Partners: Open Youth Venue, The Matthew Project
About the project:
Young people spent 12 weeks researching, learning, reflecting, thinking and testing ideas to create a multi-media installation that gave the public insight on how they see and experience the world they live in today.
“Perspective” was exhibited in The Mall, Norwich, between in January 2011 and explored the themes of Perception, Identity and Place inviting the public to come in, walk round and experience their films, animations, photography, projections and three-dimensional designs.
Funded by Mediabox, Culture Works teamed up with the Open Youth Venue and The Matthew Project to work on the original application and design, project manage and deliver the vocationally based programme with a wide range of delivery modes, access routes and ways for involvement including a Creative Workshop programme, training, 1-2-1 support, master classes and youth led activity.
Highly skilled and inspirational CW Creative Associates worked with participants to explore a range of media including film, animation, audio and print. Experienced youth arts specialists, trainers and Arts Award advisers worked with participants so that they could form a Production Group to design, create and exhibit the installation for the public.
“Perspective” provided innovative opportunities for 30 disadvantaged young people that explores issues and themes they identified as important to them. Participants were able to develop all the creative and technical skills required to bring their ideas to life while also giving them the chance to get their voices heard in the community, to participate in decision making, showcase their talents, develop life-long skills, improved personal and social skills and explore potential career pathways within the creative industries. Open approached Culture Works to gain experience and insight so they could deliver similar projects in the future giving Open users increased access to their facilities.
What they thought:
“I am happy to be part of this project because it makes me feel like I’m not alone in the community and it stretching my mind and making me think forward.”
“I couldn’t believe what we could do. We said it was impossible, but it was possible.”
“I have learnt lots of things about animation ‘cos I want to pursue a career in animation and this has given me a really good feel of things.”
“The Matthew Project has supported Perspective with specialist drug and alcohol support in order to promote discussions around drug awareness, staying safe and reducing harm. Perspective has enabled our clients to engage in positive activities, meet new people and be able to talk to workers in an informal environment. They have been given the opportunity to creatively express themselves and address some of the issues they face using a variety of media.” Sophie Neech, Youth Team Manager for The Matthew Project