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Jack Petchey Start Programme

300 secondary school students from seven Enfield schools have spent the past academic year participating in the exciting Jack Petchey Start programme for schools, created by Children & the Arts with support from The Jack Petchey Foundation and the Saatchi Gallery.

The project culminated in the creation of a series of films inspired by the current exhibition Pangaea II, which were screened at the finale event on Friday 10th July here at the Gallery. The students' work was exhibited alongside international artists. Students also gave tours to members of the public, giving them a chance to discuss the pieces they have worked hard to create.

The Jack Petchey Start programme aims to introduce contemporary art to students in a way that is inspiring, engaging and challenging. The students have been equipped with the tools they need to explore and interpret the art at the Saatchi Gallery. Through expert guidance they have gained the confidence to create artwork and have it displayed in a museum-scale environment. Students visited the Gallery several times over the academic year for an artist talk and artist-led workshops, as well as working with the artists in school.

Founder of the Foundation, Jack Petchey CBE, is delighted with how the programme has gone:
"We are very proud to be investing in a programme that helps young people engage with the arts. We have been delighted to hear how the programme has inspired young interest and talent. At the Foundation, we want to inspire young people to achieve more. The opportunity to meet with professional artists, hear how they have created their pieces, and then have the space to create their own artwork for display on the same gallery walls must be truly inspiring."

A huge thank you to the artists Jack Brown (lead artist), Charlotte Young, Maru Rojas, Ella Mary and Sara Byers, to all of the students and teachers that took part in the project and to the Jack Petchey Foundation and Children & the Arts for making it possible.

A public screening of work also took place at the Dugdale Theatre, London Road, Enfield on Saturday 11th.

The students' films were subsequently displayed in the Education Gallery from 20th-30th July.

Art Teacher CPD workshop

A group of 12 Art Teachers from Haberdashers' Aske's Federation of three schools came to the Saatchi Gallery in April for a workshop with Artist and Educator Ella Medley-Whitfield.

The workshop was aimed at encouraging new ways of working with a contemporary collection, focusing on KS3-5.

The teachers became the students and were introduced to different ways of exploring and interpreting art in the gallery space, inciting interesting dialogues and debates between themselves, Ella and the Saatchi Education team.

The session also included a tour of the exhibition, followed by the creation of a large-scale collaborative artwork inspired by artists Alejandro Ospina and Federico Herrero, both of whom feature in the current exhibition Pangaea II. The main inspiration was the internet and the contemporary interests of the focus age group- and how we can use these in art-making.

It was a very successful day which left everyone with plenty of food for thought! If you are interested in organising a similar workshop for Art Teachers please email Workshops can be tailored to curriculum and school needs.

The Saatchi Gallery is delighted to announce a new partnership with Jack Petchey Foundation and The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts to work on the Start Programme. This exciting project gives students between the ages of 11 and 18 the opportunity to explore the Saatchi Gallery's cutting edge contemporary art, hear exhibiting artists talk about their work and life, and partner up with professional artists to create their own video art inspired by what they have seen at the Gallery. The project culminates in a student exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in July 2015.

You can find out more and keep up to date on our project blog

The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts once again supported the Saatchi Gallery and artist Jack Brown in creating a project called 'Putting Things Together' with a group of students form Northumberland Park Community School in Tottenham. The project culminated in an exhibition in the Education Gallery. You can find out more on the project blog here

Olga Primary School worked on football and the world cup at school and they created their own flags in our Education Room.

During Half Term the Education Room at the Saatchi Gallery was filled with families and young people taking part in our workshops. They all had a great time making their very own Messy African Masks.

In preparation for the Chelsea Festival in October, groups of Year 4 and 5 pupils from Marlborough Primary School and Christchurch have been gaining inspiraton for their exhibtion to be displayed in the Education Gallery.

During the Summer Holidays the Saatchi Gallery welcomed St Vincent's Family Project Summer Art Group. An exhibition of their work is on display in the Education Room.

In April the Saatchi Gallery held a free painting course for young people aged 14 -16

During Half Term the Education Room at the Saatchi Gallery was filled with families and young people taking part in our workshops, interactive tours and activities. A highlight was our Big Draw event 'Faces into Focus', some photos of the fun we had are below.

Last summer, the Saatchi Gallery held 'Pieces For Peace' workshops on Wednesday afternoons. Participants were given the chance to create their own image of peace that then formed part of a running peace wall in London. It was a global project, created by CITYarts, which engaged over 5,500 young people from over 62 countries worldwide.

As part of this project a Peace Wall mural was created in Hackney between July and September. For more information visit

Below you can see images of the travelling exhibition that was displayed in the Education Gallery on Level 2 and in the Education Room on the Ground Floor Level at the Saatchi Gallery.


Gesamkunstwerk: New Art From Germany was the inspiration for an innovative musical collaboration between The Purcell School and Queenswood school. The project was called Musikkunstwerk, both schools selected talented young composers to compose music inspired by the art in Gesamkunstwerk. The students produced music that reflected, commented on and even reacted against the art that they selected as inspiration.

British conductor James Ross directed the young composers and comments: 'The composers have succeeded in taking radically different approaches to their chosen art works. The Saatchi Gallery's Gesamkunstwerk Exhibition shows the rich and diverse range of contemporary German art; the composers' responses are an equally fascinating tribute to the creativity of today's leading young musicians.'

On the 22nd February the students performed their compositions in front of a live audience at the Saatchi Gallery.

Photographs by Martin Weiss


Becoming Oscar Murillo

Inspired by the work of Oscar Murillo, the students made their own work of art using dirt and packaging while reflecting on how food defines who we are.


Boxed In

Everyone was excited about the Royal dress...well I have made a Royal mess

Artists and Photographer Valeria Amadei led a workshop with Sixth Form pupils from Bishop Ramsey. The pupils made collages inspired by the work of Kirstine Roepstorff and were challenged to come up with a humorous title for their works.

Monika Waraxa and Kuba Budzynski from Pulp Studio: interactive sculpture workshops, came to give a free workshop to the students of Hall School, Wimbledon. The pupils worked with the sculptures of David Batchelor and Bjorn Dahlem to create their own imaginative variations.


The artist Tom de Freston and the poet Kiran Millwood Hargrave ran a series of workshops with the exhibition' The Shape of Things to Come' at the Saatchi gallery. School children were given a unique opportunity to explore Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' within the context of the exhibition. Working throughout the gallery and the education centre children made paintings and collages as well as engaging with the exhibition and text through physical theatre, group discussion and creative writing.

Tom de Freston has been awarded the Leverhulme Artist in Residence position at Cambridge University, a position previously held by Ruth Padel. De Freston is also the current Artist in Resident at the Leys School, and lectures and supervises in the History of Art faculty, Cambridge University. In January 2011 his two year project with Christ's College Chapel culminated in the unveiling of two large scale site specific paintings situated in the gold frames behind the altar. The publication which accompanies this show sees contributions on de Freston's work by Sir Nicholas Serota and Rowan Williams, amongst others. This is the latest in a series of monographs on his work over the past two years. His work and these publications can be seen at

Kiran Millwood-Hargrave is a Cambridge graduate and a poet and writer. She is currently working on a body of poems for the British Shakespeare Association (BSA) with Tom de Freston. These will be shown at the BSA annual conference in September 2011. She has also edited a collection of poems, 'Ekphrasis', which John Mole called 'a fascinating anthology'. Millwood-Hargrave has recently completed a research project on the use of visual art in the teaching of Shakespeare.


Students from Bewdley School visited the Saatchi Gallery and participated in a workshop in the Education Room, after seeing the exhibition Newspeak. Led by artist Julie Beech, they created salt dough sculptures inspired by the artist Jonathan Baldock.

by Jonathan Baldock


Year 7 pupils from Barrow Hills School visited the Saatchi Gallery in February. After seeing the exhibition Abstract America they created collaborative art works inspired by the artists Ryan Johnson and Guerra de la Paz from recycled materials

Works in the exhibition Abstract America
Works by pupils from Barrow Hills School


Students from Prospect House, aged 8-9 years old, visited the Saatchi Gallery in March 2010 and participated in a workshop in the Education Room, after seeing the exhibition The Empire Strikes Back. Led by artist Julie Beech, they created a collaborative piece inspired by the artist Huma Bhabha.


Students from Ravensbourne School , aged 15-16 years old, visited the Saatchi Gallery in March 2010 and participated in a workshop in the Education Room, after seeing the exhibition The Empire Strikes Back. Led by artist Julie Beech, they created collaborative pieces inspired by the artist Subodh Gupta.



Highgate Wood School had an open day at school for prospective new parents and students. During the open evening, students created tyre tracks in paint across paper as a response to the work Greeting Card 10a by artist Aaron Young. Greeting Card 10a is currently being exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture.


Channing School visited the gallery and participated in a workshop in the Saatchi Gallery Education Room, using Chinese ink, drawings and thick card


The Holy Trinity Art Club at the Saatchi Gallery was formed in October 2009 to provide pupils at Holy Trinity with an opportunity to visit the Saatchi Gallery, learn about works being exhibited and create their own art. It takes place once a week and is organized by Deborah Lloyd from Holy Trinity School


Upton House School visited the Saatchi Gallery and students created sculptures inspired by Agathe Snow's works in Gallery 1, made from recycled everyday items.


Brynmawr School students in the Saatchi Gallery Education Room creating works using acrylic paint, palette knives and masking tape. These works were inspired by the artist Kristin Baker and her work 'Raft of Perseus' currently showing in Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture.


An educational workshop was held at the Saatchi Gallery on Friday, July 17th to coincide with our current exhibit Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture. Students from Seven Kings High School visited the gallery and created their own works of abstract art, inspired by sculptures by Agathe Snow, from recycled products.


Garden House School students created a series of individual panels, composed of drawings, paintings and prints, depicting many aspects of life at the Royal Hospital including the buildings, the grounds and the Chelsea pensioners. Themed on the new Infirmary building, these individual 'bricks' were produced by children from ages 3 to 10 yrs old. Two of the works were donated to the Royal Hospital after showing in the Education Room of the Saatchi Gallery. The rest were sold in a silent auction to raise funds for the Royal Hospital.

Saatchi Gallery Kids Day

The Revolution  Continues: New Chinese Art
The Saatchi Gallery Kids Day was held on Saturday 22nd November. All young visitors received a free picture by picture guide and a postcard to help them enjoy their gallery visit. The guide introduced the themes of the The Revolution Continues: New Art From China exhibition.

When they came to the gallery, visitors had the chance to view the newest Chinese art including an entire city constructed out of dog chews, a 3-headed monster constructed out of cow bones and a gigantic head made of ashes.

Debut Workshop for Young Artists

The Revolution  Continues: New Chinese Art
The gallery organized an interactive workshop and talk featuring the artist Wu Shanzhuan's graffiti inspired paintings on Saturday November 22nd. Visitors learnt how his work was inspired by political pop and expressivism in Contemporary Chinese art and what the parallels are to street and graffiti art in the West.

After the talk they had the chance to create their own graffiti inspired mural at the studio in the gallery's education room.



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