aged 23, is a recent History of Art graduate from Bristol University and is working with us before beginning her Masters in Curating at the University of West England. ‘After 3 years of academic study it’s nice to be back in a studio, engaging with the making element again. I hope to be inspired by the creativity and outreach initiatives at Arts Lab in order to inform my future research and practice in contemporary curation as part of my Masters placement at the Royal West Academy of Art, Bristol.’
ANNA DONALDSON studio assistant. Anna has been associated with Arts Lab, Dartington since it started in 2016. The last couple of years have seen such a transformation in her creative ability and confidence, that we celebrated her achievement with a solo exhibition at Dartington’s Green Table Cafe in the summer of 2018. ‘The sessions at Arts Lab’, says Anna, ‘have really boosted my confidence. Working in a big studio and learning from experienced artists in a place that I have always loved, has made me unafraid to try new things. Dartington itself has been a great place to be, always supportive of experimentation and with like-minded people.’ Arts Lab has been a valuable resource for Anna: helping to build her portfolio of work for art college entry (she got in!); providing work experience as workshop and social media assistant; enabling creative confidence through our programme of workshops and events. ‘Freeing and full of surprises’, says Anna.
KLARA FERM photographer. Klara, 21, is a Swedish undergraduate Photography student at Plymouth College of Art. Since 2016, she has made a significant contribution to Arts Lab’s photography archive. ’Excited to be part of the Arts Lab team, it has given me the opportunity to explore even more where I want to go as an artist and how I can collaborate, help and support others.’
JORDAN REYNOLDS local young creatives co-ordinator. Jordan, 22, wants to use his art as a vehicle ‘to bring attention to, and raise up those less fortunate in life. In a nutshell, I want to create art for the aiding of others.’ He has been on the Arts Lab team for the last few months, developing ways to build bridges between the young creatives of Totnes and the opportunities that Arts Lab can offer. An outcome was his curation of the inaugural Green Table Cafe exhibtion, Driven, showcasing the work of 10 local young artists. Jordan has just started a degree in Drawing at the University of Falmouth, but is committed to staying in touch with the Lab.
MIA-VIOLET LEECH intergenerational making and sensory play. Mia, 21, has made the very most of Arts Lab by taking up the opportunity of testing the ground for new audiences with a passion for inclusion through art. Last season, she ran 2 monthly, well attended sessions: sensory play for all the family; shared making day for local young creatives. She has just started her studies in Interaction Design Art at London College of Communication, but will be returning to Arts Lab in the Christmas to install a sensory exhibition. Mia’s goal is to become an Art Therapist – ‘to use what I know about creative mediums and my socially aware brain to benefit others and bring about positive social change with my current and future skill set.’
TANSY JOCCOAA film-maker. Tansy, 17, is currently studying Film, Photography and English at A level at Kennicott in Totnes. She has produced 5 fantastic films for/ with Arts Lab which can be seen on this website. She also showed her work in the successful Driven exhibition at Dartington in the Summer. Tansy’s love of film started several years ago when she began exploring cameras, filming and editing her own projects at home. ‘Aiding my dream of one day directing films, I’m keen to build my portfolio and work experience. Arts Lab has helped me with this since I joined the team in September 2017.’