2008 – 2012 Learning and Access Officer
Nottingham Contemporary, UK.
Get Involved 17 (13 - 17 year olds)
Project managing a creative/cutting edge youth led programme, attracting national and international recognition from venues for their unique approach to events and activities. Session leader and ‘collaborator’ Associate Artist Sian Watson-Taylor.
Quality moments film by Get Involved 17 & film maker Benjamin Wigley
A mobile chat show
Tate Modern London
2011 – 2012
Get Involved 17 were awarded £5K from J.P Morgan to design their own evaluation tool entitled “Quality Moments”, a mobile Chat Show created to find out what is important to young people in Nottingham today. “Quality Moments” is featured as one of only four case studies from 20 UK arts venues in the Plus Tate Learning Publication 2013.
Fundraising: Programme awarded £400,000 from The Paul Hamlyn
Young People's projects
Devising and managing outreach projects for young people.
World Event for Young Artist
Village of the imagination
July - September 2012
A digital photography project working specifically with young people (16-25) from the Broxtowe Estate in Nottingham. The community project ran before the launch of the WEYA festival in early September 2012. Young people produced stunning digital photography and a model of their ideal village in response to the natural beauty within their estate.
Project lead: Heather Kirk (Get Involved 17) Associate Artists, Gillian Brent and Jo Dacombe.
Partners: BEST Broxtowe Education Skills Trust, City Arts and WEYA
Fundraising: Awarded £4,000 from The Mighty Creatives (Leicester)
Power to the people!
Developed in collaboration with Emory Douglas former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party (US)
Emory Douglas was absolutely integral to the development of The Black Panther Party. They were an African American revolutionary organisation active in the US from 1966 to 1982. Emory Douglas developed the powerful graphic identity that defined the movement and played a large part in its huge popular appeal.
For the Power to the people! workshop young adults explored the current issues facing their peers (unemployment, rising university fees, body image and the recent riots) and created political posters. Douglas visited the UK at the end of the 2011 riots in response to the police shooting of Mark Duggan. During the one day workshop he discussed the difference between being destructive and taking part in revolutionary protest, as the Panther’s did.
Participants: Young people/adults aged 14 to 30, members of YARD (Youth Arts Research & Development) at New Art Exchange and Get Involved 17.