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 printmaking, poetry, film, spoken word, animation and sound pieces that represent your voice, the things you care about in this world and the things you might want to change.
We’re living through challenging times - the present is constantly changing and the future is uncertain. In BALTIC’s Foundation Club, artists, BALTIC staff and tutors from Northumbria University will create safe, weekly spaces online for you to meet, create and share individually and collectively in a supportive environment where you can be fully yourself. Alongside live workshops, you’ll receive workshop-related materials to explore new ways of making and doing.
You’ll also get the chance to hear about real life experiences of creative careers directly from artists and university staff, and have the option to work towards your Silver Arts Award.*
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.
*Arts Award is a range of nationally recognised qualifications that support anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders. Find out more about completing your Silver Arts Award here.
Foundation Club: Part 1
With artists Zoe Allen and Mani Kambo
Since the beginning of time, humans have used drawings to communicate through symbols and pictures. These have evolved into written language to tell stories and pass on knowledge. As our understanding of our world evolves, so does our technology, our visual and spoken language and the ways in which we are able to communicate. But, if you were to send a message to someone from another universe, how would you make yourself understood? What would your message look like?
In these workshops, we will explore the ways in which artists have looked to the cosmos for inspiration and with wonder. We will consider how we use signs, symbols and visual language to articulate our place in the world. We will use discussion and information sharing as well as developing practical skills such as printmaking and sculpture/3D making to develop a personal pictorial language through which we consider our role as artists and the relationship of artwork to the universe.
Sat 14 Nov 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)
Wed 18 Nov 17.30 - 18.45 (video call)
Wed 25 Nov 17.30 - 18.45 (a chance to catch up off-screen)
Sat 28 Nov 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)
Wed 2 Dec 17.30 - 18.45 (video call)
Wed 9 Dec 17.30 - 18.45 (a chance to catch up off-screen)
Sat 12 Dec 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)
Foundation Club: Part 2
With artists Mat Fleming and AK
Where do ideas come from? What is originality? We're conditioned to believe these things come from us as individuals. However the last months have shown many of us that playful interaction with other people is super important to who we are. In these workshops we will work together through our screens to create collective animations; batting pictures, sounds and thoughts back and forth amongst the group. Incorporating drawing, music, text and narrative, we'll look at the ways we can bring our different voices, perspectives and spaces together into a single work while we’re physically apart. We’ll test out how sounds can be written as words and what happens when we let sound take the lead in animation, with the visuals following.
Sat 9 Jan 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)
Wed 13 Jan 17.30 - 18.45 (video call)
Wed 20 Jan 17.30 - 18.45 (a chance to catch up off-screen)
Sat 23 Jan 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)
Wed 27 Jan 17.30 - 18.45 (video call)
Wed 3 Feb 17.30 - 18.45 (a chance to catch up off-screen)
Sat 6 Feb 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)
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 17.30 - 18.45 (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 17.30 - 18.45 (a chance to catch up off-screen)
Sat 27 Mar 10.30 - 12.30 (video call)
What if I can’t make all of those dates, do I need to attend all of the workshops?
When you book, you need to tell us which Foundation Club ‘Part’s you want to attend; Part 1, 2, 3 or all. Your booking will be for the online events that fall under that Part. If you choose to work towards your silver Arts Award with us, you will need to book onto all 3 Parts. We’d encourage you to commit to the majority and hope you’ll be able to attend all of the workshops, but let’s be honest...life is busy and gets in the way. So we’ll 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?
Yes. We want our workshops to be as accessible as possible and we’re aware that these online workshops rely on access to an internet connection which many people do not have. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss 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?
Definitely! 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’s 100% worth returning. We’re hoping to have some exciting new elements this time such as the opportunity to complete your Silver Arts Award, work with Northumbria University staff, an online platform to share work and chat directly to artists and BALTIC staff outside of video calls, and workshop-related materials posted out to you for each Part!
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, 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. Some of our video call sessions will also be ‘group crit’ style discussions where you can share your work, as well as help, discuss and advise others about theirs.
Will this be just like school?
We can solidly say that this is not school. It’s a Club, so think an open, creative space to share, experiment and make. We’d love to introduce you to artists, help you try new things and give you a platform for sharing your work. Added bonus; we don’t know you and therefore have no preconceived ideas about who you are. You can be who you want to be with us and we hope that together, we’ll create a fun and inspiring space.
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?
Yes. Thank you, this is understandable. BALTIC has robust Online Safeguarding Guidelines which all of our artists and facilitators have read and will adhere to. We’ll be sending out some short reminders alongside password protected links to participants once they sign up. 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?
Brilliant! 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’re really looking forward to working with you! Welcome to the Foundation Club.
If you have any further questions at all, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org