PEER Ambassadors and PEER Notices
A two-year programme supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation
April 2019 – April 2021
PEER is delighted to announce that the organisation has been awarded a grant of £50,000 by Paul Hamlyn Foundation to fund PEER Ambassadors and PEER Notices; pioneering projects across two years that aim to provide opportunities for local young people from BAME and lower socio-economic backgrounds and artists to work together on public art projects.
Through the Paul Hamlyn ‘Explore and Test’ grant PEER intends to widen access to contemporary art for our local community by testing a practical and ambitious two-part scheme for local young people. Aiming to establish new ways to remove barriers that young people face to access and participate in art, it will offer exciting opportunities via workshops, talks, mentoring and creative events, and the chance to work with an artist on a public art project.
PEER Ambassadors will enable young people to get paid gallery assistant experience; the paid element being an important component when considering the social, cultural and economic barriers that some young people face in order to access and experience art. They will be the face of PEER, welcoming visitors from all walks of life into the gallery and introducing them to our exhibitions. All the while, they will gain in-depth knowledge to the inner workings of a small arts organisation with a 20-year history.
Alongside, they will be offered free cultural learning opportunities; participating in gallery and studio visits, inspiring talks from local young creatives and masterclasses from international experts within the field of public art.
Combined with this will be an exciting opportunity to work alongside an artist to develop PEER Notices, a series of public realm displays that will be positioned locally, encouraging the young people involved to make a mark on the high street where they live, socialise or study.
PEER Notices will be a unique chance for an artist to work on a public art project on Hoxton Street across a year; allowing deep and embedded relationships to form with place and the people who live, work and study here. They will devise workshops with and for the PEER Ambassadors that critically think about how art on the street interacts with different members of society and how it can be a vehicle for creative engagement with the public. The commissioned artist has the opportunity to create changing artworks that can be displayed in PEER’s Noticeboard next to the post office, other local partner venues and beyond, and create events to be enjoyed by the community more widely.