We Are Here! is a year-long film project engaging with young people aged 12 plus across the city, sharing thoughts on creativity and provoking discussion about arts venues, spaces and arts programming for young people from all backgrounds.
We are excited to have local professional film maker Ben Harriott and Creative Engagement Manager Bo Olawoye working with young people in Nottingham's diverse communities, encouraging them to share their thoughts on creativity and how they feel arts venues and spaces can be more open and accessible to all of Nottingham's young people.
This project reflects ChalleNGe's core values - as a partnership of arts organisations, we want to collaborate, listen and learn - working more closely with youth organisations and community groups to open up opportunities to those who may not currently engage with our arts venues, but who express their creativity in other ways. What needs to change? How is creative expression evolving? Where do you create?
We can work flexibly with you, as an individual or representative of a youth organisation, so please get involved by emailing Bo at firstname.lastname@example.org subject line 'We are Here!' or sign up on the link and we'll get back to you soon.
Bo and Ben will visit community groups to meet young people and find out their thoughts on creativity and arts venues, spaces and arts programming for young people in Nottingham. Here's a sample of the questions they ask:
We're keen for young people to take part as we really believe that the voices of young people in Nottingham need to be heard.
We've been filming with young people and these are some of the things they've told us so far:
"We want a space where we can just use equipment (film, cameras) and just create something - without it being part of a project."
"Arts spaces should give young people a day or a few hours in their venue that is just for them."
And about the filming session with Bo and Ben "....that was amazing"
A short clip from our filming. Here Iman tells us how she keeps positive about her creative abilities.