Lilliput, S1 is a photo-based project that was led by young apprentice Lucy Radcliffe during a two week intensive arts apprenticeship at Site Gallery. The theme was inspired by the Little People Project created by artist, Slinkachu, in which tiny plastic model train figures were photographed in inner city London with their own staged narratives.
Having chosen the challenge of improving her photography skills as part of her apprenticeship, Lucy decided to concentrate on close up work using Slinkachu’s idea of staging miniatures and creating narratives while responding to her own environment.
Lilliput, S1 and three other assignments undertaken by Lucy 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.
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.