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Our educational programmes are primarily based on peer-to-peer education. Marres’s version of peer-to-peer education helps school children and students develop their own projects for their own supporters. Marres’s educational team offers an inspiring environment, professional guidance, and a safe setting in which young people can freely experiment and develop themselves.
Peer-to-peer education will continue under the name ‘Marres Extended’ from July 2019, as it will act as an extension to both the sensory programme and the exhibition programme run by the art house. Marres Extended is divided into two groups: young people undertaking a work placement at Marres as part of their studies, and young people who come to Marres for a year based on their own interest, cultural involvement, and intrinsic motivation.
This year, for the first time, four young people – Jamie, Tim, Mayren, and Sterre – will support Marres as volunteers. Alongside encouraging and supporting different peers and giving feedback on new and existing Marres initiatives or projects, these four young people will work together with Marres on a new cultural-social project that can be rolled out in schools and at festivals.
I’m passionate about art and culture and teaching children and young people, so it’s a great opportunity for me to volunteer on this youth project at Marres in the coming year. I’d like to learn how to organize something that appeals to young people and gets them interested in contemporary art and culture.
I’ve chosen to work as a youth volunteer at Marres so I can gain experience in the art and culture sector by helping in exhibitions and projects. I’m very excited about this, as I’m normally only involved in dance. I also think it’s great that Marres offers us a chance to share our opinion from a different perspective.
Given my background in dance, art has always appealed to me. After getting involved in Museum Motus Mori, an exhibition that interweaves dance with contemporary art and culture, I wanted to learn more about the feelings Marres’s projects evoke in people. I’m also interested in its ‘Training the Senses’ programme, as it offers the opportunity to get to know your own body better and be more in tune with yourself.
Once I’ve finished secondary education, I’d like to study at the art academy, focusing on autonomous art. Being a youth volunteer at Marres gives me a behind-the-scenes perspective, so my aim is to understand the whole process that goes into putting together an exhibition. Marres also offers tools to view art and culture in a different way and gives you some rare insights.