We were pleased to be commissioned by City of Wolverhampton Council to deliver innovative art sessions over October Half Term to young people aged 10-16 who live in the city as part of the #WVVirtualSquad offer. These had to be run differently from our Summer sessions, when face to face sessions were possible, because of the second national lockdown.
Having already delivered many virtual art session to adults and to Deaf groups using the video conference apps: Zoom and MS Teams, and organising delivery of individual ‘art packs’ it was a case of using that experience to put a programme of Arts activity and learning materials together that not only encouraged fun but also stretched abilities and knowledge. As well as daytime activities aimed at younger children, we delivered evening sessions of more advanced art techniques for teenagers and made use of the ‘RAW CAM’ – a separate ‘spotlighted’ device aimed at an art demonstration piece.
'Zoom' screen shots
As you can see, the quality of work the young people created is amazing. Well done!
Here's what the young people said:
Thank you for all your hard work and effort . I have really enjoyed this and will definitely be back to join you guys again !!!! I had a wonderful half term being part if Real art club x. Thanks again to you all!!!! 🎃🤗🤗🤗
We are a highly visual company and like the idea of showing information in easy to understand and accessible ways.
Therefore we have worked with our sister company https://www.alexvanndesign.co.uk/ to produce a series of 'infographics' that sum up some important information about the Arts in general, the impact of mental health issues and benefits of partaking in arts practices and learning British Sign Language, shown below:
Feel free to share these on your own channels.
Investors in People
Arts Council report
Pleased to share this video looking back one year to this important and impactful art exhibition.
One year ago, RAW co-curated the 'Support Life' art exhibition at which featured 32 amazing Wolverhampton / Black Country artists.
We've made a short 'recap' video as it seems this issue is more pertinent than ever in light of Covid 19 and its impact on individuals, communities, jobs, livelihoods & hopes for the future.
Please feel free to share and #BeKind to each other.
#SupportLife #SuicidePrevention #ArtIsWork #GivingPeopleACreativeVoice
Alex Vann is an all round creative. He formed RAW in 1997 out of a University project and restarted it in 2018 after working as a graphic designer for agencies and in-house for many years.