City of Ratz is a short film project that was led by young apprentice Billy Ellerby during a two week intensive arts apprenticeship at Site Gallery. Billy felt inspired to focus his project on film following an interview he conducted with short film maker and producer Rob Speranza early on in his apprenticeship. After seeing Rob’s 6 minute film ‘Into the woods’, Billy was keen to take on the challenge of learning to shoot and edit his own short film while exploring how camera work can effect narrative and atmosphere.
City of Ratz and three other assignments undertaken by Billy during his apprenticeship will be entered for a Bronze Arts Award qualification in autumn 2010. The Arts Award is a flexible, independent qualification set up by Trinity College London and the Arts Council England to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and achieve a national qualification.
Site Young Apprentice Scheme [SYAS] gives 14 to 21 year olds the opportunity to work more closely with the gallery on a variety of creative activities such as being part of the decision making process for commissioning new work.
In July 2010 the gallery piloted an intensive two week apprenticeship for eight young people [14 – 17] as a vocational extension of the SYAS. The pilot offered a practical insight into careers in the contemporary art sector through a range of exciting assignments and artists’ talks. Apprentices developed creative, media and workplace skills in a ‘real work’ style environment and led their own creative projects while working towards an Arts Award qualification and gaining a written reference outlining their achievements.
City of Ratz