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An Eye on Inspiration

24 Nov 2008

A group of young artists capture the city from a whole new perspective with a visit to The London Eye.


Chisenhale Young Artist’s Group is part of the Education Program of Chisenhale Art Place, an art education charity in a culturally diverse and financially disadvantaged part of Tower Hamlets. The Artist run group is now in its third year of providing local teenagers with a positive environment to develop their creativity, while enriching their lives through developing their personal skills.

Meeting at Chisenhale Art Place’s education studio on the Hertford Union Canal in Bow, for weekly after school sessions, the group is currently running a 12 week project - Art and the City – with painter and printmaker Kate Hardy, and sculptor Kevin Harrison, which aims to link young people from local secondary schools with their city.

The current project is attended by a core group of twenty five young people from four local secondary schools; St Paul's Way Community School, Sir John Cass School, Morpeth School and Raines Foundation. They have taken part in two recent projects and are eager to develop their involvement in art. One member of the group, Louis Strong (17) said of the program “I like the art group because it lets us be creative and make things that we couldn't make otherwise. And the artists make it really fun.”

To inspire their artistic engagement with London, students are being treated to an Artist’s Eye view of their city, with two rotations on The London Eye. Drawing and painting 135 metres above London, they will have the opportunity to see the city from a new perspective and will use their findings to develop their final pieces.

The “Art in The City” course is running from 13 November and will culminate in February with an exhibition of the young people’s paintings and sculptures inspired by their city.

Some pieces will also be exhibited in the London Eye ticket office.

As well as two rotations on the big wheel, the London Eye has also donated £1000 to the program, providing a new round of sessions and covering expenses for the group’s forthcoming exhibition. "The London Eye has been such an inspiration to so many people since opening in March 2000, especially to all of us working here. We are delighted to offer it to Chisenhale Young Artist’s Group and give them the opportunity to capture the breathtaking views of the capital from this unique and ever changing perspective." David Sharpe (Divisional Director for Merlin's London Attractions)

The present 12 week ‘Art and the City’ project has been made possible by the financial support of Chisenhale Art Place, The Jack Petchey Foundation and The London Eye. The group are always seeking funds for current and future projects to continue their work in building on the two strands of diversity and art, in order to enrich the life of the whole community.

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