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Young Curators: Saints and Sinners

Introduction: Ghislaine Kenyon, Head of Learning

Learning at Somerset House and Eastside Young Leaders' Academy collaborated in this week-long curating summer school. The aim of the summer school was for the boys to create and upload their own online exhibition based on works from the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery. EYLA is a leadership development organisation for African Caribbean boys, which nurtures their leadership skills, helping them to improve the quality of their lives so that they can become productive citizens.

Eight boys aged between 11 and 14 met key gallery staff and selected the works for the exhibition on the theme of Saints and Sinners. They then researched and wrote the accompanying web-texts. As well as the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery the boys visited Tate Modern to look at Surrealist paintings, and on one afternoon they were joined by world-famous illustrator Quentin Blake who discussed with them some of his own curating projects.

Ghislaine Kenyon, Head of Learning

Course tutors: Leslie Primo, National Gallery, and Susan Sheddan, Courtauld Institute of Art

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