Notions of Identity
An Arts Program Working with Young People
A programme of arts activities for young people devised and delivered in partnership with South Bucks District Council. The project aims to provide young people an opportunity to work with an artist and film-maker the group will produce a short documentary film, radio interviews for broadcast, create text and a collection of portraits that explore the lives and identities of young people. This work will culminate in an exhibition to be held in the gallery at the end of the project.
During the summer holidays a group of young people aged 12 - 18 years met twice a week in the Flux Gallery taking part in various arts activities e.g., film, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, mask-making and text focussed on Notions of Identity. This work raised a number of questions:
- how they saw themselves in today's world?
- how life is for them?
- how much can we achieve in our lives without perseverance?
- how the arts can have a vital role in helping young people to engage with each other and their communities?
Sometimes we are faced with a task that seems impossible. But if we persevere, we may be surprised at what we can achieve. Perseverance is one of the keys to success. In the short film made by the young people they use the story of the Rabbit and the Turtle as an example.
Notions of Identity is designed to help young people achieve their potential and realise their talents and capacities so that they can use them to benefit themselves and the community around them. This is done through engaging them in study, discussions and through the use of the arts.
Notions of Identity exhibition of work by the young people was held in the Flux Gallery 4th – 8th October opening times to be arranged. Check website for details.
Young people, aged 12 - 15 years meet on a Thursday evening in the Flux Gallery 6 - 8pm.
Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self, in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned.
Nothing more exhilarating than saving yourself by the simple act of waking
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
VISION OF PEACE - Peace Poster Contest 2010
Lions Club Worldwide sponsor an annual Peace Poster Contest for children aged 11 to 13 from schools and organised youth groups. The children are asked to draw, paint or sketch a poster which is their interpretation of the theme which this year is "Vision of Peace". The aim of the competition is to allow students to share their unique image of peace with others so that we may all have greater tolerance and international understanding and to provide schools with the opportunity to discuss with their students the true importance of peace.
In addition to the international competition there is a local competition for younger children aged 7 to 10 with winning entries going forward to a Lion's District competition.
The four entries displayed here have been submitted by students from Beechwood School, Slough. The winning entry is by Charly Clark aged 13, with Leigh Reid, aged 13 highly commended. Charly's entry will now go forward to the next stage of the competition. The overall winner of the International competition will receive $2500, an engraved plaque and a trip with two family members to a special Lions Award Ceremony in New York City.