Wolverhampton School of Art

Artist in Residence - Working Across Borders

MA Fine Art graduate and Artist in Residence, Gareth Jukes, has recently come back from Amman, Jordan where he was involved with a project called Working Across Borders where he supported a training course for those with learning difficulties, orphans and those from war torn areas.

He was invited by the NGO United Religions Initiative in Jordan, whose aim is to work to raise the children’s self-esteem by helping them discover their abilities through educational and vocational training.

We caught up with him to find out more details.

What did the work in the school involve, was it art and design based for example?

During my time in Amman, my main duties were to create photography and video resources that could be used to disseminate the project, to share my skills and experiences with young people and other youth workers, to give them basic interviewing and video production skills, and also to provide children with basic photographic skills, allowing them to use professional equipment while supervised. During my time in the school I was able to gain in-depth ethnographic insights.

What’s next for you?

I am currently part of the Artist in Residence programme at the University where I am using my travel experience and developing my artistic practice around Structuralism, Urban Semiotics and Visual Language.

The Artist in Residence scheme has allowed me to work with other artists and to participate in lectures and seminars to analyse and deconstruct my research. I am working with different departments of the school, planning, creating and designing different modes and methods for the eventual publication and exhibition of my research and photographic work. 

My next international project takes place in the New Year where I will go to a project in Krakow Poland and work for the NGO Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Mińôdzypokoleniowych (SIM) delivering training on digital photography, new technology, and media to people between the ages of 18-29. 

More details on the Artist in Residence scheme.

You can visit Gareth’s website here: www.garethjukes.com

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