Boys Will Be Boys

by Homefront project in Ferndown, Dorset, United Kingdom

Boys Will Be Boys
We did it
On 15th October 2021 we successfully raised £2,535 with 31 supporters in 41 days

* to normalise & positively change perceptions about boys in ballet * to highlight the multi-dimensional aspects of male identity/interests

by Homefront project in Ferndown, Dorset, United Kingdom

Boys Will Be Boys - masculinity on pointe  

LAUNCH EVENT SAT 16th OCT 7.45pm - 10pm - Lighthouse Poole

Portraits of more than 40 male ballet dancers, by multi-award-winning photographer, Jayne Jackson.  The project documents different interests and identities of the teen and pre-teen boys.

The work explores male identity in a poignant and positive series, where a large and varied group of skaters, footballers, musicians, tennis and basketball players are united by their love for ballet.  It challenges the toxic notion that boys interests should be limited to stereotypically male norms and behaviours, which is harmful to men and society as a whole.  In a world where ‘advertising, pop culture, and now toxic imagery is more accessible to young people through social media….young men are constantly confronted by toxic male culture and images of what it is to 'be a man'’ (Children’s Society 2021).  Positive representation is essential for empowering children to grow up and be who they want to be, unfazed by out-dated gender stereotypes.

Dance Principle, Natalie Pearl, who was awarded the 2020 RAD Project B Award for Innovation winner for teaching of Male Dance, explained ‘Here we are in 2021 how can we still be surrounded by out-dated stereotypes and stigma about boys? Boys will be Boys celebrates everything that is so incredible about boys dancing.  The power and strength of a generation of boys for whom dance is their passion on so many levels. My boys from First Position School of Dance and I are honoured to be a part of this awe inspiring and much needed project.’

The images are to be shown at Top Floor Gallery Lighthouse, Poole, from 18th October until end November 2021 as solo exhibition, to coincide with National Boys Dance Day on 23rd October.

Exhibition details:

Funds raised will be used towards production and exhibition costs for a variety of captivating, colour portraits & a short film. These will be shown as a solo exhibition, to coincide with National Boys Dance Day, Lighthouse Poole, Sept/Oct2021.  As we hope to produce an accompanying book. 

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Photographer BIO - Jayne Jackson is a multi- award-winning social-action, dance & theatrical  photographer & change-maker.

Her personal work, has been featured by The BBC, Radio 5Live and The Independent, as well as shown in a variety of exhibitions and publications,  all aimed at positive social change.

"I strongly feel that photography can be a powerful tool for good.  I am extremely motivated in that respect. 

My personal work is centred around empowerment,  promoting mental health & equality. I often work with charities, for example, Mind, Dorset Mind, STARS Dorset.  

I’m also a volunteer and Trustee for The Shine Project, which empowers and supports teenage lives.  

‘Boys will be Boys’ is my latest creation, combining both of my talents in social action and dance photography. It is an uplifting set of beautiful images or talented individuals, I feel privileged to have documented"

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Project backer

A thank you name listing as project backer at the exhibition (October/November 2021)

£40 or more

15 of 30 claimed

Super supporter

*Family ticket to the exhibition preview launch *one copy of the 'Boys will be boys' book (printing dependent on reaching full target)

£75 or more

2 of 40 claimed

VIP Supporter

*Family VIP ticket to the exhibition launch (including a soft drink voucher) *two signed copies of the 'Boys will be boys' book and limited edition postcards *a dedication message inside the publication (printing dependent on reaching full target)

£220 or more

0 of 10 claimed

VIP supporter plus

*Family VIP ticket to the exhibition launch (including a soft drink voucher) *two signed copies of the 'Boys will be boys' book and limited edition postcards *a dedication message inside the publication * A photoshoot with Jayne Jackson (including images) (printing dependent on reaching full target)

£1,500 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Corporate Supporter

* Sponsorship of the 8-week Lighthouse Poole exhibition (logo of banner/media etc) * Sponsor details in the book * online / social media 'thank you' posts, tags etc * 20 copies of the Boys will be Boys book * A signed print of your choice from the project

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