Earlier this week I was at The Photographers’ Gallery for their Symposium: Youth-led Programming, presenting about Art on The Underground’s Clay Station Traineeship that I set up and ran in 2017. I was joined by trainee Abigail Holsborough to get her perspective on the project. We were part of the first group of speakers focusing on Behind the Scenes Programming which included speakers Aleema Gray from the National Maritime Museum and Rio Blake Youth Trustee at The Photographers’ Gallery. This was followed by a panel discussion covering tokenism, institutional change, barriers, and paying young people. Three more sets of speakers then focused on Public Facing Programming along with a second panel discussion. It was a fantastic turn out of arts educators and young people interested in engaging with museums and galleries, including one of my old Youth Forum members from the National Portrait Gallery.
You can watch the symposium here (Abigail and I are the first speakers).