Bea Last's Visual Art Summer Studio

An intensive short course for young people that covers various elements of the creative visual art process.

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From the 11th - 21st July 2022, artist Bea Last held a "Visual Art Summer Studio" for young people (ages 16-30) in Dumfries & Galloway at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries.

Each day presented a specific focus, such as creative drawing, drawing to perform, sculptural forms, printmaking, sketchbooks, and collage. Participants also considered documentation, installation, sourcing material and creating personal development projects in order to develop an experimental body of work, enabling the development of artistic practice.

This format was repeated in July 2023 with a 9-day short course covering various elements of the creative visual art process, helping young people to develop their portfolio if thinking of applying for art school, or just expand their creative practice.

This free opportunity for young people is supported by Creative Scotland and The Holywood Trust. 

You can view pictures from previous years' Visual Art Summer Studios here


About the tutor

Bea Last is a visual artist based in Dumfries & Galloway with a process-led practice that explores drawing in its broadest sense.

From illustration to sculptural drawings Bea’s practice has developed over the last 30 years and she has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include PLACEing Objects at SpudWORKS, Sway, New Forest, 2020; Geuzenmaand2020, VlaardingenMuseum and World Art Delft, The Netherlands, 2020; Geuzenmaand 2022, The Netherlands and the Anatomy Lesson Revisited - 2023, Netherlands and Belgium. She was a finalist for the Aesthetica Art Prize and exhibitied at the York Gallery in March 2023. 

Bea is an experienced mentor and tutor, facilitating and designing workshops for a range of participants. Bea has previously worked with Glasgow School of Art as a tutor for their Widening Participation Portfolio Preparation Course and continues to mentor privately on a one to one basis. She is a Professional Creative Practitioner for Better Lives Partnership, a charity supporting young people on the autism disorder spectrum. Bea has also previously mentored for Upland on our Emerge Bursary Programme and facilitated Upland’s Visual Art Summer Studio in 2022 and 2023. 

Find out more about Bea’s practice here: