Void Art School
In August 2006 Void commenced its pilot Education Programme alongside the Artist-in- Residence scheme with artist Damien Duffy.
The Art School which is open to AS and A level students, provides studio space, materials and tuition to students interested in continuing their art education to third level.
The Art School has established a rigorous teaching programme based on the exhibitions at Void, students attend weekdays after school and on Saturdays. Practical projects are developed through one-to-one tutorials based on each student’s particular response to the work they encounter. In addition, students are encouraged to develop more critical engagement with work observed and created. In this respect the Art School is unique in its training of students through encouraging more critical and creative engagement in contemporary art beyond curriculum based teaching.
Students are taught to develop work towards exhibitions in the studio corridor and with a view to their end of year exhibition.
The teaching programme also assists students in developing their curriculum work as they are introduced to contemporary artists as new influences. This provides new contextual reference points in the production of more innovative approaches to the regular school curriculum.
The Education Programme has demonstrated a vital role in preparing students for interviews for third level education. Current A level students have attended interviews at Glasgow School of Art, University College London and Goldsmiths College, London. Two of the students have subsequently been offered places to study Art and Architecture in England.
The Education Programme has also partnered with the North West Institute of further and Higher Education. Creating a project that gives students studying HND Art an opportunity to develop and create a piece of work for Void.