WEEK 1 : 4th JUNE 2020
INTRODUCTIONS & WELLBEING WORKSHOP
In the first week, all the young artists came together with the five lead artists, Pure Potential Scotland, and the Scottish Youth Theatre team to get to know each other and play some games over Zoom. Young artists took part in their first wellbeing workshop, identifying what challenges to their wellbeing they might experience and becoming familiar with the language around mental health.
In addition, Scottish Youth Theatre sent materials boxes all over the country, providing each participant with everything they needed to make work through the masterclasses and provocations.
MASTERCLASS & PROVOCATION WITH NADINE AISHA JASSAT
Young artists worked with poet and activist Nadine Aisha Jassat, writing individually and as a group around wellbeing and artivism. As part of their provocation from Nadine, young artists wrote on postcards as gifts to themselves or to their communities.
MASTERCLASS & PROVOCATION WITH HEATHER MARSHALL
Theatre-maker Heather Marshall led a dynamic physical workshop, creating a space where young artists could explore issues that mattered to them. For their provocation, Heather had participants use tape to create legal graffiti in their communities, creating local interventions that spread their message.
Scottish Youth Theatre responded to queries from members of the public and authorities around their work wherever necessary.
MASTERCLASS & PROVOCATION WITH JACK STANCLIFFE
Sharing in the practice of participatory artist Jack Stancliffe, participants explored the unspoken rules that exist in the spaces they occupy. For their provocation, young artists created an intervention that pointed out and/or subverted the rules of the space they were working in.
MASTERCLASS & PROVOCATION WITH LILIAN PTÁCEK
Visual artist Lilian Ptáček offered young artists the opportunity to take a walk along a route in their neighbourhood and to create a map so that others might take the same walk. Using salt dough, artists sculpted ‘tokens’ to leave along their route as gifts for anyone who took the walk.
Lilian also led participants through a robust way of articulating their responses to each other’s artwork, giving feedback and sharing multiple perspectives.
MASTERCLASS & PROVOCATION WITH ROSS MACKAY
Visual theatre-maker Ross MacKay led participants through a workshop that had joy at its centre – using the imagination to see the mundane differently. For their provocation, young artists used model railway figures to create micro-installations as a gift for their local community and as a gift for the peer community they’d built through Quaranteen.
Coming together with Scottish Youth Theatre staff, the young artists reflected on their journeys and worked towards a group definition of artivism based on their explorations with the lead artists. Together, the group devised their own provocation for independent work and came back together to share those independent works with each other.
CURATION & RESILIENCE TRAINING
Having each completed a unique body of work, the young artists consulted with our web designer, taking ownership of how their work was exhibited and curated for the public.
Participants attended a Resilience Session with Carolyn Wood from Pure Potential Scotland, each reflecting on the project and identifying their own strengths for navigating mental health challenges beyond the project.
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