Following on from the launch of its latest exhibition ‘The Red Room’, Paxton House is looking for youngsters on both sides of the Border to get creative.
The exhibition features specially selected pieces of work from artist Robert Therrien to correspond with the contents of Paxton House and in his honour, staff at the famous mansion have created their very own Red Room which was revealed last week.
The plan is that everyone who goes along to see Therrien’s acclaimed pieces brings something red along with them to leave in the room, along with a little insight into the reasoning behind their choice of object.
And taking things further, Paxton House curator Martha Andrews ,in collaboration with The Maltings Education and Community Development Worker Ross Graham and youth mentor Charlotte Holdsworth, is inviting any one 14-25 years old with an interest in the artists to get involved and effectively make the space their own.
The Youth Arts Mentor Scheme has already attracted the interest of a number of artists from the Borders and north Northumberland including Selkirk visual artist Cheryl James, who is keen to do workshops connected with silhouettes.
And its not just budding painters and photographers that Martha and her team are hoping to attract.
“We want young people to come and make the exhibition their own,” Martha commented.
“We have resources available for music, drama and dance so maybe a band wants to film one of their performances or perform in one of our galleries.
“Obviously we will assist them but I very much want them to curate their own exhibition.
“We are also looking for young people to act as guides to take visitors around the collection of the Robert Therrien work on display.
“Normally his type of work is seen in white walled galleries; this is the first time it’s been hung in a place like Paxton House.”
Therrien is known for his large installations such as a giant table and chairs and stacks of huge plates but unfortunately they couldn’t fit through the door at Paxton so instead his illustrations adorn the walls.
The Youth Arts Mentor Scheme is planned to last all summer, providing creative opportunities for school pupils looking for something to do during the school holidays or school leavers who want to do something creative after their exams.
“It is something that will be very good on young people’s CVs,” Martha added
“It’s not very often you can say you’ve organised your own exhibition. I’m really hoping they’ll take inspiration from the Thierrien work.”
Any youngsters wanting to get involved in the Youth Arts Mentor Scheme should email Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.