We are the ARTISTROOMS Young Ambassadors at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Sophie, Georgie, Laura and Dan. For nearly a year now, we have been working on, and preparing for, the ARTISTROOMS Ron Mueck exhibition.
Since the very beginning, we have been given a lot of responsibility and freedom by the gallery. We began by planning a bid, outlining all the events, workshops, promotional and documentary material we hoped to create, which we wrote and sent to the Art Fund. Fortunately, they allowed us to do everything we planned and it has been an amazing journey for us!
The first thing we did was plan the publication. We worked alongside a graphic designer to create the short book that follows us doing our stuff for the exhibition. The private view was the first event we helped out at. We were given two boards in the Ron Mueck: In Focus room, where we stuck polaroids of visitors holding up a note book with one word written down, which they chose to sum up the exhibition.
In July, we went on a trip to Ron’s studio in London. When we arrived at the studio, Ron answered the door to greet us and took us up into his crowded, humble workspace. It was an amazing insight into such a private space, where he spends so much of his time. He was so welcoming and polite and he was happy to answer all of our questions. We had asked people on our Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr if they had any questions they wanted us to ask Ron when we were there and we were really pleased to be able to answer those for people.
A few weeks later, we did a creative writing workshop, with inspiration from the pieces in Ron’s exhibition. When we had enough material, we began to compile our publication. This took a lot longer than we anticipated, but we had already organised the launch so we knew we had to get it finished on time. For the launch, we had the ‘Wild Thing’ silent disco, which was on the 23rd August. We put together a play list inspired by Ron’s sculptures and made jungle style decorations. On the day of the disco, we had just received our publications from the print. It was such a relief to have it finished so we were so excited for the launch. The disco was a great success, we had a lot of new people come and support us as well as friends and colleagues at the gallery.
The publication is now on sale in the gallery shop so if you want to take a look at it, that’s where you can find it! We hope that the publication will inspire young people to get involved with programmes like the Young Ambassadors as we have had such a wonderful experience, but we also hope to inspire more galleries to open up more opportunities like this for young people.
We have been on the radio this week, discussing our work and what we are off to do next in our lives, and we all agreed that this experience has helped us in many ways. It has expanded our knowledge, introduced us to new artists, boosted our confidence and gave us once in a lifetime opportunities we will never forget! We have done so much in the last year, that is just a brief overview and we’re not even finished yet!
The Young Ambassadors,
Sophie Meeson, Laura Morgan, Georgie Walters and Dan Crawford.