Through our Story of Place we aim to improve families lives throughout Wallsend. We are doing this by exploring collaborative story gathering. The stories that are shared give new insights into the challenges families face and awareness of systems that need to change. Story of Place is a commission by Wallsend Children’s Community.
Above all, the Wallsend Children’s Community wants all children to have the same opportunities and experiences as those living in wealthy areas. For this reason much of our ‘Story of Place’ programme is concentrated in the wards of Howdon and central Wallsend. This mission is about social justice and equity much the same way Helix Arts wants to engage people who have the less opportunity to take part in the arts.
Helix Arts’ ‘Story of Place’ programme included a schools’ residency with Sue Loughlin and creative training with artists Lesley Guy and James Whitman.
Young Artists Story Gathering
In 2022, we worked with young people from Carville Primary School, Western Community Primary School, and Beacon Hill Sixth Form. In collaboration with pupils from partner schools, artist-in-residence Sue Loughlin explored the purpose of stories, how they are collected and shared.
Since Sue has now completed her residency we are pleased to announce a public exhibition of the children’s artwork.