BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking students Marie Taylor and Amelia Webster recently collaborated with arts education organisation Q-Art as part of their professional practice development, leading tours at Tate and establishing a student-led Crit Club launched by Q-Art Director Sarah Rowles.
In addition to producing publications and organising a public programme of events, Q-Art also delivers talks, workshops and works on specialist commissions and projects with individual institutions.
Mentored by the organisation, Marie Taylor and Amelia Webster set up their own Crit Club, as well as facilitating workshops titled 'Introduction to the Crit' for young people at Tate Modern as part of their work with The Sorrell Foundation's National Art&Design Saturday Club.
“Working with Q-Art has been truly inspiring. As undergraduate students, the opportunity to connect with industry has been fundamental in the Professional Practice element of our Painting, Drawing & Printmaking degree."
– Marie Taylor & Amelia Webster, BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing &Printmaking
Amelia and Marie fundraised and subsequently traveled to interview graduates in cities across Europe; including Plymouth, Glasgow, London and Berlin, about the challenges and opportunities of establishing art spaces after graduating.
Extracts of their findings can be found in the Q-Arts book 'Professional Practice: 20 Questions', and also featured on a flyer produced exclusively for fellow graduates as part of the Breaking Through Degree Show 2017.
Amelia and Marie went on to present their findings from the interviews and experience of the collaboration at Q-Art's Transitions Out of Art School Symposium at The Glasgow School of Art in June 2016.
Amelia and Marie were encouraged by their experience, saying, "With the mentoring and support from Q-Art in both collaborative projects and in our independent initiatives, we were able to experience the realities of working in the creative sector – so much so that, as we graduate this year, we have been motivated to start our own business, Inside Edge. We are looking forward to future collaborations with Q-Art.”
As winners of this years Principal Award for Enterprise and Innovation, Amelia and Marie have access to an incubator space and business mentoring for their start-up business Inside Edge.
Dr Stephen Felmingham, Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking is very positive about the partnership between the college and Q-Art:
"The collaboration between Q-Art and the Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme at Plymouth College of Art has evolved during the last three years to become a significant component of the offer we make our students in terms of professional and critical practice. It has enhanced entrepreneurial awareness, career management skills and student’s developing sense of themselves as practitioners."
"It has been an exemplar for the development of research-led curriculum, as a case study for research-led teaching and has led to new insights for the teaching of professional practice in art and design that we have been able to share with the wider sector."
"The invitation from Q-Art as a recognised partner organisation has offered an excellent and arguably unique opportunity for students to become involved in a significant project that will continue to have an impact on their future employability and the profile of the college."