somewhereto_FRAMED#2 is a public art exhibition that showcases the work of young artists in collaboration with local business and shop owners. Artworks from emerging artists aged 16-25 will be shown in window spaces across the city, providing a free alternative platform and brightening up the streets of Wakefield
This project is run by Wakefield based social enterprise WE ARE who are regional representatives for somewhereto_
WE ARE provide a platform for emerging creatives through collaborative projects and are focused on encouraging and growing Wakefield’s creative scene. They do this through curating events and exhibitions that engage people with the Arts and by promoting the creativity of those around them.
somewhereto_ is a national project, funded by the Big Lottery, which seeks to find free space and opportunities for young people aged 16 – 25. This could be somewhere to rehearse and/or perform, an empty shop unit for them take over, office space, exciting locations for film and photography, event space, exhibition space, artist studio space, somewhere to set up a film festival or a music gig, literally anything that we can help facilitate. somewhereto_ runs nationwide via our regional freelancers who organise various events and support young people to carry out their creative projects.
FRAMED#2 will launch on the next Wakefield Artwalk on the 29th July.
TSOTA have the pleasure of showcasing work from some of the young artists involved in the upcoming FRAMED#2 exhibition in Wakefield as well as interviewing those involved in the project. Here are the first 6 talented young artists…
An Interview with Jasmin Herrick one of the young artists featured in FRAMED#2:
TSOTA: How did you find out about somewhereto_FRAMED#2 ?
JH: Through Facebook. A friend of mine liked the page and I followed the link about exhibiting your work throughout Wakefield, thinking it would be an excellent opportunity for me. Once filling out the application it thanked me and also said that applications closed on the 6th of July which was two days previous, so I felt very lucky when I received an email back from Amy and Lucy!
TSOTA: What is your artistic background?
JH: I have always drawn as a child and taken numerous visits to art gallery’s, which later spurred on my desire to study at Leeds College of Art. Leaving the two year course with a distinction, I am now moving on to the Leeds College of Art degree course to study Fine Art. The incredible tutors, opportunities and atmosphere that the establishment provided me with, made my university decision extremely simple.
TSOTA: Which artists most inspire you?
JH: The artists that most inspire me are photographers such as John Humble and his Lifeguard Station 26 studies, as well as Renate Aller and her Oceanscape studies. Paul Nash has also been a huge inspiration for the work I have been producing lately, spending many hours in front of his painting The Shore, which is exhibited at Leeds Art Gallery.
[Lifeguard Station #26, 1999]
TSOTA: Have you exhibited work in many public exhibitions before?
JH: My two year diploma course at LCA ended with us creating work for a public exhibition which was on show for 7 days at the college. This was my first exhibition, giving me uneasiness/nerves but also a lot of pride once seeing my hard work and the hard work of my peers being excellently exhibited and viewed by the public.
TSOTA: Do you think that there are enough opportunities for young artists to showcase their work?
JH: I think if you search hard enough and keep up to date with local events to showcase your work, the opportunities are there; both to showcase work locally or too meet contacts which may help you take your work further afield. The trick is not falling out of the loop, if you really want to showcase your work you need to put yourself forward and make things happen.
TSOTA: What was the idea behind your piece?
JH: The idea behind my piece/s was driven by the idea of oceanscapes and horizon lines, and how altering factors in these images changes the image in the viewers head, and changes the composition of the piece. The media was used to highlight and create shadows in my work, suggesting the appearance of something rather than illustrating an event or place. I find I work best in this way, rather than fully describing a scene.
TSOTA: What are your future plans and how do you you hope your artistic career will develop?
JH: My next step now is a 3 year Fine Art degree course which will then give me the grades I need to complete a 2 year degree in Art Therapy. My aim is to encourage and help people deal with their issues and or problems through the use of self expression within the arts. Whilst this is my long term career goal, I would still love to create my own work within my spare time and keep up to date with exhibition opportunities.