June 2021 Newsletter
Welcome to our July newsletter, brought to you in the bittersweet aftermath of one of our most thrilling national sporting moments. Football might not be your thing, but it seems we can all celebrate this remarkable group of young men who have shared highly personal stories of their ascent to professional stardom and the staggering commitment required not just by themselves but mothers, sisters, mentors and coaches. We may not have brought the cup home but the strong message the team sent to the country for the vision of an inclusive and diverse society is the win we’re holding onto.
On the theme of personal stories, our Project Co-ordinator and Volunteer Manager, Ricardo, recently attended Thursday Club when the children visited artists Jane Lancashire and Gil Mualem-Doron’s powerful ‘Message in a Bottle‘ exhibition produced by SEAS, exploring migration. Ricardo shared his experience of leaving Spain to move to the UK aged only 16 through a Q&A, prompting the children to ask what he missed most about Spain, why he moved here and to write messages to people who are thinking of moving to Britain, advising them what they should know about our country. Don’t walk along the seafront with an unguarded bag of chips?
Zines and DIY Publishing Power at Dorothy Stringer School
Happy International Zines Month! We’ve been working in partnership with Future Creators to launch a new zine library at Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton. 35 students from year 7 – 9 worked with graphic designer & artist Sally Woodcock and journalist & film maker Delia Chandler to create their own unique DIY publications for distribution amongst friends, staff and families. Through a series of creative workshops that shared the powerful cultural history of self-publishing, the students designed their own zines featuring cut and paste collaging and doodling techniques. Their final publications range from the political to the personal and surreal to satirical, addressing themes and topics that were important to them. The zine library will be digitised later this year where you’ll find issues as diverse as LGBTQIA+, anti-racism, claustrophobia, football, pets, vampire tv shows and ‘the special zine of randomness’ (!) curated within the collection. We had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the students including;
“I enjoyed how creative the project was and I realised how creative I can be”
“I enjoyed the fact that we could make the zines about anything and that its public.”
“I liked how creative the project was and I always looked forward to letting go of the day’s stress when I came”
We can’t wait to see the digitised library go live and look forward to sharing it with you in the near future.
Eastbourne After School Club sharing
Back in May we shared news of a project that our club members at Bourne Primary School in Eastbourne were working on, using photography and collage making to explore their personal identities and unique character traits. Workshop leader Luke Ofield and photographer Elizabeth Doak helped the club members capture themselves in word and visual form to then translate into prose and poetry, while filmmaker Lucas Orme documented the process throughout. We hosted a screening of the film to the club members, their families, carers and teachers when the children also received their Discover Arts Awards supported in a large part through our work with them. We wanted to share the film with you too, revealing the project to be conspicuously good fun throughout.
Save the date! Tuesday Club taster session at The Bevy, 27th July
We’ve been running a free After School Club at Moulsecoomb Primary School on Tuesday afternoons for a number of years, welcoming pupils in years 3 – 6 (age 7 – 11) from the local area including those from Coldean and Bevendean Primary Schools. Like all Little Green Pig After School Clubs, our workshop leaders and volunteer story mentors work with the children on fun and inspirational activities that invite them to be curious and confident with words in all writing forms from story writing to poetry, journalism to graphic novel illustration and without the pressure of attaining grades or achieving standards. Tuesday Club will be starting again in the new academic year and to offer local children the opportunity to get a taste of what they can expect, we’re running a summer taster session at community hub, The Bevy, on Tuesday 27th July from 3:30pm to 4:45pm. With the return to the classroom imminent, we’ll also be scheduling a trip in August to a local farm to spark our new club members’ imaginations in the great outdoors. Do share amongst your Moulsecoomb, Bevendean and Coldean community networks so we can reach as many children as possible; our work is always free to access to make sure none of our next generation creatives miss out.
To register interest, email [email protected] or text/call 01273 457 758.
Happy July! We live in hope that we’ll be reaching for Stevie Wonder’s seminal album rather than channelling our inner Tina Turner’s lament against the rain.