young model present The Interview at the Young Ensembles Showcase

Last week young model were invited to a feedback and showcase day on Saturday where all recipients of the Young Ensemble Award Scheme 2009 in the country attended. Below, Young model curator Linda Hayden, and the young model team discuss the trip to Dublin and their experience at Exchange.

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We took the 7am train from Sligo and arrived at Exchange Dublin, Collective Arts Centre Temple Bar for 10.30am. Exchange Dublin were our host for the day they also received the Youth Ensemble Scheme from the Arts Council for their innovative collective arts centre which is an arts collective run entirely by young people where they holding discussions, gigs, visual arts and performance there. Pop in they are always looking for new visitors.

Exchange Dublin exhibited all the projects in their centre and after an enthusiastic discussion amongst all participants a couple of the film projects were screened and a number of the music based projects performed for us all. The quality and standard of the work was amazing and all credit is deserved as all groups put so much time and energy into their projects over the last 9 months. I was blown away with how these young people confidently discussed their ideas and opinions around their work and regarding youth and the arts in general. With young people like these coming up behind us I am confident in saying that the world is in safe hands although during the day it was the first time I started to feel old………. – Linda, Young Model curator

The exchange is a pretty cool place. The day was a bit like our premiere, we were showing a sneaky peek of our interviews with artists. We got nametags, people thought we were models, (because the nametags said young model…), and we were photographed by a professional photographer outside the Exchange. We were interviewed by a guy called Daniel, who had great dreds. We got to meet other people working doing different things like drama, dance and film. We also had a go at discussing things like censorship, leadership and the issue of what age is youth. We saw two films, one which was called Girls in the City, and one called Wrong Turn, they were really different, both seemed to be the result of loads of hard work. Hopefully our interview film will show the hard work we’ve been putting in. – Young model response

More pics available on our Flickr site.

young model are recruiting new members for the group for 2010. If you or anyone you know may be interested just drop Linda a mail