Extreme Art School launches in Aberdeen

Following the success of Transition Extreme’s flagship youth programme, the Alternative Academy, in helping young people to move into further education, employment or training, an Extreme Art School is being launched.

Professor Chris O'NeilThe 10 week community arts programme which starts on Monday (April 27) is a joint collaboration between Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Transition Extreme and is designed for up to 12 young people aged 16 – 21 who are not in education, training or employment and have an interest in a career in art, design or media.

Almost 200 youngsters have benefited from the innovative and award winning Alternative Academy since it was launched three years ago by the extreme sports centre having been developed with RGU’s School of Health Sciences under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

The Extreme Art School aims to replicate that success by providing strong art and design skills and embedding a lasting passion for creativity in participants who will have the opportunity to work under the guidance of professional artists and designers, work collaboratively on projects, and exhibit their work.

Extreme Art School will focus on assisting participants to build an arts portfolio to help them access creative industries and/or further education. They will also gain a real insight to student life during the course and will enjoy associate student status.

Along with Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Cultures Team, John Lewis Partnership, The National Lottery, 17 and a number of community arts organisations and artists, RGU is supporting this programme as part of its ongoing commitment to promotion of northern arts and culture, civic engagement and developing new means of widening access into further and higher education. It is seen as strategically aligned to the university’s ACCESS RGU aims.

Grahame Paterson, CEO of Transition Extreme, said:

Quote marks“Our partnership with RGU and Gray’s means that together we have the resources, knowledge and commitment necessary to promote the development of young people interested in the creative arts and assist them in making positive life transitions into adulthood.”

Chris O’Neil, Head of School at Gray’s, said: “Transition Extreme understands how sport and street culture are vital elements for our youth as they grow and define themselves.

Quote marks“At Gray’s, we know the value of street culture and how it impacts upon the fashion, film, games and other industries. Together, we are creating opportunities for Aberdeen’s youth to experiment, learn and engage in their passions through the disciplined study we offer. 

Quote marks“We’re doing this because talented and motivated people are everywhere – we want to find them and we want them to change their own and our worlds.”

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Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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