At the end of its first year, our mentorship programme, Tracing Our Tales, has seen trainees develop valuable skills for the future.
In October 2017, we announced a ground-breaking three-year project, Tracing Our Tales, to develop a bespoke, paid training and mentorship programme for care-experienced young adults, with funding from the Oak Foundation. Over the duration of the year, the first round of trainees have worked on several areas, equipping them with the skills to develop and deliver workshops at the Museum. Provided with a supportive, safe environment where they are guided by their mentor and artist Albert Potrony, the group have been learning teaching skills, such as managing a group, planning and logistics, as well as art skills including drawing, printing, clay, sculpture and casting. A valuable outcome of the project has been the development of general life skills amongst the group, including timekeeping, collaboration, sharing, communication and teamwork.
The culmination of their traineeship saw the trainees assist with the development and delivery of three family workshops at the Museum. Inspired by our exhibition Sea, the story of the Foundling Hospital and their own experiences of life in care, the trainees explained the works of art to families as well as led on the practical elements of the workshops.
Curator of Artists’ Projects and Tracing Our Tales supervisor, Emma Middleton, said: ‘The traineeship exceeded my expectations. We have several really great trainees that I am extremely proud of. The group taught a range of successful and dynamic workshops as the cooperative Sculpture Lab, one of which was the most popular of the year with more than 120 children attending. I am really looking forward to year two of the programme’.
From next year, Tracing Our Tales trainee Rohima Poosch will join Albert as an Artist Assistant. Rohima said: ‘I’m very grateful and excited for the Artist Assistant role next year, I can’t explain how much of an opportunity this is for me getting a place like this in a museum. The six month traineeship was great; I enjoyed going on museum trips, learning different techniques in sculpting, and analysing an artist’s work and being able to do a workshop on it’.
Tracing Our Tales will continue from January 2019 and recruitment for 12 trainees will begin from September 2018. If you work with care-experienced young adults in any of the London boroughs and would like more information about the recruitment process, please contact Emma Middleton on 020 7841 3610 or firstname.lastname@example.org