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Thursday, 12 September 2013
By Alice Thickett & Charlie Walton
Earlier this year, Charlie Walton  (17) designed and made an animation based on the themes of the Aquatopia exhibition. Alice Thickett (youth programmer) chats creativity and learning new skills with this interesting young lady.
 
Alice Thickett: Why did you get involved with the animation workshops at Nottingham Contemporary?
 
Charlie Watson: Well I have always had an interest in ART and the animation workshop was a great opportunity to try new ways of looking at ART and to develop my already existing skills within the animation section.
 
AT: That's brilliant, can you tell me a bit more about what you've done previously please?
 
CW: Yes sure. I have worked with a family friend on tattoo designs as the life-long dream is to get into that business. I also took ART at school as my tutor was the ART teacher. I have had a couple of sessions on drawing different things and I have also worked with an unknown artist from a young age.
 
AT: So from doing the workshops, what new things did you learn? or what skills did you improve?
 
CW: Well I learned there is always a different way of looking at a certain object you are drawing for example a flower, a bee etc... I would say I improved my over all drawing ability. But, it also widened my understanding and opened my mind to new ways of creating things.
 
AT: That sounds really creative! Do you think you'll be coming back again to Nottingham Contemporary?
 
CW: Definitely and if I knew about it before I would have been coming a long time ago.
 
AT: Fantastic, we'll look forward to your future visits!
 
The workshops were led by Associate Artist Jo Dacombe for young people in the Broxtowe area and were held over a period of three days in the studio’s at Nottingham Contemporary. The final animation and can be seen below.
 

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Friday, 30 August 2013
By Alice Thickett
Alice Thickett youth programmer interviews Get Involved 17 member Ben Arrowsuch just as he gets involved with his last event and moves on to be creative at University.
 
Alice Thickett: Hi Ben! How long have you been a Get Involved 17 member?
 
Ben Arrowsuch: It’s been a long time, I can’t remember exactly but for three years at least!

AT: What has been a highlight while you’ve been a young curator? and why would you say it was a highlight?
 
BA: Attending a Tate conference. I got to meet Nick Serota (Director of the Tate), and be on the panel itself. It made me feel as though what we were doing as a group was big, important and significant to young people and the development of Nottingham Contemporary.
 
AT: Wow, that does sound like a proud moment. What was the most recent Get Involved 17 thing you’ve done?
 
BA: We’ve just held our first Circuit event, called COLLABOR-8. It was the kickstarter event for a programme of events and exhibitions that will happen over the next four years. It was a great way to make people aware of Circuit and to get young people into the gallery.

AT: Why do you think getting young people into art spaces is important?
 
BA: It’s important that young people don’t feel intimidated about going into art spaces, because sharing art is universal and anyone can be creative – it’s something that is natural to everyone. Being in a gallery is a great way to learn about different cultures and what’s going on in the world.
 
AT: That’s a great sentiment; I think you can get lot of inspiration for a range of different things by visiting creative spaces. What do you think you’ve personally gained from being in Get Involved 17?
 
BA: I’ve gained alot more confidence especially when speaking out-loud and to members of the public.

AT: What are your plans for life after Get Involved 17?
 
BA: I’m going to go and study Illustration and Animation at a University in Cambridge.
 
AT: Fantastic, it’s great you’ll be carrying on being creative. What advice would you leave the rest of Get Involved 17 and new members?
 
BA: Be as immersed as you can in the group, the programme and the gallery, because you will gain valuable exposure and contacts for joining the art world.

Circuit is a national programme connecting 15 - 25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums. Led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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