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Highlights of 2014

In 2014 The Roche Court Educational Trust worked with more people than ever before and exceeded record figures in the history of the Trust. We are busy planning our 2015 programme.

ARTiculation Prize Finals 2014

The ARTiculation Prize Finals 2014 are to be held on Saturday 1 March at Clare College, Cambridge and will be adjudicated by Artist and Writer Edmund de Waal OBE. The team are busy preparing for the last regional heat at the New Art Centre Tuesday 25 February and the finals. To see the progress of this years competition so far please see here.

David Batchelor Concretos

David Batchelor ‘Concretos’  exhibition at the New Art Centre was opened by Fiona Bradley, Director, The Fruitmarket Gallery. To view the opening talk please see the Trusts’ Vimeo page

ARTiculation Prize 2014 starts Monday 13 January 2014

ARTiculation 2014 starts Monday 13 January 2014 and final preparations are being made. The ARTiculation team will travel the length and breadth of the country visiting 8 different galleries and meeting students from over 70 schools.  We are delighted to announce that Edmund de Waal OBE will adjudicate the finals to be held at Clare College, Cambridge on 1st March 2014.

Click here for further information. The team will be making regular updates to our ARTiculation Prize facebook page, see more here

Spaces of Our Own Blog and Book

In October 2013 artist Laura Ellen Bacon delivered the project ‘Spaces of Our Own’  at the New Art Centre, Roche Court and Chatsworth. Over 200 participants took part in the project and worked with the artist to produce drawings of their own ‘imaginary spaces’ inspired by the landscapes they walked within. A blog containing an online gallery of a selection of drawings will be launched soon, as well as a book curated by Laura Ellen Bacon. To find out more about the project see here.

ARTiculation 2014

ARTiculation 2014 starts next week and final preparations are being made. The ARTiculation team will travel the length and breadth of the country visiting 8 different galleries and meeting students from over 70 schools.  We are delighted to announce that Edmund de Waal OBE will adjudicate the finals to be held at Clare College, Cambridge on 1st March 2014.  Click here for further information.

Spaces of Our Own Project Launch

This week will see the launch of the partnership project ‘Spaces of Our Own’ and will be delivered  at the New Art Centre, Roche Court and Chatsworth by artist Laura Ellen Bacon. Over 200 participants will take part in the project and will work directly with Laura to produce drawings of their own ‘imaginary spaces’ inspired by the landscapes they are within and the Artists’ work. An online gallery of the drawings will follow soon. To find out more about the project see here.

Exchanges: Sculpture and dance in dialogue

‘Exchanges’ is a programme of educational opportunities to explore dialogue between visual art and performance.  Dancers from 2BU, Pavilion Dance South West and Hampshire Youth Dance company came together to explore sculptures at Roche Court, forming the starting point for new improvisational performance. This culminated in a student showcase and presentation at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth on the 14th April.  The project was extremely successful and plans are already underway to develop the dialogue further into 2014.

“I’m delighted with the outcomes of the Exchanges project.  Not only has it brought together two youth dance companies to share their creative ideas and learning journeys, but it has also given our young dancers an opportunity to work with sculpture for the first time.  Our visit to the Roche Court Trust’s Sculpture Park was truly inspiring and the impact it had on our young people is evident in the high quality dance work they have produced since.  The sculptures they saw were so much more than a simple initial stimulus; they became the core and purpose of their dance work and they returned to the themes that emerged from the scuptures to reinterpret them over and over again”. Sophie Amstell, Programme Director, Hampshire Dance

Sarah Pickstone Workshops

On Tuesday 30th April Artist, Sarah Pickstone led creative workshops to explore the themes of her exhibition at Roche Court. 

Figurescapes was an opportunity for students to view Sarah Pickstone’s exhibition and to explore the sculpture at Roche Court through drawing. All the drawings and ideas were gathered together to create a concertina book at the end of the workshop.  By walking, discussing and drawing in the Sculpture Park, students explored the unique space of the garden and the creative stimulus it has been for many writers such as Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath depicted by Sarah Pickstone’s paintings in ‘The Writers Series’ at Roche Court.

“Thank you so much for giving the students such a valuable experience – seeing the sculptures in such a beautiful setting was enough in itself; but to work with an artist and discuss their work with them, gives the students’ a real insight!” Rosemary Scott Assistant Centre Manager,  Andover Education Centre.

ARTiculation 2013 comes to a close

The finalists with adjudicator Tim Llewellyn OBE

The ARTiculation Prize Final 2013 was held on Saturday March 9th at Clare College, Cambridge to a full auditorium.  Students from a variety of schools attended a morning lecture by Professor Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds and had tours of the University by undergraduates, with the ARTiculation Prize Finals 2013 in the afternoon.

First prize was awarded to Molly Nickson from Townley Grammar, Kent. Molly spoke passionately about a Henry Moore sculpture, ‘Knife Edge’, which sits in Greenwich Park in London.  Second place was awarded to Victoria Oshinusi from Badminton School, who gave a sophisticated talk about ‘Betty’ 1988 by Gerhard Richter. Third prize was won by Zoe Lakota-Baldwin from University College School, Hampstead, with her fascinating talk about ‘The Upper Room’ by Chris Ofili.

Tim Llewellyn judged the finalists and was very impressed by the standard and delivery of all the talks. We have had many positive comments, from students, teachers and guests regarding the day.