Zoya Din

Talking to Helen Welford about John Carter

My name is Zoya Din and I have been doing my Year 10 Work Experience at Tees Valley Arts. For one of my tasks, I researched artist John Carter, who is part of the TVA Art Collection held by mima. I emailed Helen Welford, Collections Officer at mima, who had been one of John Carter’s first students and arranged to meet to have a chat about him.

We met at mima and Helen told me that she had met John Carter when she was in Year 4 during a school trip. She said that he made her feel like a real artist as she was drawing the landscape and not drawing simple photos of her parents, like a child. It was a very early experience for Helen he showed her that you do not have to have perfect drawings as an artist and she had always loved art but John had pushed her in the right direction.

She had kept up with John’s artwork after school and he had loved drawing landscape sketches and using heavy mediums and materials like graphite and charcoal. He was an artist who would encourage someone to look at the landscape whilst painting or drawing, much like William Turner. He was part of a group called the Cleveland Sketching Club and they supported each other and went out to the environment to sketch and draw. The group were very influential and enjoyed looking at John’s work.

For someone who is not familiar with Art, Helen told me to go look at different galleries and public places like the Transporter Bridge to gain a greater understanding. If you enjoy Art or want to pursue it in the future, it would be good if you went out and were engaged in what is happening in the world, to gain perspective. Personally, I believe that interview went well and that I really gained a lot of perspective on what happens with Art and how so many Art pieces can be more than a picture.

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My Time at Tees Valley Arts – Zoya Din

I have come to Tees Valley Arts for my Year 10 Work Experience from Macmillan Academy and I thoroughly enjoy it. For the past few days, I have been doing computer work and learning how to edit pages on the website. Throughout this process, I think my ICT has progressed massively which could help me lots in the nearby future whilst looking for a job. On my first day, I looked through the website to see what changes could be made, the pros and cons, and just before and after lunch, I edited the Application Guidelines page and changed the links of websites that did not work.

The next day, I edited the news page of the website, adding and editing the information that had just come through or deleting the ones that had expired and were not working anymore. Throughout the days, I am presented with different tasks such as working on the computer with Peter or working with Rowena to deliver things, like what we did when Rowena and I went to deliver banners and photos of bees, sunflowers, doves etc. to different primary schools throughout the Tees Valley. I have learnt so many skills from working here as it has boosted my confidence in helping others and working in situations that I may not have been able to work in before. My work experience helped solidify what I wanted to do in the future after I have finished my studies.

I would really love to do something in Music as I love the industry and learning the electronics that go with working in Music. This experience has really changed my view as when I realised I would just be doing office work, I was not keen on the idea but the longer I have been here the more I understand how important these things are and that if we did not have them, we would not get the information we need to get jobs or do the things we love.

Over the next few days, I went through the pages that seemed a bit bland and added in photos that seemed to fit in with the page. I also went through the emails to see which emails would fit in with the newsletter. Yesterday, I visited MIMA to talk to Helen Welford, a former student of John Carter and asked her about his work and the work she enjoyed and how she had met John at the beginning.

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