Future Fires 2014

Kenny Dean

Kenny Dean started drawing from the age of four when he drew a horse, and he’s continued being creative ever since. He passed G.C.S.E Art at fourteen and then did a BTEC national diploma in Art and design at Bolton Community College.

Kenny has been volunteering for Bolton YMCA since he was eighteen, helping young people with their designs, as well as painting a mural on their youth club wall. Two years ago he attended a mission to Bulgaria to decorate an orphanage with designs. He has since been asked to paint a collection of murals on the walls of a recording studio for another Bolton youth group.

Kenny wants to be a Future Fire because he wants the chance to do more community art work. He has always wanted an opportunity to teach art and to deliver projects in the community, so this programme is perfect for him.

His idea is to work with St Catherine’s School and Firwood School who are located in the Breightmet area of Bolton, on an art programme.

The idea is to continue the desire of both schools to have closer links between their young people. St Catherine's is an academy, which came from Kenny’s former secondary school. Firwood is a specialist school on the same site with the two schools sharing some common facilities but acting independently. There is very little social interaction between the two sets of pupils.

Kenny’s idea is to run an art project in the schools, with a mixture of pupils, expressing their feeling, around issue of disability, inclusion and any other issue they face in their day to day lives. Some of the art pieces they would produce would be jewellery, textiles, (both can be made through recycled materials), mixed media arts and some short stop frame animations.

Contact’s Future Fires programme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, supports young emerging artists to plan and deliver their own community arts outreach projects in Greater Manchester through a tailored programme of training, mentoring and support.

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