This is a picture of the Dunham Massive! The young people are our volunteers, who are working with us to interpret the story of Haile Selassie’s visit to Dunham Massey. In the centre of the photo is Buzz, an elder from Manchester’s Rasta community, who has volunteered with me to develop the project. Here he is using dub poetry as a way of telling Haile Selassie’s 1938 speech to the League of Nations, while the young people listen to the acoustics in the Inner Courtyard at Dunham. A space they will soon perform in. The project’s aim is to use music and theatre as a way of engaging these young people with one of Dunham Massey’s stories, which they will creatively interpret for use at the property. A few facts about the project: Our young people vary from the age of 5 – 19. There are about 20 of them. Some were brought up in Rasta families, whose faith links them to Haile Selassie. Some of these young people were identified as being at risk of getting involved in gangs, because their families are/were. Early intervention may help them to lead more positive lives, and through volunteering at Dunham they are part of a fun, educational, creative activity. Some are just very interesting in music and drama, and live in Moss Side or Hulme. By working in partnership with Moss Side Fire Station, community artists, front line youth services, our local Rasta HQ, a community arts organisation and lots of lovely locals from the Moss Side and Hulme area of Manchester, we’ve opened up a big appetite for a very diverse volunteer and visitor audience at Dunham Massey, which we LOVE!
NTCities Pecha Kucha ( ペチャクチャ )• Pecha Kucha• Devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.• It has turned into a massive global celebration, inspiring creatives worldwide.• Draws its name from the Japanese term for "chit chat“• Simple presentation format: 20 images x 20 seconds.• Keeps presentations concise, and moving at a rapid pace.• http://www.pecha-kucha.org/• You have 30 seconds to explain who you are, what photo(s) show, and why inspiring VE/VR.
David Hockney exhibition opens in home city of BradfordThree huge pictures of a Yorkshire street scene created by Bradford-born artist David Hockneywent on display for the first time in the city (Sept 2011). The pictures reflect Hockneys love of theurban environment and the transformative power of seasonal change. Each measuring 27ft inlength, the photographs show the same 25 trees on a Bridlington street at three different times ofyear. The work has gone on show in a new exhibition at Salt Mills in Saltaire. The artwork, called25 trees between Bridlington School and Morrisons supermarket along Bessingby Road in theSemi-Egyptian style, show the same scene in summer, autumn and winter.