Artists widen horizons

School pupils are contributing to an event at the International Festival as part of one of the University’s widening participation projects.

The pupils will play a key role in a sculpture-making workshop led by Professor Chris Speed of Edinburgh College of Art.

The students from Edinburgh’s Forrester High School are taking part in a scheme called Access to Creative Education Scotland (ACES).

The scheme encourages pupils with an interest in art, and from low progression schools, to consider applying to art and design courses at university.

It offers a range of opportunities for students to develop their portfolios, familiarise themselves with university life and get hands-on experience with creative projects.

During this week-long workshop, the pupils will take part in Professor Speed’s innovative game of Chinese whispers.

They will use a 3D printer to modify an existing work of art over the course of seven days.

Success story

The project started in ECA in 2011 and has developed since the merger with the University two years ago.

This is the second year ACES pupils have participated in a festival event and organisers in Student Recruitment and Admissions hope this fruitful partnership continues.

We are delighted with the support the ACES project receives from ECA staff. The project has developed year on year and we are delighted that it has recently received a further three years funding via the Scottish Funding Council. Students who took part in our ACES summer school programme last year are now holding places to start courses in fashion, photography and product design – so we know the project is worthwhile for pupils and staff alike.

Kathleen HoodHead of Widening Participation

Year-round scheme

As well as summer schools, ACES workshops also take place weekly throughout the academic year.

Pupils work with a mix of academic staff, notable alumni - including Rachel Elliott, an ECA alumni in Glass who has exhibited internationally and at the museum of Scotland's World Glass Retrospective Exhibition- and external organisations such as the National Museum of Scotland.

ACES is also run at Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone and Robert Gordon Art School as a Scotland-wide initiative to promote arts degrees to Scottish school pupils.