Holly has been working with Dundee Contemporary Arts on a couple of projects, and it seems Autumn is the time to share them!
Firstly, she interviewed Sarah Derrick, Head of Learning, about the development of the learning programme at DCA over the course of 20 years. This article has been published by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education:
43: Profession and Practice
Talking About Art
Secondly, Holly ran a project at DCA earlier this year exploring the impact of the Create Space on family learning. The full report is now available here: Talking About Art Full Report
Thanks to all participating families!
And finally, Holly will give a short presentation on Talking About Art at this year’s Engage Conference in Newcastle, as part of the Soapbox session on 5th November, sharing her findings with gallery and museum staff from the UK and beyond.
Unlocking Culture: an entitlement for children and young people
TALKING ABOUT ART
We are looking for volunteer families* to explore, draw, and discuss art.
At a loss for words when you look at art?
Or do you always know what to say?
How can galleries help us find our voice?
As part of the long term project Art at the Start, University of Dundee is partnering with Dundee Contemporary Arts Learning Programme to explore what happens when families view and make art together. The Talking About Art project will research how families use the self-led activities at DCA. The researcher, Holly Rumble, aims to determine how these activities impact on family engagement with the visual art exhibitions.
Holly will lead the sessions, which last for 45 minutes, and take place in early 2019.
Sessions in January and February will look at the work of Lorna Macintyre
Sessions in late March and April will look at the work of David Austen
We will provide refreshments and a small gift to thank you for your time.
For an information sheet please click here: Adult information sheet
If you have any questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*(with at least one child under 16)
Thanks for reading!
The Art at the Start team are taking part in some of the events at DCA’s Discovery Film Festival over the next two weeks.
Vicky will be running a sensory workshop after the Shorts for Wee ones screening on Sunday the 27th. We will be creating some beautiful scenery from the films- going underwater with sensory play, making a sky complete with clouds, planes and birds, and building a city full of cardboard box sky scrapers. The films themselves are lovely and will be enjoyed by families with small children. For more information and to book have a look on their website
This week Vicky and Holly joined the team from DCA at “Picnic in the Park” trying out some mono printing with all the families who came along to enjoy the lovely sunshine in Baxter park and take part in the activities. We were so impressed by how creative all the children who joined in were, using jelly plates to mono print with leaves and wooden stamps.
We are really pleased to welcome Holly Rumble to the Art at the Start team this month. Holly won our Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Studentship to join us as for 4 years as a graduate student in Psychology. She will be working closely with the DCA to look at how we can measure the impact of art experiences upon families with young children.
Holly Rumble – artist educator and SGSSS PhD student
“I joined the University of Dundee in September 2018, to undertake an MSc in Psychological Research Methods before commencing PhD research in 2019. I have almost fifteen years experience as a practicing artist, focusing on intergenerational participation. My projects have taken me around the world, working with groups in Finland, Japan and Hong Kong. From 2015-2018 I worked as Public Engagement Coordinator for Tramway, Glasgow, beginning with the public participation programme for Turner Prize 2015. My interests lie in the power of arts participation to increase confidence, wellbeing and literacy. In 2017 I was awarded the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education for my work with families at Tramway. I am looking forward to working with Dundee Contemporary Arts to measure the long term impact of their family participation programme.”
We’ve been busy offering creative opportunities to little ones and their big people at Fesitivals this summer.
In July we were under the sea at Deershed Festival http://deershedfestival.com/
and in August we were at Belladrum making animals in the Indian Jungle http://www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/
We had a great time meeting lots of families and bringing some relaxing and creative time to their festival experiences with a mixture of messy crafts and sensory play.
Our next post will explain how to make the cool blue rice you can see in our ocean sensory tray.
We have a fully funded PhD available with our project, looking at the impact of arts in the early years. This PhD is funded by the SGSSS and can be 3 years or 1+3. Deadline for applications 7th May 2018.
Welcome to the Art at the Start site. We are based at The University of Dundee and are looking at the social and developmental impact of engagement with arts by children and their parents/carers in the early years. We will post ideas for parents to try out at home and our research as we go.