AALF 2017: The Listener

Arts Across Learning partnered with Look Again Festival of Visual Art & Design in 2017, to work with visual artist Jason Nelson, whose sculptural piece The Listener was commissioned as part of Look Again. Jason worked with over 100 Aberdeen City pupils from P5 – S2, who took part in practical visual arts workshops, working to create their very own large scale sculptural forms. These forms reflected the trumpet-like shapes which were so central to Jason’s Listener, but stood as works in their own right, giving a visual and collective voice to the identity of these young people at a particular moment in the life of the city.

As well as being a unique opportunity for pupils and teachers to engage with a contemporary practicing artist, Jason’s workshops linked in with each school’s Expressive Arts curriculum, developing pupils’ practical art & design knowledge and skills, use of tools, and their creative and critical thinking.


Pupil’s work was publicly exhibited in Aberdeen Central Library during Look Again Festival, and pupils made site visits to see their works in situ.

“The project gave pupils a deeper understanding of art in the city and budding artists got to see realities of working as an artist. It was also an invaluable experience for pupils to get involved in a local event.” – Teacher

“The whole school are so inspired by the piece and the children involved are very proud of their work. It’s a talking point! It will stay with them in years to come.” – Teacher

“Valuable learning experience from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable artist is a new and exciting experience for pupils. New techniques, terminology and new outlooks offer pupils a more well-rounded and engaging experience.” – Teacher

“I learnt to use more of my imagination for drawing.” – Pupil

“I learnt that it is great to take part in things.” – Pupil

“I learned that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.” – Pupil

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