The Big M Inflatable Space Comes to Blyth
24th October 2016, 2pm - 7pm
Blyth Marketplace, NE24 1BQ
On 24 October 2016, a collection of photographic, video and audio artworks will be presented in ISIS Arts’ impressive inflatable arts venue the Big M on Blyth Market Place as part of The History of Youth Work in Blyth.
Silx Teen Bar have been awarded a grant from The Heritage Lottery and since June, have been working with Newcastle-based arts organisation ISIS Arts, who presented the CORNERS of Europe event in Blyth this May and the Over 50’s Forum in Blyth to explore the Youth Clubs and Societies of Blyth from 1930 to the present day.
Young people and staff from Silx Teen Bar and older people from the Over 50’s Forum have been working with artists Sharon Bailey and Lindsay Duncanson and local historian Gordon Smith to capture and reflect on the changes to youth provision in Blyth using sound recordings and photography, celebrating the clubs and societies that have been an important part of the town and its history.
The group is starting to share stories that they have gathered about people’s lives in Blyth, how the place has changed and their memories as a young person growing up in the town. They have visited the locations of past and present youth clubs, recorded photographs and collected local archival material and memorabilia.
Young people from Silx Teen Bar are playing an active role in this Heritage Lottery funded project, carrying out research, gathering oral histories and will be creating a publication to share what they have learned with the wider community.
Jackie Long, senior youth worker at Silx said:
“We are so pleased to have been awarded this Heritage lottery grant, we’ve wanted to do this project for many years. Now it’s possible! We have had a lot of excellent youth clubs in Blyth. Please, if you attended any– for instance Centre 64, Blyth and Newsham Boy’s clubs, Barbarossa or any other club – come along to our event and share your pictures and stories with us”.
Blyth Town Council have awarded the project a grant to bring The Big M to Blyth Market Place. People will be welcome to explore the exhibition in the Big M between 3-7pm, which includes a live VJ set performed by young people from Silx Teen Bar.
To find out more about The History of Youth Work in Blyth visit www.isisarts.org.uk
And for further information about Silx visit www.silxteen.com
fanSHEN and Henna Asikainen Announced as New Research Residency Artists
Following our call for research residency proposals this summer, we are delighted to announce sculptor Henna Asikainen and collaborative group fanSHEN as our new residency artists, who will be joining us at our studio in the coming months to research ideas for new work.
Henna Asikainen is developing Foraging for a Red Blanket, an edible blanket of foraged berries made in collaboration with refugees and asylum seekers. The project explores ideas around rootedness and migration – movement in terms of both plants and humans alike; the myriad of associations we create around nature and wilderness, foraging, cultivating, belonging and unbelonging.
During her residency, Henna and those who participated in the work will reflect upon the experience of the ‘blanket’ project and begin to develop a new one. She will carry out the research residency in collaboration with independent filmmaker and photographer Arto Polus to work on the documentation of the project: the act of foraging, the making of the ‘blanket’, its destruction and consumption will form a series of photography and video works.
Henna is a Finnish artist based in Newcastle, interested in questions surrounding the human relationship with our environment and nature, combined with the desire to contribute to an understanding of the complex, social and ecological issues emerging from this. Her work tends to be collaborative by nature and often responds to specific sites and communities drawing on an environment and its people to form the work.
fanSHEN will spend time thinking about how art can create frameworks within which we encounter people who have different values, experiences or opinions to ourselves.
They want to explore what kind of spaces these interactions can take place in, and how they can acknowledge difference.
How can we agree to disagree?
Do we always have to try to convince the other person of our views?
How can conflict be a way of working out how we live together, rather than something upsetting that is best avoided?
And what’s the role of the artists within all this? Often artists are called in to ‘fix’ a social ‘problem’; what would happen if we didn’t work towards harmony but towards learning to live in discord?
fanSHEN exist to transform the world into something to be experienced rather than something which is consumed. They believe that art is part of what it means to be a citizen, not an activity that happens in certain buildings, paid for by certain people. They make contemporary performance, participatory projects and other playful interventions that create moments of beauty, joy and meaning, and challenge the idea that life is frightening. fanSHEN’s lead artists are Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe, who recently moved to Newcastle after ten years in London.
Young Europeans Writing Project Online
In the weeks leading up to the 2016 EU referendum, we worked with New Writing North and artist Susannah Pickering to answer the question Should we stay or should we go? A group of 15-23 year old Cuckoo Young Writers have been exploring what Europe and the EU meant to them, from the personal (holidays, music, food) to the political.
The young writers began their journey with an introduction to the EU from Newcastle University Law School's Street Law and then had the opportunity to meet and debate with North East MEP Jude Kirton-Darling. The writers expressed their individual responses as short poems and prose pieces, which became an alternative EU referendum campaign brochure.
You can read the pieces of writing here.
Playground Feature Launches on CORNERS Live
We are pleased to present a new feature on CORNERS Live for Playground. Playground is a growing collection of games from around Europe, and is a collaboration between artists Simon Farid (UK), Gianfranco Mirizzi (Croatia), Ricardo Spagnulo (Italy) and Miha Horvat (Slovenia). The artists have been travelling around Europe together, meeting game players and learning about their games.
The recreate these games for the audience in each city they travel to, trying to bring the gaming culture along with them as well as the game itself. Some of them you might recognize; some may be a little different. Our games can be a portrait of ourselves, something in common between generations and cultures. Can we make new connections across Europe through our shared experiences of games?
In 2017 the artists will be in Tees Valley, learning new games to add to the playground.
It’s free, it’s yours, come and play!
HIRE projectors, screens, cameras, media players and much more from us
Have a look at our latest Equipment hire list - we have new projectors, screens and media players amongst our other rental equipment.
We can offer competitive quotes and discounts for long-term and bulk hires for artists and arts organisations.
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