World Art Collections Exhibition
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Regional Enquire Students Exhibition
at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

En-titled, a new exhibition featuring art by young people in the eastern region opens in the Link at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on 3 January and runs until 13 January.

The exhibition is the culmination of the enquire and envision projects by students aged 15 – 25 years. The participating groups are from the Sainsbury Centre, Fruitful Arts, Outpost Gallery and NR5 in Norwich, Babylon Gallery in Ely and Kings Lynn Arts Centre.

The galleries form the East Cluster of enquire, a nationwide project which is co-ordinated and funded by the national association for gallery education, engage.

The work on show at the Centre will include painting, sculpture, animation, film and interactive work. Works include a collaborative wall-hung mural, large-scale alien sculptures, cityscapes built from old IT equipment and even a sculpture of a skateboard.

“I am delighted that the students will be exhibiting their work in the Sainsbury Centre Link. All the students involved have worked with enthusiasm, made new friends and developed their skills. They are keen to encourage other young people to be involved in gallery life and I hope this exhibition will help to do this”
– Charlotte Peel, Education and Events Officer, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

The Babylon Gallery has been working with a group of young carers who will be exhibiting film and artwork they have made during the project. Norwich based Fruitful Arts has been working with young people from the NR5 project who have been excluded from school. They have created sculpture and 2D work at Outpost Gallery, which will be on display. The NR5 project have another group of young people they have been working with at the Sainsbury Centre who will be exhibiting work that has resulted from their time at the Centre. Kings Lynn Arts Centre has worked with youngsters from the pupil referral unit and they have developed a series of animations which will be included in the exhibition, using plasticine and stop-motion computer software.

The Sainsbury Centre’s enquire group have also been busy. Earlier in 2007 they held an exhibition event at the Centre entitled What’s Your Ritual? The event included the display of photographs of people’s daily rituals which had been submitted by the people from different backgrounds, as well as performances linked to the theme which included ‘mock weddings’.

For the January exhibition, En-titled, the Sainsbury Centre group will be developing an interactive resource area. The space will focus upon coloured Perspex boxes which will be lit to cast a ‘moody’ glow. People will be able to relax on bean bags and cushions, soak up the atmosphere and post a secret in to one of the boxes according to their mood. The students explained that, “we wanted to create a colourful area that would appeal to young people so that they would feel more at home in the gallery and feel that it is a place suited to them”.