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engage Scotland Skills Development Workshop: Storytelling

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow
Friday 4 December 2015

Using storytelling and drama techniques to engage people with visual art: Turner Prize exhibition 2015

Workshop Information
Workshop Documentation
Clare Hume Biography
Turner Prize Information

Workshop Information

In response to the Turner Prize exhibition at Tramway in Glasgow, engage Scotland commissioned drama artist, Clare Hume, to develop a skills development workshop session exploring the use of storytelling and drama approaches in engaging audiences with visual art exhibitions.

This session was developed to support the skills and confidence of those attending in engaging audiences with visual art. The session was aimed particularly at gallery educators and freelance artists interested in delivering workshops in venues exhibiting contemporary visual art.

The training workshop offered a mix of activities, including a multi-sensory drama and storytelling experience within the Turner Prize exhibitions at Tramway in Glasgow, along with networking and reflection on the techniques used.

During the training workshop Clare shared her experience of leading a group from Aspire, Project Ability’s visual arts workshop programme for adults with learning disabilities, through the Turner Prize exhibition using the story she has developed. The aim was that participants will go away with more confidence in communicating with a range of audiences about visual art and a useful framework that they can adapt to their own situation.

Workshop Documentation
Click on the links below to download PDF documents including a report on the workshop written by Clare; a transcript of the story she wrote. You can also listen to Clare read the story by using the SoundCloud Player below.

 - Workshop Report by Clare Hume

 - Transcript of Clare Hume's Turner Prize 2015 story


Clare Hume
Clare Hume is an accomplished drama artist who uses drama, storytelling and multi-sensory stimuli to create memorable learning experiences for people of all ages and of all abilities. For the past decade, Clare's work has been focussed on creating memorable learning experiences, for everyone, using performance and multi-sensory stimuli. She shares her technique with postgraduates, studying their diploma in education, at the University of Strathclyde. In between her workshops at the National Museum of Rural Life, she directs several of the Edinburgh International Science Festival touring shows for schools. Clare enjoys a good working relationship with Project-Ability, Cosgrove Care, Down's Syndrome Scotland and Hazelwood School (for pupils with sensory impairment).

Since her mini residency at Trongate 103 Galleries in 2011 she has established a niche in Visual Art education for a wide range of groups. Most recently her work has featured in the following Visual Art Festivals and Initiatives: Glasgow International, Generation), Below Another Sky (a collaboration of Scottish printers and Creative Scotland) and Everyone (engage Scotland). She has been privileged to have explored works by Bedwwyr Williams and Mike Smith (Tramway) Nathan Coley (GOMA), Toby Paterson, Michael Fullerton and Calum Mackenzie (Glasgow Print Studio), Cameron Morgan (Project-Ability) and Leonardo Da Vinci (Queen's Gallery, Holyrood), to name but a few.

"...In a very short period of time Clare transformed the building (Trongate 103 gallery) into a lively space of inquiry and discovery. Clare delivered an inspirational project which questioned traditional methods of interpreting art work. The workshop was entertaining, relevant and fun." 
Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Artistic Director, Project-Ability

The Turner Prize
The Turner Prize, organised by Tate, is awarded to a British artist under the age of 50 for an outstanding exhibition in the preceding year. The Turner Prize introduces us to new artists and new ideas in contemporary art and previous winners include Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Gillian Wearing. The Turner Prize 2015 exhibition took place from 1st October 2015 – 17th January 2016 at Tramway in Glasgow. In 2015 the shortlisted artists were AssembleBonnie CamplinJanice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers. The winner, Assemble, was announced live on Channel 4 on 7 December 2015.

Clare Hume telling the story


Inhabiting the gallery




The winners!

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