Brook Centre Students’ Exhibition in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter
Students from Folkestone’s Brook Education Centre were the latest artist group to show their work in the Creative Quarter recently. The exhibition was open for nearly a week, and presented an opportunity for students to share their artistic output with parents, guests and other visitors in a professional environment.
Presented under the generic title of “The Wall”, the exhibition included models, collages, maquettes and digital photography, all taking their inspiration from a visit made by 40 students to Camden Lock and Market in 2012. Architectural and decorative features from the area were reflected in the artwork that the students produced, influenced amongst other things by copper and bronze horse statues from the old horse market.
The exhibition took place in a space donated by the Creative Foundation in The Old High Street, Folkestone. It was opened by Josh De Haan, Trustee of The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, which donated £20,000 to help fund the year-long programme of activity. Artist in residence Tim Guest developed the concept, working together with students and teachers at the Brook Centre. The programme included courses in photography, painting, sculpture and drama, and was designed to encourage students to express themselves through creativity, to approach problems in a constructive way, working in teams, and ultimately to improve their self confidence.
Brook Education Centre Pupil Referral Unit helps young people who are encountering difficulties in their education. Head Teacher Richard Davies said: “We are extremely grateful to The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust for their very generous support. Every initiative that enriches the curriculum for our pupils is highly prized.”
Deputy Head Teacher Valerie Lyon-Wall, who worked with Tim on the project, said: “We are very excited about the creative possibilities that have opened up for our students, and it is fantastic that so many of them could benefit from the opportunities provided by this extra funding.”
Tim Guest has considerable experience in using creativity in education, notably at Future Creative based in Deal. His approach draws upon his skills in art and design, teaching and youth work to empower young people to achieve and develop both personally and professionally.