Education policy at Quay Arts
At Quay Arts, we respect the views of all children and young people who come to our workshops and exhibitions; we are non-judgemental and open to different ways of seeing.
We use the principle of ‘co-creation’ to guide our education work; our Artist Educators work alongside participants, learning with them and from them, as well as imparting new skills and ways of seeing things. We use our main exhibition programme as a starting point to encourage children and young people to produce work of their own ‘in response’ to what they see and feel.
For us, the process, not the end result, is the main thing – making art rather than hanging it on the wall. We often celebrate work by exhibiting the end result in the Clayden Gallery, our dedicated space for schools and colleges, but it is still the process of creating the work which excites us.
Our workshops are usually non-curriculum based, because we want children and young people to have a very different and open-ended learning experience in the gallery from what they experience at school. Their work will not be ‘marked’ and every response is valid.
We aim to de-mystify the gallery – to help children understand that galleries are so much more than places to observe – they are both safe and provocative spaces in which to let imaginations take fire.
For more information, please also see our Schools & Colleges page.