Every Drawing Matters / 2008

Developed with Orleans House Gallery, this project used drawing as a creative vehicle to encourage children and young people to explore the work of the Children’s Trust in an integrated way. Children and young people aged 9 to 19 worked with Nathalie Palin to explore the themes of Every Child Matters, and make drawing-based work in response to them. Each group looked at contemporary artists’ processes and ideas to influence their own work – stencils, paintings, photographic work, collaborative ink drawings and three-dimensional drawings in wire. The final pieces were exhibited in the Stables Gallery in May 2006. The exhibition coincided with the official opening of the gallery’s Arts Education Centre, attended by David Lammy MP and young people discussed the exhibition with visitors on that day.

As a result of the project, the then Education & Culture Directorate commissioned the gallery to deliver a follow-on consultation with children and young people, creating an educational resource about the Children’s Plan for their peers to use across the borough. Participants worked with artist Will Bishop-Stephens to create an animated film, drawing on their work from Every Drawing Matters and creating new material to explain Every Child Matters priorities to others. The completed film “What We Say Matters” was disseminated to children and young people across Richmond and input into the development of Children’s Services locally.

Every Drawing Matters was funded and supported by Envision, The Children’s Trust for Richmond and the Learning & Skills Council. What We Say Matters was funded and supported by The Children’s Services for Richmond.

look at the en-vision case study for EDM on en-vision here

look at the IDeA case study for EDM and WWSM here

role: development support, fundraising, partner and families liaison, artist delivery, internal evaluation (2005-6)