In August 2013, during the Whitworth Weekending festival young people were invited into a space called ‘The Chat Room’ designed to encourage conversation. The festival provided a unique opportunity to start gathering responses to the question ‘How do you connect with art?’
People could draw visual responses to the question direct onto the walls or record their thoughts through spoken word facilitated by artist and sound sculptor Jason Singh.
We wanted to capture what young people thought about creativity and the arts through a film that explored the question in more detail. Artist and facilitator Vicky Clarke was appointed to lead and manage the project and was initially interested in breaking down the question by gathering group perceptions of the Whitworth, Circuit and the opportunities they both bring.
Working alongside filmmaker Jody Hartley, Vicky wanted to provide the young people with some visioning parameters of what could be achieved and devised creative activity and discussion points that documented the different ways that young people connect with art, around the words… Think, Feel, Do and Future.
Participating groups included, Moss Side Powerhouse, RathboneCollege, Trinity House young women’s group, ODD Theatre Company, MYUK Manchester Hub, Sat’dy Allsorts (Z arts) and Projecks MCR Skatepark.
The sound track to our film was created by young people from Sat’dy Allsorts, Z arts who once again worked with sound sculptor Jason Singh and wordsmith Martin Stannage aka MC Visceral.
Our film captures a snapshot of the conversations with young people to date which we will use to build future programme.