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Generation Cyanotypes

Exhibition Preview : Saturday 18 May, 17:30 -18:30

This project, funded through Canterbury City Council’s RISE Innovation Grants, sees the conception, development and realisation of a creative community project by Rebecca Armstrong, a young woman currently studying at Herne Bay High School.

Rebecca has been mentored through this process by artist and educator, Emily Parris, who has herself developed her own successful creative practice which is based at The Darkroom at Beach Creative.

The project demonstrates an asset-based approach, where young people are given the autonomy to decide upon the work they wish to do, and are given support and empowered to learn the process and take it to a conclusion. 

Artist Rebecca Armstrong

Beach Creative recognises the need for young people in the area to be given professional mentoring to help them decide what THEY want for the future of our organisation and to tools to achieve this. We need a new generation to take Beach Creative into the future, by ACTIVE participation in decision-making processes.

The project stems from a related piece of work which has seen the establishment of a group of young people working within our space on their own creative project work, supported by skill-based education. The original work was funded by Kent County Council and has seen continuation funding from Kent Community Foundation.

Cyanotype experiment by Rebecca Armstrong in preparation for the project

Beach Creative hope to develop a designated profession studio space for young people within Beach Creative subject to a successful bid to the Community Ownership Fund.

Rebecca plans to study Law at the University of Kent in September and after the exams, will join our Board of Directors as our youngest member.

We hope you can join us for the Private View of this very special exhibition on Saturday 18th May from 5.30 to 6.30pm!

Read more about Canterbury City Council's RISE grants :

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