Inspired by our creative arts project with the Wellcome Collection, Hearing the Voice – a project at Durham University – is working with myself and Mary Robson to host a series of ‘Summer Arts Roadshows’ with young people who hear voices or see visions.
This initiative is influenced by the wonderful work of Voice Collective, a London-based project that I set up and am now back with as a freelance Interim Project Lead.
If you know someone who is based in the North East (near Bradford, Leeds or Durham) please tell them about it. You can download the flyer, share it or get in touch with the project directly ([email protected]).
Listen Up! is a summer arts roadshow run by Rai Waddingham (someone works with Voice Collective and hears voices herself) and Mary Robson (a creative facilitator) especially for young people who have personal experience of hearing voices or seeing visions.
During the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to help make a work of art that will help to challenge the stigma that surrounds voice-hearing. The finished piece will be on show at an exhibition on voice-hearing at Durham’s Palace Green Library (November 2016-February 2017), but we’re also planning for it to tour around other areas.
It’s an opportunity to:
- Challenge stigma
- Help parents, family and other people understand what it’s like to hear voices
- Encourage other young people to speak up
- Meet other young people who hear voices and share your experiences (if you want to)
- Learn some new skills
When is it on?
28 July 2016 @ Culture Fusion, Bradford (for 11-19 year olds, from 1-4pm)
29 July 2016 @ Palace Green Library, Durham (for 11-19 year olds, from 1-4pm)
5 August 2016 @ Artlink, Leeds (for 11-25 year olds, from 1-4pm)
6 August 2016 @ Palace Green Library, Durham (for 11-25 year olds, from 1-4pm)
Ending with a two day workshop in Durham on 24-26 September 2016.
You’re welcome to take part in as many, or as few, of the workshops as you like. Each one adds to the final piece.
We are able to provide support with transport where needed to help people attend – just ask for more info ([email protected])
Who can come along?
The workshops are open to young people who have personal experience of hearing voices or seeing visions. The first two workshops are specifically for young people aged between 11 and 19. The other workshops are open to anyone aged between 11 and 25 (and we’ll make sure we have a range of activities and spaces to suit that diverse age range).
You can find more details on the flyer. If you’d like to know more, just e-mail me directly.
How to book
Please email [email protected] with your name, age and contact details and they will send further information about venues etc.
If travel is an issue, we can provide some support around this – just ask.