Posted: Friday 27 April 2012
Tuesday 27 March saw the culmination of an exciting education project based around the Bill Viola exhibition, which showed at the Dick Institute at the end of 2011. East Ayrshire Council's Deputy Chief Executive Elizabeth Morton awarded each of the schools and the college group who took part in the workshops, with a presentation pack containing the filmed works created by the groups.
Four ground breaking workshops were offered to schools and groups as part of the Bill Viola Exhibition Learning Programme. The Bill Viola exhibition, part of ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with the Art Fund, has been devised to enable the collection to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.
Three East Ayrshire schools and Kilmarnock College worked with artists and the Cultural and Countryside Arts Development team to each create a challenging and unique piece of work which were then presented to an invited audience and filmed to create the presentation pack. The presentation packs were also supplied to Tate and National Galleries Scotland as well as to Anthony D'Offay who devised the ARTIST ROOMS concept and provided many of the works from his own collections.
Grange Academy, Kilmarnock Academy, Park School and Kilmarnock College were inspired by the themes of life, birth, death, ritual and emotion which are explored in Bill Viola's work. At the presentation the DVD was viewed by the audience, the first time the groups had seen their own work presented. The informal award ceremony gave the groups the chance to meet and discuss the project over refreshments and after the viewing they were each presented with a copy of the specially created disc.
Deputy Chief Executive Elizabeth Morton was extremely impressed with the quality of work on display. She warmly congratulated the various groups on the intricate presentations which are all the more extraordinary given they were created in only six weeks with pupils and students working in two hourly slots per week.
Chris MacKenzie, Art Lecturer at Kilmarnock College, said: "Being part of the Bill Viola exhibition is a unique opportunity for the students of Kilmarnock College specialising in art.
"The learning workshops were a once in a life time opportunity to be a part of the world's leading figure in contemporary video art. The education project was truly inspirational and a fantastic learning experience for the students."
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The Bill Viola exhibition is part of ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with the Art Fund. The initiative has been devised to enable this collection created by Anthony d'Offay in 2008 and held by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.