The following photos document Out of the Box, an Arts Council England funded participatory arts programme managed and delivered in partnership with ceramics artist Judith Davies. The aim of Out of the Box was to open discussions with several youth groups living across Gateshead about how they would like to live, what they would change about their areas, and what was most important to them in a community.
The following images document the Set The Sails project, a participatory arts programme produced by The Cultural Spring leading up to the arrival of the Tall Ships fleet in 2018. I worked with 2 community groups over 6 months to experiment with techniques of ship building and propulsion, and supported each group to build their own model ships to be displayed in Sunderland city centre in both a Tall Ships parade and an project exhibit.
While the youth group decided to build individual boats from recycled materials working from plans and mood boards they drew up themselves, the church group opted for a more ambitious approach!
Left: The Rolla Lampa, made in collaboration with Gabriel, aged 8.
Below: Bubble Hat, made in collaboration with Ryan, aged 8.
These makes were a part of the Little Inventors programme, now working internationally to inspire the next generation of makers.