Future Fires 2014

Kayleigh Harper

Kayleigh chose to get involved with Future Fires because through the programme she hopes to expand her knowledge and experience of the charitable sector. She also believes it will enable her to increase her creative abilities and discover her overall artistic potential.

She finds that inspiration comes in many forms, often unexpected ones. Rather than choosing something specific, she tries to see opportunity in every moment of life. However, she is strongly influenced by an interest in psychology and the complexities of the human mind. She enjoys challenging her imagination and creativity by exploring the depths of mental illnesses.

The majority of her education and voluntary experience has been dedicated to the arts. Over the years she has performed for charities such as the NSPCC, coordinated and organised a variety of performance and media arts events and produced an atmospheric, immersive installation based on the symptoms and causes of post-traumatic amnesia.

Before I Fall is an exciting performance installation that delves into the causes and symptoms of depression. Through a series of workshops participants will learn and explore the central features of immersive theatre practices in order to create a story about people who deal with difficult and terrifying emotions. This project aims to boost participants’ self-confidence and self-esteem, raise awareness and better understanding of depression.

Before I Fall has been funded by the Bruntwood Seed Fund and the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund.

Contact’s Future Fires programme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, supports young emerging artists to plan and deliver their own community arts outreach projects in Greater Manchester through a tailored programme of training, mentoring and support.

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