Extreme Art School

Following the success of Transition Extreme’s flagship youth programme, The Alternative Academy, in helping young people to move into further education, employment or training, the Extreme Art School was launched.

The 10 week community arts programme started on Monday April 27 as a joint collaboration between RGU, Gray’s School of Art and Transition Extreme and was designed for up to 12 young people aged 16 – 21 who are not in education, training or employment and have an interest in a career in art, design or media.

Almost 200 youngsters have benefited from the innovative and award winning Alternative Academy since it was launched three years ago by the extreme sports centre having been developed with RGU School of Health Sciences under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

The Extreme Art School aimed to replicate that success by providing strong art and design skills and embedding a lasting passion for creativity in participants who will have the opportunity to work under the guidance of professional artists and designers, work collaboratively on projects, and exhibit their work.

Extreme Art School assisted participants in building an arts portfolio to help them access creative industries and/or further education. They also gained a real insight to student life during the course and enjoyed associate student status.

Along with Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Cultures Team, John Lewis Partnership, The National Lottery, 17 and a number of community arts organisations and artists, RGU supported this programme as part of its ongoing commitment to promote northern arts and culture, civic engagement and developing new means of widening access into further and higher education. It is seen as strategically aligned to the University’s Access RGU aims.

Grahame Paterson, CEO of Transition Extreme, said: “Our partnership with RGU and Gray’s means that together we have the resources, knowledge and commitment necessary to promote the development of young people interested in the creative arts and assist them in making positive life transitions into adulthood”.

Chris O’Neil, Head of School at Gray’s said: “Transition Extreme understands how sport and street culture are vital elements for our youth as they grow and define themselves. At Gray’s, we know the value of street culture and how it impacts upon the fashion, film, games and other industries. Together, we are creating opportunities for Aberdeen’s youth to experiment, learn and engage in their passions through the disciplined study we offer. We’re doing this because talented and motivated people are everywhere: we want to find them and we want them to change their own and our worlds”.

The young people successfully graduated on July 10th and there artwork can now be seen in the art exhibition at Transition Extreme. This is located in the recreation area of the centre.