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BALTIC Foundation Club

BALTIC Foundation Club is a free series of online artist-led workshops and critical discussions for young people aged 13-19.

Working together, we'll explore, make, exchange, inspire and collaborate with creative activities that represent your voice, the things you care about and the things you want to change.

Alongside live workshops, you’ll receive workshop-related materials to explore new ways of making and doing.

You can see the full list of Foundation Club online workshops and events below.

To book your free place at BALTIC’s Foundation Club, sign up using the booking form. If you’re under 16, we need the permission of a parent/carer before you can take part so please ask them to get in touch.

For more information about booking, see the frequently asked questions section at the bottom of this page.

Explore work made by Foundation Club members over the Summer in the Google Arts & Culture and Arts Council England digital exhibition: The Way I See It.

Foundation Club: Part 3

With artists Zoe Murtagh & Laura Stutter Garcia

With a focus on responding to the world around us as it changes, spins and grows, we’ll be thinking about pace, courage and chaos to create art that is fun, meaningful and unique.

We will take inspiration from the power of our words and voices, using collage, sound, music, spoken word and images to shout about what is important to us, right now, in our immediate surroundings and in the future.

Sat 27 Feb 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)
Wed 3 Mar 17.30 - 18.45 (video call)
Wed 10 Mar 18.30 - 19.45 (a chance to catch up off-screen)
Sat 13 Mar 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)
Wed 17 Mar 17.30 - 18.45 (video call)
Wed 24 Mar 18.30 - 19.45 (a chance to catch up off-screen)
Sat 27 Mar 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)

FAQs

What if I can’t make all of those dates, do I need to attend all of the workshops?

We would encourage you to commit to the majority and hope that you would be able to attend all of the workshops, but we understand that might not be possible, so we will aim to make sure that each workshop stands alone as well as building on previous weeks.

I would love to attend these online workshops but I don’t have internet access, is there still a way to join in?

We want our workshops to be as accessible as possible so please contact us at foundationclub@balticmill.com to discuss any barriers you have to participating and how we can help you access Foundation Club. You can also point out any access requirements to us when you book using the booking form.

I attended BALTIC Foundation Club during the Summer and this looks similar - is there any point in coming again?

We would love you to continue coming to Foundation Club if you attended over the Summer. The artists all have new sessions planned - some of these will build on what we did last time, but none of them will be an exact repeat, so it is definitely worth returning.

I’ve been working on my own work recently and would like some advice, who can help?

Our off-screen catch ups, which take place twice during each part on Google Classroom, will be a time to share your work with the artists, BALTIC staff and other participants, get feedback and give feedback on others’ work too, in a supportive, pressure-free environment.

Will this be just like school?

Foundation Club is very different to school. It is an open, creative space to share, experiment and make. We will introduce you to artists, help you try new things and give you a platform for sharing your work. Foundation Club is a safe and inclusive space and our main aim is that you have a fun and inspiring experience.

I can’t attend, but I’d love to do something like this in the future. How can I find out about future opportunities for young people?

Fab! We have a creative group for and shaped by young people aged 14-19 called ArtMix - it is an inclusive space to create, connect and chat about art and the world around us, where everyone is welcome. Become a member to hear about our future opportunities.

I’m a parent/carer and I have concerns about my child taking part in online workshops. Can you give me any reassurance?

BALTIC has robust Online Safeguarding Guidelines which all of our artists and facilitators have read and will adhere to. During workshops we’ll be using Waiting Room systems so we can control who is ‘in the room’ and agree a set of ground rules together. All of our hosts are DBS checked and the only private message system available will be for young people to flag any concerns or questions directly. For general advice on keeping children and young people safe online, see this guidance page from the government.

I’ve booked my place, now what?

You’ll receive an email from a BALTIC staff member confirming your booking and a few days in advance, you’ll receive the link for your first session. We are really looking forward to working with you! Welcome to the Foundation Club. If you have any further questions at all, please contact us at foundationclub@balticmill.com