Youth forum weaves creative activities for young people

27 March 2014

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums new Youth Forum is set to deliver its first-ever event for young people on Friday 11 April.

The Youth Forum was launched in January [2014] with the aim of increasing young people's involvement in the art gallery through consultation and public engagement.

The group meet regularly to help shape a programme of events and opportunities for other young people, lead tours, meet artists and get creative.

Youth Forum member Carmel Wilkinson-Ayre said: "Coming together as a group with a shared passion for art and education is fantastic as it offers us lots of different opportunities. With many plans and boundless ideas, we hope to provide Aberdeen's young people with an exciting and attractive new form of events, which aim to promote creative engagement."

Members of the group, aged from 16 to 23 years-old, have been busy developing their ideas for an activity packed Easter holiday event at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Woven through Time has been inspired by the hugely popular exhibition The Great Tapestry of Scotland, and supported by gallery colleagues and artist Kelly McMeekin; the group have created three exciting, hands-on activities for young people aged 14-24 years.

The afternoon of creative activities will include:

  • Knot & Natter: Contribute to creating a unique piece of fabric while enjoying an opportunity to meet other young people. Learn how to combine traditional textile techniques & modern materials to create something beautiful and bespoke;
  • Ripped & Pasted: Your voice is personal, creative and unique. Express your stories, ideas and dreams through vibrant collage. Rip, cut, trim, paste and splatter a striking personal design;
  • React Rethink Recreate: Try your hand at re-mastering a masterpiece. Imagine one section of the tapestry as a piece of quirky contemporary art and transform the 2D into 3D or translate the images into written words - it's up to you.

Young people aged from 14-24 years are invited to drop-in to this free event anytime between 1.30pm-3.30pm on Friday 11 April. No booking required. These classes are suitable for all levels of ability.

For more information contact Anna Shortland, informal learning officer, Aberdeen Art Gallery, tel (01224) 337710 or email