[T]EN learners from Nacro based at Carlisle Youth Zone have been presented with Bronze Arts Awards beside a sculpture they helped to create – Marble Run: River, at Inn on the Lake Hotel, Glenridding.
The opportunity to work towards the Bronze Art Award was part of an Eden Rivers Trust project working with groups in communities affected by the winter 2015 storms and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Over the last couple of months, Nacro learners worked with artists Charlie Whinney and Nick Greenall at Carlisle Youth Zone to create Marble Run: River a wooden kinetic sculpture that mirrors river processes linked to natural river flood management.
As well as learning practical wood-working techniques and understanding the science behind natural river processes, the young people were encouraged to explore their creative sides and build up a portfolio to gain their Bronze Arts Award.
Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills.
Open to anyone aged up to 25, Arts Award embraces all interests and backgrounds. Through working towards an award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.
Nick Greenall, artist who supported the learners to achieve the award said: “It was great for Inspira to be able to deliver Bronze Arts Award to the Nacro learners, as it is a great way to recognise and celebrate young people’s achievements.
“The Arts Award offered a really flexible structure for the learners to follow. I particularly enjoy the part when they have to ‘pass on a skill’, it makes the learners plan and break down a task, before delivering it to others-it reinforces their own learning. The learners have done really well and should be proud of themselves.”
Jo Spencer, Strategic Director, Eden Rivers Trust said: “Eden Rivers Trust have been delighted to work again in partnership with Nacro. We have been so impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the learners involved in the project who helped create this amazing sculpture.
“The learners’ ideas and hard work has made the project possible and it has been wonderful to be able to share what they created with the wider public. We were keen to offer a nationally recognised qualification such as Arts Award to acknowledge and celebrate the young people’s achievements.”
Christopher Morgan, Assistant Principal, Nacro said: “It has been truly inspiring to have taken part in such a positive and fulfilling activity with the Eden Rivers Trust, following the awful impact the 2015 floods had upon communities in Cumbria, and Nacro education services in Carlisle.
“Everyone that has taken part has loved being part of the project and our students have gained excellent experience and skills to further their careers.”
Marble Run: River was a collaboration between Eden Rivers Trust, Nacro, Carlisle Youth Zone, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and the artists.