Welcome to our April newsletter which we hope finds you as lifted as we are! With our Brighton based club members returning to regular after school workshops, our Eastbourne and Worthing clubs building to their project finales and our BrightSTAR residency at West Blatchington kicking back into action, it feels so heartening to be able to come together, face to face, with the children, young people and story mentor volunteers we’ve missed so much.
In other good news, while we navigate an uncertain financial future, Little Green Pig’s work has been endorsed with a grant from the second round of Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund, supporting creative industries across the city with their #HereForCulture agenda. As one of many successful organisations in receipt of the grant, it forms a vital element of Brighton & Hove City Council’s economic recovery with the ABCD for Cultural Recovery Plan. The plan identifies various elements of the local economy that can be supported through the creative use of spaces, deploying cultural practitioners in new ways and empowering local communities to be part of the cultural offering. LGP Director, Nicky Crabb, will sit on the Creative Communities Working Group tasked with creating a local event infrastructure and we could not be more thrilled to be at the nub of the city’s next chapter.
Amplified is back! And we’re looking for participants…
After a long wait since our postponed return to the stage at Brighton Festival 2020, we are once again recruiting young people who want to tell their stories and share their experiences of overcoming challenges, what they care about or even musings on the craziness of the past year and what it could mean for their future. Participants will work with Little Green Pig Chair and Senior Scriptwriter for Eastenders, Pete Lawson; playwright and LGP trustee, Suhayla El Bushra; and poet and educator, MC and theatre maker, Adam Kammerling, over a number of sessions mentoring them to tease out their narratives and grow their confidence to share their stories on stage. Amplified was first programmed as part of Brighton Festival 2019 with some of the most powerful contributions we’ve been privileged to give a platform to including that from Naqeeb on the crushing insecurities of being a refugee from Afghanistan, from Paige on living with neurodiversity and celebrating being autistic and from Joss on being a wheelchair user and the preconceptions of others around him. The event reached a live audience of 140 and while this year, attendance will be somewhat scaled back, it promises to be an equally moving and life-affirming event.
With thanks to University of Brighton for funding the event, Amplified will take place on Sunday 23rd May at Brighton Girls School. To book, please visit the Brighton Festival website.
Last month we shared news that incoming Learning and Engagement Manager, Nikki Shaill, had been working with members of the after school clubs to populate her laboratory of monsters and mythical beasts, the Originarium. Our plucky other-world naturalists have now had their creatures curated within the Dog and Bone Gallery, the smallest arts venue in Brighton housed in two telephone boxes in Powis Square and on show until the end of April.
Nikki bumped into Lily and Archie from our Monday club who had come to meet their creations and we’d urge you to make it along for a visit too, but if for any reason, you are worried the menagerie may escape, you can meet the beasts from a distance through this short documentary of the dastardly beings.
One animal that wasn’t fazed was the resident Powis Square cat who came to wish our departing Learning & Engagement Manager, Adam Webb, the best for his forthcoming adventures.
We look forward to welcoming Adam back later in the year when he’ll be back running projects and residencies as one of our workshop leaders. Meantime, bon voyage, Adam!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to our trustees who contribute so much energy, specialist knowledge, advocacy and unswerving support across all elements of Little Green Pig’s delivery and organisational strategy; we honestly couldn’t do what we do without you! And so it is that we bid a fond farewell to two members of the board – our longest serving trustee; journalist, author and educator Araminta Hall and content writer & design business supremo Rich Ford.
As much as their boots will be impossibly hard to fill, we’re on the lookout for members of the local community with a passion for empowering creativity in young people, the written word and a savviness to help drive Little Green Pig forward through our next chapter honouring our vision, mission and values. We’re particularly looking for people with sound experience of the education sector (children, young people and safeguarding), equality, diversity and inclusion, business, fundraising and marketing.
Please share our call out far and wide so that we can reach as many diverse networks as possible. Application packs are on our website which you can access here.
Lydia from our Thursday club has participated in the audio trail HERSTORYwhich runs from Saturday 1st May to Sunday 23rd May as part of the Brighton Festival. HERSTORY invites you to listen to the personal accounts of lockdown and the impact the curious void brought for girls and women across the city who are often hidden and unheard. Lydia’s story is truly moving; how she’s latched on to a toy, Waddles, won through an art competition who would have usually only been kept close for a few days, lost family members and found a new intimacy with her mum and brother. It’s a window into the highs, lows and sensitivities that lockdown has uncovered and a gem of social history worthy of preservation for our future selves.
You can access www.herstorytrail.com from 1st May; produced by Arch 468, Brighton Festival and Lighthouse, with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and additional funds from Brandwatch.
How brilliant to see everything opening up with so many wonderful opportunities to inspire us over the coming weeks, enjoy!