PLACES FOR FACES
There are thousands of spaces within communities across the UK that are sitting empty or only being used a small percentage of the time. There are also thousands of people within these communities wanting to organise activities or with new ideas for improving their local community but without anywhere to go to help make these plans happen. Places for Faces brings together these people and unused spaces in the places where they live. The project works with social landlords who are our space providers to bring buildings back to life and provide new community spaces that don’t just provide facilities and services, but promote social innovation led by those living within those communities, encouraging people to address the issues that they feel are important in their communities and their lives.
Rolemop is a UK based contemporary performance, live arts, and audio-visual production company with a passion for story telling. Formed in 2006 by a group of experienced practitioners from a number of areas within the arts industry, Rolemop draws on a wide range of disciplines and styles and possesses a unique ability to adapt and collaborate for the creation of inventive new works. As an umbrella organisation that supports the work of local, national, and international creative talent we undertake collaborations for professional, personal and community development in the search for new and exciting ways to tell stories.
When a place is in need of re-visioning, it can be important to call in global expertise to breath in fresh air, but to tailor a vision to the place and make the change sustainable, we include and emphasise the embedded knowledge of the community. To make the most of both expert parties, the Clear Village process creates a space and provides a methodology for locals and experts to meet, collaborate and co-vision the future of the place.
Aiming Skywards C.I.C is a youth led organisation that encourage a diverse range of people, namely ex offenders and those significantly at risk of offending aged 11-25 to work in partnership with and for the benefit of the wider community. Aiming Their aim is to simultaneously create employment opportunities. Aiming Skywards also raises self esteem/ self awareness and help young people overcome barriers that they face today. What they are all about is ‘empowering’, ‘encouragement’, ‘change’, ‘overcoming barriers’!
Paoched Creative is a young company, formed in April 2009 to provide a chance for people who are out of work to improve their confidence, gain marketable skills, and build their portfolio in a professional creative business. 100 per cent of their trainees gain skills and confidence as a result of working with them and 87 per cent go on to paid work, internships or further training. Therefor, Poached Creative specialises in quality writing, editing and design services for charities, social enterprises and the public sector.
Since 1974, Off Centre has been supporting the young people of Hackney. Throughout this period Off Centre has remained true to their original mission - to serve the needs of the young people in Hackney aged 13-25 years old. Long before it was a fixture on national and regional agendas, the Off Centre steering group (made up of professionals and young people in the borough) had spotted that the most difficult time in a person’s life is making the successful transition from a child to an adult. Off Centre continues this targeted work and has a strong therapeutic service in place - providing counselling, art and drama therapy sessions - to support young people.
Sweet Combination are a platform for expression, group practice, experimentation, and musical evolution within the community.They believe that the ethos of the jams is to cultivate a focal point in which the community can meet regularly to express itself collectively by making music together. That is why Sweet Combination will be commissioning regular workshops in collaboration with Workshop44 giving you the chance to learn and practice the principles and techniques of Human Beatbox and much more from a seasoned professional. David’s workshops are more than just a workshop. He will lead you through a multitude of techniques, where you will practice and jam with them as a group.
Da Boost is a leading, innovative, and empowering Youth and Community Organisation who are committed to making a real positive difference to the lives of young people and their communities. They are extremely pro-active in finding out and encouraging young people to finding out what positive opportunities there are out there, as often young people feel that there is nothing to do. Therefor, Da Boost are firm believers in not telling young people what to think, rather than believe in encouraging young people to critically think about themselves and the world we live in.
Bikeworks is a social enterprise using bicycles and cycling as a tool to tackle social and environmental challenges at a community level. Since opening up in Tower Hamlets, East London in 2008 they have been delivering innovative community cycling initiatives across the capital. In this time they have been able to support many thousands of people into cycling for the first time, given thousands of old bicycles a new life, helped hundreds of homeles people gain skills and get jobs in the cycling industry & much much more.
ART AGAINST KNIVES
Art Against Knives is a youth-led charity which works to reduce the root causes of knife crime through arts initiatives that provide an alternative to violent gang culture. AAK was born from the tragic and unprovoked stabbing of Oliver Hemsley, a 21-year-old student from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design. The vicious attack, which has left Oliver in a wheelchair, took place in Shoreditch, East London, in August 2008. It is the impact of this that drives Art Against Knives to create something positive from such a life-changing experience.
Aire Projects is a London based arts organisation that aims to give hard to reach people a voice through free, engaging and creative outlets. Not long ago Aire Project had a grand opening of ‘A day in the life of the Regents Estate’ at Workshop44. This exhibition has been a culmination of 3 months work with the residents, they have shot, curated and hung the show. The opening night saw many local residents, as well as people from the wider community come and see the amazing work on display. Here are some pictures from the evening, we will post some shots of the work in the coming days.