Kids in Museums film premiers at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Posted by Inga Garriock on 19 Oct 2015, 2:53 p.m.

How I see It Film Premiere

The red carpet was out at the Artists' Village this weekend for the premiere of a new documentary film called How I See It. The guests of honour were the filmmakers themselves – young people from the Surrey area.

How I see it is a film created by young people about what they would like to see from museums and galleries. Groups of young people visited three local museums to springboard ideas and then made a film from their experiences. The museums involved were Rivers and Rowing Museum, The Lightbox and Watts Gallery – Artists' Village.

Eight young people from the Artists' Village's youth panel, the Art Forum, took part in the project. Over the summer they worked with professional filmmaker Tom Borrance to plan, develop and film their ideas. It has been a spectacular experience for everyone involved who have learnt new skills and will be using this experience to complete a Bronze level Arts Award.

The Art Forum has been running for nearly two years at the Artists' Village and has been developed as a part of the Watts Studios Project. The Forum acts as a youth consultation panel and members get behind the scenes experiences, to take part in projects and help programme activities for young people.

The How I See It Film project has been organised by Kids in Museums, a national organisation that works with museums and galleries to increase access for families, young people and children. The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund's Young Roots initiative.

The film premiere was held at the Artists' Village on Saturday 10 October where guests were greeted by candle lit paths and a red carpet. The whole event was run by the young filmmakers who greeted guests, took coats and hosted the evening. A viewing of the film was followed by a question and answer session with representatives from the groups. The discussion was hosted by trustee of the Artists' Village Professor Rob Dickens. The young people shared how their perspectives of museums and of filmmaking had changed throughout the duration of the project.

See the finished 10 minute film here: https://vimeo.com/142112249

Do you want to be a part of the youth voice at the Artists' Village? Why not join the Art Forum. The Forum meets fortnightly on Tuesday evenings and is for 14-19 year olds. For more information how to get involved contact Lauren McCombie Smith, Learning Assistant on learningassistant@wattsgallery.org.uk or 01483 901 803.