Oral History Project
Genre: Oral History Project
Funder: Heritage Lottery Fund, BMDC, Ilkley Literature Festival
From 1965 to 1980 many Black and Asian children in Bradford were ‘Bussed Out’ to schools that were miles away from their homes.
Artworks Creative Communities wants to record the experiences of people who were part of Bradford’s Bussing Out story, whether as schoolchildren, teachers, or workers on the buses.
Listen to the BBC Radio Leeds feature on the Bussing Out project:
Watch the BBC News report on the Bussing Out project:
Read the Telegraph and Argus article on the Bussing Out project:
The Living Stories Project
Childrens Storytelling Project
When: 30/08/2016 - 11/10/2016
Genre: Childrens Storytelling Project
Venue: The Gateway Centre, Ravenscliffe
As part of this project we worked with various groups at The Gateway Centre, Ravenscliffe. Artist and Storyteller Irene Lofthouse worked with families to create an original story inspired by Cliff Castle. Attending different weekly sessions Irene and visual artist Kayleigh Wright worked with other groups to make props and lanterns to be used and displayed at Listers Lanterns Parade on the 8th October 2016.
The families involved in making the story performed during the day outside Cartwright Hall.
Funder: Media Trust, Cooperative Fund
Partner: Bradford College, The National Media Museum, Horton Housing, Bradford Action for Community Care, Primesight, Fabric and Bradford Council.
The Hidden Voices project aimed to use creative techniques to:
- Give a voice to the homeless community of Bradford through digital and other media
- Raise awareness of homelessness issues
- Challenge stereotypes around homelessness
‘Hidden Voices’ was a continuation of Artworks’ work with people who have experienced homelessness. We had previously run a poetry and photography project which resulted in a book of poems called “Forgotten” and had been awarded Highly Commended status in the 2010 Charity Awards for this work.
The initial project idea was suggested by a service user who approached us because he had found creative writing a useful way to build his confidence and wanted to share the experience with other service users. The project ran over a number of years and participants gained confidence and skills through participating in creative writing, animation, photography, IT and digital media. Participants were given further support by Bradford College staff and students who acted as digital mentors. Digital images created by participants were displayed in prominent billboard sites around Bradford City Centre. A final publication, Hidden Voices, was produced documenting the project.
To download a copy of Hidden Voices please click here
To download a copy of Forgotten please click here
The project worked with over 70 participants, achieving some fantastic outcomes. Many of those involved have dramatically changed their lives and situations for the better. Due to increased confidence leading to a more positive outlook on life and changes in their behaviour enabling them to break the cycle of homelessness three participants found employment and one moved out of a hostel into his own flat.
G and A, two participants on the project, have made huge changes to their lives as a result of being involved. G has now set up his own lottery funded support service and A has found employment with a homeless hostel and has developed a game, ‘Square One’ to encourage tenancy sustainment which Artworks worked with him to fund and develop.
I wanted a voice, and through these billboards I have got a voice. Now I’ve got funding to set up my own street paper in Bradford, written by homeless people for homeless people. Participant
Last year was a remarkable one for me. I started the year homeless, and now I’ve got so many projects going on. It’s just all about the journey really. Participant
Whether the finished product is intended to be temporary or permanent, involvement in the creation of public art can empower individuals by giving them an opportunity to feel that they can have a real, tangible impact on their local environment.
Artworks has engaged a wide range of groups in the creation of public art; from children attending nursery school, through to older members of the community who attend a local crown green bowling club. We have worked to ensure that the voices of those who may often feel under-represented, such as those with experience of homelessness, are heard.
Artforms we have used have included stone carving, chainsaw sculpture, billboard art, poetry cut from metal, mosaic and graffiti art.
Engaging communities in creating work
- For some participants the idea of creating a piece of work that will be seen by a large audience is very daunting. By using a range of non-threatening techniques for engagement, consultation and participation Artworks helps to break down barriers and help people to get involved in creating something really special.
Finding the right artform
- Artworks uses a range of different artforms to produce its public art, and creates work which is both sensitive to the local environment and reflects the message the work is intended to deliver.
Ensuring a high quality piece of work
- Over the years Artworks has developed a strong team of artists and suppliers who can deliver innovative projects to the highest standard, on time and within budget.
Celebrating the success of the project
- For many participants it is important to have the opportunity to celebrate their involvement in creating a piece of public art. Artworks achieves this through celebratory launch events, and by publicising the work through local, regional and social media.
Please see the list of our current and past projects below for examples of our work.
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