A group of young people from Rotherham have been participating in a free summer initiative from Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance. Dangerous Art School is a school like no other, where students have the opportunity to work with innovative artists and express themselves freely through a range of media to create work that is personal to them.
Working with Artist Leigh De Vries, students explored issues relating to their identity and self-image. The group learned more about Body Dysmorphic Disorder through Leigh’s work, confronting their own issues about appearance and self-esteem. The workshop then enabled students to express their opinions and feelings on this topic through creating masks. The masks expressed the pressures felt by young women in today’s society to be ‘perfect’ and the difference between being beautiful on the outside and within.
It was a very rewarding session which will certainly have a lasting impact on the participants.