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Fermynwoods Contemporary Art



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This publication by Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts collates a range of artists lead complementary education workshops as part of their pedagogical programme. Over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year, 18 Key Stage 3 students from The CE Academy attended a total of 77 artist led workshops with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art.

The CE Academy provides alternative education for young people who are permanently excluded from school, dual registered and for school age mothers.

To be an artist is often to be an outsider, and now in our eighth year, we have watched how young people who have been excluded find it easier to establish a rapport with our artists. They have an ability to connect with young people partly because they are not mainstream, but primarily because they have a passion for their practice that engages, enthuses and in many cases ignites in young people a desire to learn that has lain dormant for a long time.


The publication introduces each artist, their workshop, the rationale underpinning it and the outcomes from the session, all supported with photographic documentation. The book also outlines how the workshops are evaluated using a variety of factors built into a star system of 10 indicators as well as more traditional evaluation eg analysing documentation, physical outputs, narratives and feedback forms. Louise Clarke encouraged students to take a playful and experimental approach to mould making, using plaster to create small objects and sculptural forms. The emphasis was upon discovery through making rather than designing an outcome. By deliberately working with materials from the beginning, rather by planning and designing, students learned to challenge and question through manual dexterity.


Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Complementary Education, Artist Educator, Exclusion, Outreach, Art Education, Drawing, Casting, Model, Alternative Education, Pedagogy, The CE Academy


Clarke, L. (2016). The CE Academy. Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, p.56-59.


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