Arts Award qualification for exhibition project


Young people aged five to 11 who may struggle to access arts and culture can achieve an Arts Award thanks to a special project hosted by Lighthouse.

Working with Downlands School in Blandford and inspired by Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse, the first ever exhibition dedicated to Quentin Blake’s illustrations for poetry showing at Lighthouse until 6 January, the Arts Award will see the whole school, some 230 young people, visit Lighthouse over three days.

In a statement the school said: “Downlands Community School is proud to serve its unique community situated as it is in the middle of Blandford Camp. Children from services families experience high mobility so we look for opportunities to celebrate what Dorset has to offer, so this trip to Lighthouse Poole is a great addition to our school calendar, especially as it is focussed on the brilliant illustrations of Quentin Blake.”

Charles Shenton, Creative Engagement Producer at Lighthouse adds: “This is an opportunity for Lighthouse to extend its Arts Award remit and deliver arts-based activities to young people who would face barriers to accessing culture.”

The Downlands students will be at Lighthouse from 20 to 22 November following a study programme that follows the three-stage Arts Award Discover structure:

  • View some Art
  • Research the life and work of an artist
  • Tell others what you have learned

The activities will be based in the Gallery, Sherling Studio and Top Floor Gallery and having successfully completed the programme the young people will each receive a certificated Arts Award qualification.

Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse can be seen at Lighthouse until 6 January.