Just a very quick post to let you know about a community project we worked on a while back in conjunction with the Aspex Gallery…
The Brook Club is a youth group based in the Central Community Hub in Somerstown (Portsmouth) that engages teens and pre-teens from the local area in social, sports, arts and other positive activities. The patience and understanding of the staff is incredible, as they carefully offer a safe play/meeting space and win the trust of their members, putting themselves in a position to offer guidance and counselling if it should be requested.
I was asked if I would work with the group over a number of sessions to design and then handprint a poster to both advertise their good work and to serve as a takehome project for participants – “Look Mum, I made this today!”
Holding the attention of the group proved to be quite a challenge, and competing with the karaoke machine and pool-table as an energy outlet would be tricky for most visiting activity leaders I’m sure – but I am pleased to say that when we actually printed the piece over two sessions, I managed to re-recruit almost everyone who had been a part of the design process.
I am very proud of the results and hope that some of those that helped out were inspired to get into printing or design or any other challenging creative pursuit as a result of these sort of activities that the Brook Club puts on for them… I’m extremely grateful to the Aspex gang for hooking me up – thanks!