Creative Engagement with Young People in Claremont and Weaste

During September and October, The Lowry and Salford Integrated Youth Support Service Detached Youth Team worked together with young people on 2 exciting creative engagement projects.

A 5 week digital art and drama project funded by Claremont & Weaste Community Committee saw young people create comics and films.

The weekly sessions took place on the Youth Bus in the Willows area where young people are known to gather and culminated in 2 sessions at The Lowry. Artists Lee Brennan and Luke Tennant worked with IYSS staff and up to 40 young people aged between 11-16yrs. The young people took part in photography, animation, digital art and drama sessions exploring their interests and issues that matter to them.

The sessions were designed to encourage the young people to be creative, to express themselves positively and identify activities they enjoyed doing.  By focusing on digital arts and drama, the young people gained skills in computer animation, comic-design, story-boarding, film making and editing, communication, team work and self-expression.

Over the course of the weeks, the young people produced comics and short films which shows what they enjoyed doing over the summer and what they liked about activities offered by the Youth Service. One or two of the comics explored the young people’s self –identity.

The second project was run in partnership with the Dance Touring Partnership. Young people engaged in 6 sessions of contemporary dance with Lowry freelancer Clare Fildes.  They developed their own choreography inspired by ‘Out of the Shadow’, a show by dance company Nobulus.

The young people met members of the cast at The Lowry on 15 November and performed their dance in the Quays bar area before watching Out of the Shadow.

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