DoubleTake is a photograph based project that was devised and led by young apprentice, Bryony Graham as part of a two week intensive arts apprenticeship at Site Gallery. The project came out of Bryony’s experimentation with some of her creative interests: social photography, portraiture and digital imaging.
Bryony invited fellow apprentices, friends, family and people she had not met before to perform three facial expressions to camera that they felt strongly reflected their personality. She then chose sides of each portrait that she felt were particularly expressive or intriguing and used them to create a symmetrical composite portrait. The results are a weird and often comical mixture of faces and expressions that demand a double take.
DoubleTake and three other assignments undertaken by Bryony during her 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.
July 2010 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.