ReachOutRCA Provides 2009 Frieze Education Programme

13 October 2009: For the second year running, ReachOutRCA – the Royal College of Art’s schools’ outreach programme – is working with Frieze Art Fair to create the 2009 Frieze Education Programme in the Deutsche Bank Education Space.

Frieze Workshop 2009, After Marcel Duchamp, Michele Panzeri
Frieze Workshop 2009
Photographer: Michele Panzeri

Aiming to establish a strong legacy for the children and young people that take part, ReachOutRCA provides a highly ambitious, imaginative and critical exploration of Frieze Art Fair. Involving students from four inner London schools, the Frieze Education Programme 2009 concentrates on sculpture and Frieze Projects at Frieze Art Fair.

With workshops for schools, a weekend public programme, a young person’s printed guide to Frieze Art Fair and an online resource, the programme provides an exciting scheme that allows participants to take ownership of their cultural experiences, making learning about art more meaningful and fun.

Two RCA sculpture alumni will lead two schools groups each using their own approach to their work as a starting point; Nicolas Deshayes and Melissa Jordan plan to engage the young people with the Sculpture Park at Frieze Art Fair and three-dimensional pieces within the fair to contextualise their own work.

The weekend workshops will be free, on a drop in basis, from 11.30am to 5.30pm. Timed hourly drop-in sessions will grow throughout the day into one large project. Workshops are aimed at 5–12 year olds. Designed for younger children attending the fair, the weekend workshops will use animation and sculpture to interpret Frieze Projects.

Animation workshops on Saturday will be led by RCA alumni Martin Earle and Ryan Edquist, using Frieze projects as inspiration. On Sunday, RCA graduate Anne Harild will also use Frieze Projects to stimulate her workshop, making together with the children a piece of sculpture that will grow throughout the day.

The Frieze Education online resource provides an insight into the fair for young people everywhere, featuring interviews with artists involved in Frieze Art Fair. Information on all education workshops and artists can also be found here, and the site will serve as an event archive post-Frieze Art Fair.

Hannah Murgatroyd, Project Manager at ReachOutRCA said, “Working with Deutsche Bank and Frieze Art Fair is an extraordinary opportunity for Royal College of Art artists and young people within the schools we work with. ReachOutRCA aims to be an inspirational exchange between those who have made art and design a life choice and those who stand on its threshold.”

“We are very proud of our partnership with the Royal College of Art which for the past 17 years has focused on promoting entrepreneurship amongst graduate art students, “ said Kate Cavelle, Director, Corporate Citizenship UK. “It was therefore a very natural step to extend this partnership to the Deutsche Bank Education Space where the ReachOutRCA team engages with young people to bring often complex contemporary art concepts to life. To see younger generations learn in a very hands-on way about the art world and discover the opportunities it holds for them is very exciting.”

You can find more details of the 2009 Frieze Education Programme at www.frieze.com.

A series of interviews with individuals who have made creativity a life choice can be viewed on YouTube,along with films made by young people in ReachOutRCA’s workshops.