The Young Creatives Step into ARTifical Reality and Research Immersive Experiences

March 7, 2020
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TheYoung Creatives Project Student at Paint Park MK Gallery second cohort of The Young Creatives project deepened their engagement and participation in Milton Keynes’ Art Scene through attending MK Gallery’s ARTificial reality exhibition. The two groups, Radcliffe School’s MK After Dark and MK College’s Project One, along with their peers – who are not directly involved in the project – immersed themselves in the Paint Park Exhibition, as well as a tour of the MK Calling exhibit.

The two groups influenced and engaged other young people to experience art, most of which have never visited MK Gallery and are not studying creative subjects. The experience introduced and connected more young people to the rich arts culture in Milton Keynes and expanded their creative thinking skills through participation in the Vertigo VR experience, where students were able to create paintings in VR for Young painter of the Year.

The experience received lots of positive feedback, below is a selection of students’ comments about the trip.

Radcliffe Students’ Feedback

“I’ve learnt a lot about VR, it’s the future of painting”

“It’s my first time at MK gallery and I’ve really enjoyed everything we got to do here”

“I’ve learnt a lot about different styles of Art”

MK College Students’ Feedback

Monty Allison said:

“I’ve never used VR before, it was really interesting to see how you can use different mediums to create different art.”

Charlotte Willis studies Games design at MK College, she said:

“It helped me to redefine what a piece of art work should be. I think this will help me to explore a new way to apply art and creativity in the Gaming industry.”

The ARTificial Reality and Paint Park exhibition, by Alison Goodyear and the Vertigo VR experience, has inspired the young people to think more broadly about arts and creativity, and how they can apply that thinking to their daily lives.

The trip engaged 38 students from a combination of non-art backgrounds as well as students studying Games & Visual Effects and Art & Design, alongside The Young Creatives Cohort.

The Young Creatives project works to empower young people through creativity and is delivered in partnership with Artswork, MK Council and MAKE (MK Cultural Educational Partnership – led by Arts and Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes).

For further information about The Young Creative project or to register your interest in the next Cohort, please contact Michelle Lockwood: Michelle.Lockwood@mkcollege.ac.uk.

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