Psychology and giant swans

No sausage-mill content. No rag-rolled training room. No suits. This was a course for artists working with young people. When I work with schools for the ideas Foundation, it’s as someone from industry. So offered a place on a course looking at the behavioural end of creative workshops with young people, I’d jumped at the chance.

Gordon Sturrock’s course equipped me with a better understanding of the transactions that go on in a workshop – or a project.

And the huge treat was being at street arts company Emergency Exit Arts (Thank you, Chloe), where every shelf was crammed with possibility. With most of my working life spent at a screen, it was utter joy to step out into a wonderland of shiny bits of elephant, giant swans with leopard-print driving seats and armatures that enormous wings would fly from.

Among my fellow students were visual artists, play workers, someone from a national museum, a social entrepreneur, a musician, a poet and a clown. That’s my kind of training.

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