Hello and welcome to our pitch for......
Leegate Arts Project
An intergenerational art project with young and elderly local resiedents to develop a community exhibition within a rundown shopping centre in Lee Green, London to help revitalise the area and improve relations between young people and elders after the recent riots.
Having received funding from Lewisham council through a pilot scheme & 39;Repurpose& 39; to utilise empty shops for creative projects we are looking to raise further funds of £750 to support the project. £350 of this will come from a music fundraiser we are organising within the community to encourage promotion of the project in the local ward and raise greater interest in the project. The other £400 we hope to raise with your kind support and generosity through this pitch!
Leegate Arts project will run for 2 months bringing 12-20 local elderly residents and young people together twice a week within the run down shopping centre of Leegate, transforming an empty shop into a creative art studio for 7 weeks and then into a temporary gallery for 1 week to showcase the project and exhibit an exhibition of prints and one off printed products. Creative workshops will guide the group on a journey of exploring life experiences, exisiting skills and personal knowledge about the local area. They will express their feelings about Leegate shopping centre and local neighbourhood to find connections in their lives and see the area from a different perspective.
Throughout the project the group will work closely with a collective of specialist creatives formed of visual artists, journalists, graphic designers and spoken word artists. The project will create a range of fertile partnerships bringing together a wide range of specialist creative practitioners who will form a collective and collaborate in developing, supporting and delivering the project and fundraiser.
The first two weeks of the project will introduce the group to printmaking processes such as lino, screen printing and mono print and offer a chance to get to know one another. They will then embark on their own personal projects by working in pairs, one young person and one elder together to find out more about each other through visual documentation and creative writing. This will allow time for relationships to build and strengthen and for different perspectives of the local area to be explored.
As well as using printmaking processes the group will learn how to take photographs, develop their writing and interview skills and explore graphic design and publishing. The project will develop organically allowing the group to develop their visual explorations utlising the processes they engage with and enjoy the most. We will then work together to create a publication as a graphic newspaper documenting the journey of the project and their relationships and perspectives and plan the final exhibition of prints and printed products.
Wider aims and objectives of the project
Our choice of Leegate stems from an interest in delivering community projects within our local ward and borough. Myself and Thulani are currently engaged in a number of community programmes in East and South West London, but very little within Lewisham. Leegate has been struggling in terms of economic health for some time and we feel that it is very important to support the revival of our local area. As artists and educators we want to offer more arts activities within Lee Green for local communities and residents, increasing accessibility by bringing the arts to all. We are also very focused upon building new relations within our local community with businesses, community groups, young people and arts organisations. It has been our ambition to create a platform for bringing a range of creative people together as an informal collective offering an extensive range of experience and knowledge within the creative arts for some time. The project offers the opportunity to begin this collective and to support local creatives in their ambitions.
As well as new connections being made within the artistic community of Lewisham the project will also make connections with local institutions such as Lewisham College and Leegate community project to find young people who would be interested in learning more about running community arts projects. Our reasoning for this is a desire to mentor local young people in suporting different aspects of the project such as running workshops, setting up an exhibition, working with community groups and managing creative projects. In a sense this will be an informal apprenticeship. The collective of practitioners will also mentor arts students from Lewisham college and young people from the Lee Green Community Centre.
The owners of Leegate have also expressed an interest in the visual outcomes of the project becoming part of a current proposal to improve some of the office and shop facias in the shopping centre with artworks. We therefore hope that some of the visual outcomes will be created into larger more permanent exterior artworks to encourage the intergenerational group to feel more community ownership over the improvement of the shopping centre.
Leegate Arts Project aims to...
- Offer access to the arts for local residents who may not normally have the opportunity
- Strengthen relationships between younger and elder generations
- Create a welcoming create art studio for the participants
- Offer the opportunity to learn new skills and pass on knowledge
- Create a range of fertile partnerships within the area for artist, busisnesses, organisations, community groups and local residents
- Utilise an empty shop, create activity within a run down area and support the revivial of the shopping centre
- Develop new social networks
- Support a developing arts scene in a vibrant one
- Increase economic health for local artists, businesses and organisations
- Support local schools and colleges by utlising volunteers and offering a mentoring scheme
Funding this Pitch
With your help raising £400 towards the project will help to give money towards:
- Materials for the workshops
- Tables, chairs and furniture to create our welcoming art studio
- Printing the final publication of the project
- Setting up the final exhibition
We hope you feel as excited about the project as we do, thank you for taking the time to read the pitch and we hope you can donate towards the Leegate Arts Project.
Hannah and Thulani