Collaborate Create Engage with Leonardo da Vinci were commissioned to work with young people and create a short film that documented the young peoples journey through a series of Leonardo da Vinci inspired weekend workshops.

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, ten of Leonardo da Vinci’s finest drawings from the Royal Collection toured five venues across the UK. The Ferens Art Gallery was the only Yorkshire venue to host this exciting exhibition from November 2012 to January 2013. The ten drawings reflect the artist’s use of different media and his extraordinary range of interests from painting and sculpture to engineering, botany, mapmaking, hydraulics, and anatomy.

The exhibition included designs for chariots fitted with flailing clubs, a study of the head of Leda, a drawing of oak leaves, a double-sided sheet of anatomical sketches, a design for a scheme to drain marshland, a view of a river from a window, a costume study of a man on horseback, apocalyptic scenes, and a rough study of an old man in profile, which is one of the last drawings made by the artist.

A group of dedicated young people from Year 10 & 11 at the Sirius Academy and the Future Ferens volunteers worked collaboratively to create a series of da Vinci inspired artworks, which you can see displayed here.

The young people attended sessions outside of school and after an introductory session at the gallery, the group then went on to spend three weekends working with artists Rob Moore, Gareth Sleightholme, Vicky Prince and Nicola Fidell Chapman in studios based along Humber Street in Hull’s Fruit Market Cultural Quarter.

One of the aims of Collaborate Create Engage was for the Future Ferens volunteers to share their enthusiasm and commitment to the arts with other young people, thereby encouraging them to visit the gallery and broaden their own experiences of the arts. The da Vinci inspired partnership project with Sirius Academy allowed the volunteers and the Academy students to work together equally and collectively as a group to create some unique pieces of artwork for display in the gallery.