BALTIC’s Learning team seeks to create unique and personal learning opportunities through first-hand experience of art and artists, designed to open minds, broaden knowledge, expand possibilities and challenge prejudices.
A total of 78,223 people actively took part in BALTIC Learning activities during 2015-16, both within BALTIC and offsite, through artist-led workshops, courses and projects as well as professional development, tours and audience development programmes.
BALTIC Stars: Supported by BBC Children in Need, each school term BALTIC engages two special needs schools or Additionally Resourced Provisions within the North East to work with an artist and the gallery.
Together they develop a bespoke and creative learning journey involving pupils and their families, which compliments curriculum learning, encourages aspirational thinking and encourages children and young people to explore their creativity and recognise their talent.
Brief: After seeing reportage photography I did of an event at BALTIC, I was invited by the BALTIC Learning team and the BALTIC Stars team to work with them on a regular basis.
My aim is always to convey just how engaged, excited and capable these children are. And not surprisingly, this is a very rewarding experience for me as a photographer.
It’s human and the difference these projects are making to the life opportunities for the children, and the attitudes of everyone around them, is astounding.
Working with these children and the BALTIC serves as a constant and heartwarming reminder that we must never underestimate anyone, especially not children.
BALTIC Learning www.balticmill.com/learn