I have attended Skimstone Arts for almost seven years and during that time I have taken part in many opportunities. Growing up, I have always been interested in a range of different art forms and Skimstone Arts gives me the ability to explore some of them as well as to learn new skills in them. When I first joined, my main interest was photography and photo manipulation, such as using Photoshop for edition works. I made artwork for an event called Imitations, Limitations and Emulations, and using this art work, I achieved my Bronze Arts Award.
Furthermore, I contributed to a project called Louder Than Words which was a Youth Music funded project focusing on creating music about Young Peoples Rights. I decided to take advantage of my interest in creative writing and wrote a song called ‘All In My Head’. I presented the song to our Young Artists group and they insisted I was to sing the song as they saw that my vocals had potential. From that point, I began contributing to the production of our first album. Gradually, I became the lead singer and later the band leader of Reality Boots, a band formed by some of our Young Artists in 2013. All this contributed to my Silver Arts Award which I completed in 2014.
I have taken part in many other projects and exhibitions over time, including the Missing Project, A Natural Anthem, where I was a performer and singer. Reality Boots and I as the lead singer performed in multiple venues across the country, from the Sage in Gateshead, to an Arts Award expo In London. Lastly, I have been a keen piano player, teaching myself as much as I can. I also trained to be an Arts Award Assistant Advisor and produced a series of images for the Smokescreen exhibition which I also curated. This all contributed to my completion of the Gold Arts Award.
Reality Boots / Juice Festival
Louder Than Words / Juice Festival
A Natural Anthem
November Film Project
L.I.E (Limitations Imitations Emulations)