Future Fires 2011
Creating masks to explore issues with young people
Take Shape used masks as a primary tool to give young people the opportunity to explore issues surrounding the regeneration of their locality. By passing on new skills and exploring common themes, the project aimed to increase confidence and communication.
Over three months, young people aged 12 – 16 from Miles Platting and Collyhurst participated in weekly workshops that explored a range of art forms. These included beat boxing, mask making and performance, along with West African and street dance. They also travelled to see two theatre performances.
Take Shape culminated in a final performance where participants showed their devised mask work and performed a West African dance accompanied by live drumming.
Katherine currently works as an Artis Specialist leader, facilitating holistic performing arts sessions to primary school children. Additionally she works as a project manager and artist for Doncaster Community Arts, instigating a programme of arts activity in an ex-mining community.
“The programme helped me in my career progression by providing the opportunity to gain the project management experience I needed to be able to move into my chosen field. It gave me understanding of different processes and skills involved in successful management of a project, which has been invaluable in making a success of my current role as a project manager and artist.”