Sometimes the Sky's Too Bright
The Developing Dylan cross art-form workshops were intended for disaffected and disadvantaged young people aged 11-16 (Key Stages 3 & 4). Each workshop was run by a team of two different visual artists, musicians, performance poets and an actor, comprising a team of fourteen Welsh and Wales-based artists. The team of artists included Huw Aaron, whose cartoons regularly tickle the pages of Private Eye and Reader’s Digest, Martin Daws, an electrifying poet who’s also the current Young People’s Laureate of Wales and Rufus Mufasa, bilingual rapper, MC, singer songwriter, spoken-word poet, comedy writer and performer. To read more about the team of artists, click here.
The team of artists varied, making the content of each workshop and the work produced by the pupils original and unique. Dylan Thomas’ themes and texts were used as a starting point. The pupils then engaged with these through media of self-expression including visual art, creative writing, voice recording, music and animation, depending on the team leading the workshop. To get an idea of what was produced during the workshops you can click on the link below or check our Flickr account here.
The cross art-form workshops were closed sessions and were available free of charge for a limited amount of pre-selected schools throughout the 2013/2014 academic year.
“The pupils produced some really creative animations and we were delighted with the pupil response. The whole concept of the workshop is excellent and and has helped pupils with varying abilities engage with challenging subject matter with immediate and creative results!” – Hannah Penny, Art Department, Stanwell School