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Young artist volunteers

One of Arts Lab’s key roles is as a resource supporting young artists. By providing young people with opportunities to develop and challenge their creative skills and ideas, by giving them ownership and responsibility for their own take on projects, they are better prepared for next steps in higher education or the job market. In turn, what we get from them has been invaluable; their energy, input and plethora of films, photographs and artwork have been significant contributions to the project, energising the Lab’s website and social media platforms.

Anna Donaldson has been working with Arts Lab since it started in February 2016, particpating in numerous workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions and showing her work in both group exhibitions last year. Having recently taken on the role of social media volunteer for the Lab, she is making great strides in her own practice as artist-illustrator . “Arts Lab has helped me build my confidence and identity as an artist,” says Anna, “and thanks in part to the Lab, I got into Plymouth College of Art to study Illustration, deferring my place until I feel the time is right. I really enjoyed building up work for my portfolio exploring different techniques and sketching in the beautiful grounds of the Dartington estate.”

Klara Ferm joined Arts Lab as volunteer photographer in May last year. Born and raised in the north of Sweden, she came to the UK to study photography at Plymouth College of Art. She is currently in her second year, juggling a very busy college programme with a commitment to Arts Lab, helping us to document the range of activities we run whilst also developing her own practice. I am interested in exploring combinations of the photographic with other art forms as a way to expand my oeuvre,” says Klara. “Excited to be part of the Arts Lab team, I have the opportunity to explore even more where I want to go as an artist and how I can collaborate, help and support others.”

In November 2017, Klara photographed artists working on Stephen Park’s November weekend course ‘What they don’t teach you at art college’. For the full collection, go to Photographs in Gallery.

And in July the same year, she joined us for the day, working with refugees and Integr8. Go to Photographs in Gallery for the full collection.

Klara has also proved invaluable in documenting our work with Key4Life in the beautiful photographs below. (Go to Photographs in Gallery for the full collection.)

Tansy West has been with us since October 2017 whilst also doing her A Levels at Kennicott Sixth Form in Totnes. As the Lab’s film-maker volunteer, Tansy has made a point of fitting in visits to Studio 20 whenever she can to document workshops with different types of groups.

“My love of film started several years ago when I began exploring cameras and editing independenty of school. I started by filming and editing short sequences but this soon progressed into choosing film as one of my GCSEs, teaching me more about the film industry and providing lots of practical knowledge. I’ve recently begun my journey studying film as an A-level, whilst also filming and editing my own projects at home. The Arts Lab internship is both enjoyable and helpful in building up a portfolio to aid my dream of directing films in the future.”

Between October and December 2017, Tansy created two films for Arts Lab – “Making Mondays” and “Spontaneous” – both beautifully capturing the mood of the regular Monday lunchtime workshops. To view, go to Films on this site.

…. And her very first project – thrown in an at the deep end only a couple of days after enquiring about the post of film intern – was to document in photographs Key4Life’s October visit (see above).

Jake Moran, currently studying Commercial Film at Falmouth University, has been connected with Art Lab since it started in March 2016. Having heard about its existence through his school’s Art Department, he took the initiative to come up to the Lab (then at Aller Park school) and find out what it was all about. As a year 13 film student at Kennicott in Totnes, Jake was able to take full advantage of one-to-one tutoring/facilitation from James Rowden – a professional commercial film maker and videographer and the Lab’s film mentor. Out of these first sessions, he created his first short film at the Lab – “Coffee”. James was instrumental in guiding Jake (then a Foundation Art Student) to produce the two films he has since created for Arts Lab – “Enrichment Day 2” and “Student Feedback”. To view, go to Films on this site.

Charlotte Wells was actively involved with Arts Lab as workshop partcipant, workshop assistant and exhibitor from October 2016 until June 2017. As a Fine Art graduate from Falmouth University, she found Arts Lab really useful in assisting her development as an emerging artist. “Working mostly solitarily, I have wanted to find a space where I can meet like minded creative people, collaborate in projects, partake in workshops, and make art. Discovering Arts Lab has allowed me to find these things and more. I’ve learnt skills from others and shared my own approaches to making art.” Charlotte now has a full time job working as a teacher assistant in the art department of her old school in Torbay … and has made her practice as a painter integral to her daily life by painting from her small home studio.

Zanna Lotto, like Anna Donaldson, was involved with Arts Lab at its inception in March 2016. At the time, Zanna was an A Level student in both Film and Photography at Kennicott Sixth Form in Totnes and was inspired by the space at Aller Park to make her own films and photographs.

In March 2017, just before her involvement with Arts Lab came to a close, Zanna took these photographs of Anna Gordan and Sara Downham-Lotto doing some collaborative drawing and painting.

To see Zanna’s films and photographs go to Films ….. and Photographs on this site.