By Jaya Gordon-Moore
As a collaboration project with Primary. Fearless Youth Association are putting together an exciting new project for young aspiring creatives (aged 16-25) to reflect on life in lockdown. The aim of the project is to give young creatives an opportunity to get involved in creative avenues, develop their skills and elevate their voices. To do this, we are offering several workshops over the few weeks, both face-to-face and via zoom. Each workshop is focused on a different element of sound, from looking at sound technology and learning how to record sound, to writing and sound scaping. The end goal of this project is to produce a podcast exhibiting all of the sounds we create compiled.
‘If lockdown was a collection of sounds, what would these sounds be?’
‘When this is over, what would you like to do?’
‘Throughout lockdown, what was happening around you?’
We know that lockdown has been a really tense and difficult time for people across society but young people in particular, with the future seeming more unpredictable than ever. We also know how much creative avenues can be helpful in not only reflecting on this, but to connect and empower people. Additionally, this project is youth focused, and so could really help bridge the ever-growing gap between not only everyone as individuals throughout lockdown, but the younger generation and the older generation. It could help to show how beneficial creative projects are for wellbeing, social cohesion, and overall understanding.
The great thing about this project is that no one can be too much of a rookie or overqualified. Throughout the weeks the project will offer a chance to:
- Explore a wide range of writing styles (from rap, to spoken word, to monologues)
- Sound scaping, sound production and using loops to create sound.
- Recording sound
- Creating a podcast
- Exhibiting and performing.
‘Throughout lockdown, what thoughts/feelings were going through your mind?’
‘What have you learnt during this time?’
‘Name 3 belongings that have helped you during lockdown’
Another nice thing about this project is it is extremely flexible and is all about what the young people want and need. Even if they do not feel comfortable or confident to use their voice in this project, they can explore sound scaping and producing sound. If those who want to get involved do not have access to certain materials, whether its Wi-Fi, or writing equipment – we are here to support you! We are going to provide those who sign up with sketchbooks, pens and postcards throughout the weeks to help them reflect on lockdown and develop their skills. BBC Nottingham have also shown an interest and are really intrigued to find out how we develop this, they even said they would love to interview those who sign up!
As an upcoming musician myself, I am so excited to be helping lead this project. I know how hard it is to get the momentum to start or continue a creative career, let alone know how to approach it. Especially during COVID-19 with live shows, open mics and a lot of creative events being cancelled. This project allows a safe space for us all to explore new skills, reflect on lockdown and connect with likeminded people.