Alice Thickett youth programmer interviews Get Involved 17 member Ben Arrowsuch just as he gets involved with his last event and moves on to be creative at University.
Alice Thickett: Hi Ben! How long have you been a Get Involved 17 member?
Ben Arrowsuch: It’s been a long time, I can’t remember exactly but for three years at least!
AT: What has been a highlight while you’ve been a young curator? and why would you say it was a highlight?
BA: Attending a Tate conference. I got to meet Nick Serota (Director of the Tate), and be on the panel itself. It made me feel as though what we were doing as a group was big, important and significant to young people and the development of Nottingham Contemporary.
AT: Wow, that does sound like a proud moment. What was the most recent Get Involved 17 thing you’ve done?
BA: We’ve just held our first Circuit event, called COLLABOR-8. It was the kickstarter event for a programme of events and exhibitions that will happen over the next four years. It was a great way to make people aware of Circuit and to get young people into the gallery.
AT: Why do you think getting young people into art spaces is important?
BA: It’s important that young people don’t feel intimidated about going into art spaces, because sharing art is universal and anyone can be creative – it’s something that is natural to everyone. Being in a gallery is a great way to learn about different cultures and what’s going on in the world.
AT: That’s a great sentiment; I think you can get lot of inspiration for a range of different things by visiting creative spaces. What do you think you’ve personally gained from being in Get Involved 17?
BA: I’ve gained alot more confidence especially when speaking out-loud and to members of the public.
AT: What are your plans for life after Get Involved 17?
BA: I’m going to go and study Illustration and Animation at a University in Cambridge.
AT: Fantastic, it’s great you’ll be carrying on being creative. What advice would you leave the rest of Get Involved 17 and new members?
BA: Be as immersed as you can in the group, the programme and the gallery, because you will gain valuable exposure and contacts for joining the art world.
Circuit is a national programme connecting 15 - 25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums. Led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.