We had the amazing pleasure of being invited to attend the grand launch of @alexispeskine new Power Figure collection at the @octobergallery. https://www.artsy.net/artist/alexis-peskine

Inspired by visits to Senegal (West Africa) Alex Peskine has knocked in thousands of individual gold leaf coated nails (set at many different depths) to provide a powerful and sheen to his silhouetted power figures. Produced in just under 4 months in Dakar and Paris these amazing and gazing images are seeking a deeper connection with our ancestors, history and culture whilst exploring the black experience of the present day. This body of Sankofa inspired introspective work reminds us we are all power figures. The evening was introduced by the irrepressible and talented artist @Zakove http://www.zak-ove.co.uk.

 

Voyage is proud to announce it is now a registered Arts Award provider.

Voyage will be working with a range of creative partners (Talawa Theatre, ACE Dance, Ebony Steel Orchestra, Creative Access, Bigga Fish, The Tate amongst many others) to create a varied and inspiring leadership programme for our young people in South Hackney. Our creative collaborators will offer an electric and dynamic programme of high quality art activities and experiences that will be seamlessly embedded into our regular weekend, half term and holiday programmes for under 19s. These sessions will be open to our young people that wish to take part in events, visits, readings, showcases and observing creative work with a strong focus for

  • increasing the educational progression routes
  • expanding creative development opportunities
  • encouraging young people to take creative career paths

By embedding Arts awards amongst other leadership and community safety accreditations into our work, Voyage will create unique developmental pathways for its cohorts of young leaders. We believe this will not only help to enrich the lives of our young it will also positively strengthen Voyages programme offer and help us expand. We look forward to working with Trinity College and our creative partners to build our reputation and help to create an inspired team of young leaders who progress within the arts and help us implement our expansive youth take over strategy in time for 2020.

I write this blog after receiving a heart felt hand written thank you letter from one of our wonderful Brunel Interns this morning. The letter was on my desk so i was able to read it the moment I got into the office. The letter summarised their learning journey and the opportunity the internship afforded to them. What was striking about this letter was that it  demonstrated how much interns actually got from the experience, how small words of motivation can create big strides and how that begins to chart a course to greater success and personal achievement. I was also struck by how much our interns actually learn from other young people around them which I know helps them to see themselves more clearly and gives them a chance reflect on their actions, behaviours and choices. This is something we all need to more of…

Im totally sure when our interns get to that job, that place of comfort and peace in their lives they too will realise that you “GET what you GIVE” and when you give with care and love the results can only be amazing. I too learnt so much from their presence here and I know this will make our work stronger and help me develop even more possibilities for future interns.

We have now said our goodbyes and I will miss our interns as the office is a lot quieter now but I will do my best to find ways to bring them back to Voyage in the not too distant future.

A huge heartfelt thanks to you all.

Paul Anderson CEO MBE