Wallace Youth is the Wallace Collection’s youth panel, formed in October 2015, to encourage young people from the Westminster borough to have a voice within their local cultural institution. In this blog, written by the panel, discover what happened during their first year.
We are Wallace Youth, a group of young people aged 14-18 who meet monthly at the Wallace Collection to learn and develop new skills and help programme activities and events for other young people.
Since Wallace Youth was founded in October last year, we have gained many skills and had an immersive introduction to the works of the Museum.
First, we met the director (now former) of the Wallace Collection, Christoph Vogtherr, who explained the roles of the staff of the Collection and the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure everything operates smoothly in the museum.
We then began to learn more about the artworks in the Collection, through meeting curators and having talks on their favourite pieces. We’ve also been given many opportunities to learn new skills in the form of short courses and workshops.
We learnt how to use new methods to create art at a cyanotype printing workshop and got to take home our own personalised tote bag. In addition, we discovered the several elements such as lighting and aperture that go into taking professional and beautiful photographs. Being members of Wallace Youth has also allowed us to broaden our knowledge of art as several of us attended a Saturday art history course, in which we learned to decipher the hidden symbols in artworks with the help of Sara, on the Collection’s guide lecturers.
We are currently preparing independently to give talks on our favourite pieces in the Wallace Collection in order to give guided tours on the 29 October and are organising a private view of The Middle: Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection on 18 November for other young people.
We have also made two films about Tom and his exhibition, you can view them both below