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A reflection on the connection that young people feel to a past they did not experience and an attempt to capture the surface value that sites of educational interest hold for the youth of today. Education has become mandatory until the age of sixteen. Since the early 1800s, in mining communities, young men would start work as apprentices to older mineworkers at the age of fifteen, usually a promotion from working in other areas of the mine. Schooling was a luxury that many could not afford and only started to spread through the working class around 1909, with this in mind it is an uncomfortable truth that much of today’s young society often view their learning environments as an inconvenience. From this I came to create a body of work I entitled Minor. -

Pontypool Artist Residence Project 2012