'Make An Impression' was founded in 2019 by Emma Bryant, Schools Engagement Manager at UCL Culture and Edinam Edem-Jordjie, STEP trainee (Shared Traineeship and Employment Programme). In 2020, 'Make An Impression II' was co-curated by Emma Bryant and Mohammed Rahman, STEP trainee.
STEP is a programme run by A New Direction and Creative Access in partnership with East Bank. It supports young east Londoners in securing work experience in the arts and culture sector.
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Emma’s role focuses on widening the participation of under-represented groups in higher education. At UCL, Emma created and manages a programme working with the university’s museums and collections, UCL East, the academic community, and schools in the London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
"It is rewarding to see the works on display and to get the positive feedback from the UCL community as well as the participating schools and colleges. UCL is a prestigious institution, displaying these students’ work here gives it kudos. Confidence in one’s abilities is a key aspect for success and having artwork on show at UCL will help build this in these students."
Mohammed worked at UCL Culture for 8 months through STEP. His role included supporting the Community Engagement and Exhibition teams with exhibitions and public engagement programmes as well as some Communications work. Mohammed will now move onto his next STEP role at Foundation for Future London as a Community Engagement and Digital Content intern until November 2020.
"Curating this exhibition, working with the young artists and Slade alumni during outreaches and digitising the work this year has been a great pleasure to undertake. I have learnt many skills along the way and I want to thank all of the incredible people I have worked with."
Edinam worked at UCL Culture for 11 months through STEP. Her role included supporting the Community Engagement and Exhibition teams with exhibitions and public engagement programmes. Edinam is now completing a traineeship at the National Trust, focusing on urban greenspace.
"For me the most rewarding aspect of the project was getting to work with young people involved in the exhibition. Getting to see the students create their pieces of work and how inspired they were motivated me to try and present their work in the best way that I could."
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“Huge round of applause to Emma, Mohammed and Edinam - such a fabulous project with really strong work and congratulations to the participants who clearly embraced the project totally!