In 2018, BRAG followed up its highly successful 2016 pilot program for youth audiences, Generation Art.
Nine Year 10 students from Mackillop College, St Stanislaus College, Denison College - Bathurst High Campus, Denison College - Kelso High Campus and All Saints College took part in the program and produced three digital films with the assistance of their artist mentors Henry Denyer-Simmons, Nicole Welch, Bridget Thomas and Donna Mathewson Mitchell.
The 14-week immersion in the Bathurst visual arts included a visit to Graham Lupp's studio, a talk by exhibiting artist Rachel Ellis, and culminated in a launch of three films, made by the students, to family, friends, teachers and VIPS.
Generation Art II mini documentary
In 2016, BRAG partnered with Australian Catholic University (ACU) on an innovative pilot program for youth audiences entitled Generation Art.
The program coordinators Dr Donna Mathewson Mitchell, ACU and Emma Hill, BRAG, invited eleven Year 10 students to engage in a fourteen week enrichment program specifically designed to immerse students in gallery operations and the gallery’s permanent collection.
Inspired by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s successful Satellite High School program, Generation Art has been specifically designed to build on and complement the current art experiences provided by secondary schools by reaching out and engaging youth audiences with BRAG, its collection and our local artists.
Generation Art extends Milwaukee’s program to include a research component. Programs such as these are rare trailblazers and especially important in developing the small body of existing research around arts based youth engagement strategies and aesthetic development.
Working with local artists and arts workers, students responded to the program through the creation of digital stories based on the permanent collection. These are their works:
Images courtesy of Henry Denyer-Simmons.