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Blank Canvas

Monday 27th - Friday 31st July 2020

About the show

What is Blank Canvas? 

Blank Canvas is a chance for you to get creative in an intensive week of workshops and Q&As with professional artists across disciplines including film, photography, digital art, illustration and fine art.  

Led by Theatre Peckham’s multidisciplinary Artist-in-Residence and educator Rochelle White, over one week you’ll gain in depth insight into how the visual arts industry works through dedicated time to work on projects that will build your creative portfolio – along with careers advice from those who have been in the game and a chance to achieve a Gold Arts Award.  

It’s completely free to apply and take part if you are selected, and will take place between 11:30am-3:30pm between Monday 27-Friday 31 July. 

Who is it for? 

We’re looking for people aged 14-18 who have a genuine passion for all things visual.  

Whether you are someone who loves watching and talking about films, misses their gallery dates or have found ways to be creative in lockdown by making films, we want you! Whoever you are and whatever your experience, we are looking for people who will throw themselves into being challenged, pushed and treated like the artist you are (even if you haven’t clocked that yet). 

What do I gain from it? 

Throughout the week, you’ll have so many opportunities to develop not just as an artist but overall as a human being. Sounds pretty lit, right? By taking part in Blank Canvas, you will:  

  • Have an opportunity to work individually and collaboratively on a number of creative projects 
  • Get the chance to play and explore with new mediums and equipment with no pressure to have a finished product by the end of the week 
  • Create your own professional portfolio that showcases you and your work 
  • Be encouraged to take part in the Gold Arts Award (you can gain UCAS points that you may have missed out on due to coronavirus) 
  • Meet creatives who are your agemates from all walks of life 
  • Gain useful contacts with people who are making moves and can support you beyond the project in terms of navigating the visual arts industry  
  • Be provided with a cold lunch each day of the project – and there’s a microwave available if you want to heat up your food from home 
  • Join a network of young people at Theatre Peckham so you can be exposed to more free, high quality arts projects like this one. 

How do I apply? 

If you’re interested, we want to know if you’re really about it.  

If you’re already creating things in your own time, we’d love to see what you’ve come up with. Send us in a PDF document no longer than 4 pages of A4 that features some of the work you’re most proud of – you can just take photos of things that you’ve made and include this in the document, or include links to your work that may be online (yes, links to  your Instagram art page counts) 

If you’ve not created anything before and need a place to start use the quote “I find peace on a blank canvas” as inspiration, create an artistic response with your own interpretation of the phrase, with under 100 words to explain the art piece. Your response could take any form so long as it’s visual – it’s time to think out of the box… 

Regardless of whether or not you’re making work already, we’d like to know a bit about you so do also include a short biography that tells us about you, what kind of art you like and what you’d like to get from taking part in Blank Canvas. Please keep this under 250 words. 

So, you’re all set. We look forward to receiving your application!  

All applications must be sent to by 6pm, Tuesday 21st July. Please put your name and “Blank Canvas application” in the subject line 

Meet the Cast

  • Rochelle White - Artist-in-Residence
    Rochelle White