London is populated with small, but very exciting gallery spaces. Many of these also have youth groups, actively working to get young people thinking about art and to encourage young people to get involved in all of the projects and exhibitions which are going on throughout the city. We at Chocolate Films are very lucky to work with a lot of these groups on a whole range of projects all year round.
One gallery that we are incredibly proud to have been working with closely recently is the October Gallery in Holborn. This little gallery is home to one of the most active and engaged youth groups that we’ve come across in any gallery in London. Run by Georgie Fay, with help from artist facilitator Rebecca Snow the group meets weekly at October Gallery where they “discuss current art projects, as well as visiting other local museums and galleries to further our understanding of contemporary art and exhibitions”.
Since 2015 we’ve conducted 3, one day filmmaking workshops with the group comprised of young people from around London, with a large contingent coming from Hampstead School’s Media Collective. Across these workshops we’ve made films to not only advertise the group but also to explore the ideas from the artwork in the gallery. We’ve worked with the young people to help improve on the skills that they may have learnt in school as well, helping to teach filmmaking techniques such as time lapses, shot variations and editing trickery!
Last Friday, our filmmaker Reece, who has worked closely with the group on all the workshops the far, was invited to Hampstead School to the Media collective’s “Paper Plates Awards.” It was very exciting for us to go along and celebrate some of the great work that the group have done both inside and outside of the workshops.
We’re incredibly proud to see how the group have developed and continue to develop and cannot wait until the next workshops later this year!
For more information on the weekly workshop, click here.