YAP welcomes you to Youvil...

 SPAEDA (Somerset Arts Education Partnership), Somerset Art Works and the Young Art Promoters (YAP) invited the public to get stuck in as part of Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios festival 2010 and enjoy sharing in young people’s creativity


This year, The Octagon Theatre was transformed in to a hub for young people’s creativity showcasing a series of inspirational exhibitions.

Commissioned artist Nina Wyllie worked on a series of creative workshops with the Young Art Promoters (YAP) to bring the public the parallel reality of Youvil – a town created by the people for the people. Guided by a map and task based instructions YAP invited you to play your part in this fictitious town; questioning and revealing the true lives of those who move through Yeovil. To discover what YAP got up to go to Artist and YAP concept.

Also embedded in Youvil, were two additional exhibitions highlighting the creative talents of children and young people in Somerset.

Somerset Rural Youth Project, as part of Somerset Art Work’s Making Matters, presented a selection of photographs. The images were the result of a workshop that took place at Carymoor Environmental Centre, where young and older generations worked together, learning new skills and exploring how to capture the ‘essence’ of a place through photography.

Also on offer a signpost show highlighting work from local schools and colleges; including Yeovil College, Westfield Community School, Fiveways School and the following Art Weeks venues: King’s College Taunton, Bruton School for Girls and Blue School. This was a fantastic opportunity for schools to build stronger links with their local cultural centre and to showcase the great work that’s been happening in local schools and colleges.

This exhibition was possible thanks to the support of the Octagon Theatre and Somerset County Council Youth Sector Grants who funded this project.

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