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Call out for schools and youth groups to take part in our Living Portraits project

We are looking for schools and youth groups to take part in Living Portraits – an inter-generational art project made in collaboration with local older people. Living Portraits is part of Hat Fair’s Celebrating Age project, a two year programme of arts activity for, with and about older people.

We began our Living Portraits project at the end of 2017 with three celebratory film portraits of older Winchester residents that were inspired by their life, home environment and experiences. These were exhibited as part of last year’s Woolly Hat Fair.

This year we are re-running this inter-generational multimedia project to create further Living Portraits of older people from Winchester that will be showcased at this year’s Hat Fair festival. The project will be a fusion of ideas between younger and older people. The younger people will become artistic collaborators as they learn and create these media portraits through a whole series of workshops with professional film makers, theatre makers, historians and of course meetings and interviews with older people.

We are inviting young people from across Hampshire, and Corby, Northamptonshire, to participate in this inter-generational art project made in collaboration with local older people.

The following video will gives an insight into the 2017 Living Portraits: https://vimeo.com/255889716/b48d6d5084

Schools and youth groups signing up to this project will enjoy 3 different workshops in April/May: Verbatim theatre and interviewing techniques with Flintlock Theatre; Oral history and interviewing techniques with Hampshire Records Office in Winchester or the Corby Borough Council Collection; Capturing live performance on screen with a film maker from SDNA.

The participating schools and youth groups will meet our older people at an informal gathering and where they will be buddied up in groups of 2 with an older person. They will put their newly developed skills into practice as they interview the older person, working with the film maker to capture this on camera.   The resulting films, or Living Portraits, will then be exhibited at this year’s Hat Fair.

This project is aimed at young people aged 14 years and above.

For more information about this project please download the information pack here or email amy@hatfair.co.uk 

The Celebrating Age Project is funded by the Arts Council England and Baring Foundation Celebrating Age grant.

Photo credit: Joe Low