The Turner Contemporary is holding an exhibition called ‘Journeys with "The Waste Land”’ from the 3rd of February to the 7th of May. This exhibition has been well received by the surrounding community and national papers, drawing on T.S. Eliot’s experience in Margate where he worked on his most famous poem.
As part of this exhibition, a workshop was held for 16-25 year olds, including some of Canterbury College’s Media Students, where participants were asked to think of questions to put to famous figures in relation to themes identified in the ‘Waste Land’.
Five videos were created from these workshops, which are being released one by one. The most recent asks Jeremy Deller, a conceptual video and installation artist, about conflict and can be found here. Other videos have explored the phonetics of poetry through Lemn Sissay and gender through Gemma Cairney.
As well as contributing questions to these videos, Media students created flipbooks to present their animation ideas for the videos and worked with animator Jade Spranklen of Sprankenstein Animation Studios. Their input was celebrated on Sunday 25th of March where they were presented with certificates from the Turner Contemporary.
Zoran Tesic, Head of Media and Communication at Canterbury College, said: "It was a great opportunity for our students to use their skills and work for high profile institutions such as the Turner Contemporary and the BBC. The students have produced great work — well done to all of them."
This project works to bring the community together, celebrating ideas from people of all ages and supported by BBC’s The Space, an organisation that helps to create great art and reach out to new audiences.