YOUTH UNCOVERED is youth curatorial initiative which interrogates social and educational hierarchies by supporting a group of young people from three South London secondary schools to curate a professional exhibition of contemporary art.
I began working on plans for a youth curatorial programme nearly a year ago and, in fact, had been running ideas through my mind long before that. When I drafted the proposal for Gerald Moore Gallery, after having spoken to Director, Elinor Brass, about the possibility of such a programme, I was both excited and unsure. I received the ‘go ahead’ to begin the project in June of 2015 and sought out schools who were willing to take the leap with me.
Since then, I’ve been working closely with an amazing group of young people and teachers from three diverse South London Schools—Thomas Tallis School, East Dulwich Harris Academy and Eltham College. We worked together to release an international call and the group selected artists from an outstanding number of submissions from around the world. They have been fiercely surpassing every obstacle to create an exhibition which speaks to their experience as young people, today. Just a couple months ago we found out that our exhibition had been granted the support of Arts Council England. We are thrilled to have their seal of approval and to be able to pay the artists appropriate wages.
The exhibition, which opens in two days’ time, considers what it means to be a young person today and is shaping up to be even more impressive than I could have hoped. Likewise, I think the team are proud of their achievements—they certainly should be!
“The project has been really interesting for me, not only as a young person but also as a prospective art student. I am sure that ’youth culture’, as a theme is reflected in many art exhibitions but I feel privileged as a young person to be at the forefront of creating and curation. It really is #youthuncovered.” Sian Newlove-Drew
If you’re in London, please join us for the opening event 23 April 2-5pm. There will be a Q&A with artists and young curators at 4pm. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome! And it is a FREE event.
DIANA &ELEANOR BURCH, FIONA GRADY, LINNEA HAVILAND, ANDREW JOHN MILNE
MICHELLE NGUYEN, HOLLIE WILD, GABRIELLA DREW, ELLIOT WEDGE, THOMAS BUGG, CAMILLA MAKHMUDOVA, SAPPHIRE HALES, KELLY COUGHLAN, HARPREET UPPAL, SIAN NEWLOVE-DREW, WILL NICHOLLS, GEORGINA BAKER