Jessica Collings, from Legacy Trust UK came to work from the Livity offices for an afternoon and writes about her experiences meeting projects and organisations like somewhereto_ and Livity that Legacy Trust UK have funded.
Legacy Trust UK has funded programmes across the UK to create a legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and somewhereto_ is no exception.
As communications and marketing assistant at Legacy Trust UK I spend a lot of time sharing the inspiring news of our projects, which means that I am always coming across great stories about the involvement of young people.
Recently, I’ve been able to get out and about and experience this on the ground. In October I visited a somewhereto_ project in the West Midlands that we were filming for a video case study (to be released soon!). There I met Terence, the West Midlands co-ordinator, and Ophee, a young man who had turned his life around thanks to somewhereto_.
Ophee’s story before somewhereto_ involved getting in trouble and having brushes with the law. Now, he is leading regular football coaching sessions with children at his somewhereto _ space (pitches at a leisure centre) and training for a professional qualification. It was a long day, filming outdoors in the wet and cold, but Ophee was happy to oblige. The positive relationship that he had with Terence was clear to see.
We chose Ophee as an example of the work that our programmes are doing with young people of all backgrounds, up and down the UK. I was also able to visit Blaze in the North West, a Legacy Trust UK project that has helped young people to produce their own festivals and gain real life work experience in the creative industries. The young people I have met have developed a confidence and sense of direction that it is impossible not to admire.
One thing I often hear from our youth orientated programmes is how much the participants value the respect and responsibility they are given by the project co-ordinators. Handing ownership of a project to young people shows faith in their ability and it is a powerful tool.
Today I am visiting Livity HQ, where somewhereto_ calls home. It’s clear to see where this youth leadership angle has come from – it is ingrained in everything they do. In a bustling, bright space (“office” would be a misleading noun), young people are coming and going, creating and informing. I realise that I’ve become an unofficial participant: after all, they’ve just given me somewhereto_blog.
So crew, consider yourself an artiste? Artistically inclined? Visionary? Creatively minded? If you answered yay to any of the above, then you need to get involved with the somewhereto_ touring art exhibition (with media partner The Skinny); which will be hitting Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool later on this year.
We are on the hunt for the next generation of artists and curators to take the creative helm of this once in a lifetime travelling arts show in conjunction with Legacy Trust UK.
The Skinny, Scotland’s leading, free independent arts and listings magazine and website that has teamed up with us to present you, yes you, with this fantastic opportunity. Depending on your interests you can either help to curate a show or if you’re an artist, have your show exhibited.
As a curator, you would be bringing your passion and vision to a curatorial team of other young curators to select artwork and build a cohesive collection, and decide upon the arrangement of the artwork. As an artist, you would have the chance to showcase and promote your work.
In addition, proposals are being accepted from a diverse range of styles including digital media and performances.
Not only is this an incredible platform (this exhibition will feature alongside The Skinny’s own arts exhibition), you will gain experience and mentoring from experienced professionals, online exposure, and have the pleasure of saying that you have worked on a project supported by the Legacy Trust UK and Channel 4.
So what you waiting for? Click here to find out more, apply to be a curator and get involved!
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Every month, the residents of Sharrow, Sheffield get together for a cook-along…
Sheffield draws students from all over the world to come and study at its universities, but sometimes it’s easy for international students to get lost amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. Yat-Fai, as part of the international student support team at Sheffield Hallam University and an international student herself, introduced monthly cooking events for everyone in Sharrow to attend, to make new friends and get cooking! With this idea in mind Yat-Fai needed a space to accomodate her fellow cooks!
“We have particularly enjoyed the themed cuisines that the cook-alongs offer. As a result, students have the chance to cook something new and learn more about the different dishes around the world. Also, the interactivity of the sessions where our students help to cook the meals with local people, really helps to build on the students’ confidence and helps them to practice their English.”
somewhereto_ were on hand to help and found Yat-Fai a large space with a kitchen and eating area for the Sharrow residents to get cooking.
somewhereto_ were able to secure three performance spots at T4 on the Beach, performing at the same event as some great celebs…
Our talented somewhereto_ young people, Natalie May, Cleo Sol and RoxXxan were amongst stars such as Katy B, Jason Derulo and Dappy!
The day was an incredible success and the audience was really lively and so supportive of our new acts! See the action here.
Since last year’s T4 on the Beach our performers have gone on to do some incredible things with the success and support they had;
Natalie May who already has her own charity called ‘The Mad Experience’, is starting her own jewellery line and just released a new single called Sunshine - check it out here, Cleo Sol has just had a single out called never the right time and find RoxXxan’s new single here!
“I’d never been to T4 on the Beach before and it was so much fun, the fact that I got to perform on top of seeing all these amazing acts was an absolute dream come true!” - Cleo Sol, 21, London @CleoSol
“I’m amazed! I had the most amazing day, it couldn’t have been better and it’s all thanks to somewhereto_!” - RoxXxan, 23, London @ROtripleX