Leading up to our CORNERS of Europe in Blyth event we worked with groups of young people from Blyth to develop their digital storytelling skills and produce new digital artworks. This is part of a larger project, taking place across Blyth, the East and West end of Newcastle and Tees Valley, where we are training young people as community journalists. We want to start a debate about cultural difference with diverse groups of young people in these areas of the North East, which is challenging but necessary.
We worked with digital artist Dominic Smith and the Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service brighter Stars group to create Headphone Theatre, an online radio play and podcast that aim to raise awareness of the issues surrounding domestic abuse. Over five months, the young people learned how to create binaural recordings, developed their writing and performance skills and produced a radio show.
We also worked with young people based at People and Drugs Ltd. (known locally as Silx Teen Bar); an organisation who support disadvantaged young people from the Blyth area to encourage participation and community integration. Artist Lindsay Duncanson worked with the young people to produce a short film about their town, teaching them how to record, edit and mix sound and video. The young people guided Lindsay around Blyth, discussing their thoughts about the town and their experiences as a young person, which were shared as a short video.
The work created in Blyth was exhibited at our CORNERS of Europe event at CORNERS HQ on Saturday 14th May. This project will continue throughout 2016 and 2017 in Newcastle and Tees Valley.
This project is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.