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Engagement with young people was a key objective of the BBC Broadcasting House Public Art Programme.  Educational and community projects were established through links with a number of local schools and colleges, and several artists were appointed as collaborators.   Under a pilot education project, artists Richard Wentworth and Ruth Maclennan used some of the objects from the Sound Effects Store as the starting point for making films with nine year olds from Gateway School, Westminster, exploring found sounds, movement and people in the vicinity.


A project entitled Painting with Sound with the BBC’s 21st Century Classroom and All Souls’ Primary School started in early 2004, with a group of pupils at the school who followed the redevelopment process.  They worked on specific projects with artists, architects, composers and writers, investigating issues and themes highlighted by the redevelopment and the Public Art Programme.  For the first project artist William Furlong and composer Duncan Chapman worked with the pupils to develop the relationship between the visual and the aural, resulting in a performance.


This project is part of the BBC Broadcasting House Public Art Programme, curated by Modus Operandi.


Richard Wentworth & Ruth McLennan

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