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Imagine Annual Event 2016

CULTURE AND THE ROLE OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ACROSS THE IMAGINE PROJECT

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP

The annual Imagine event was hosted by the cultural work package this year and consisted of exhibits and workshops from each work package on the theme of everyday culture and voice. Photos of the event can be seen below and were taken by Steve Pool. From the historical work package, Andrea Armstrong and Ben Kyneswood organised exhibits and two workshops:

Re-gilding the ghetto: pictures of life in North East England from the 1970s to the present day (Andrea Armstrong, Gary Craig, Yvonne Hall and Kath Smith) The aim of the workshop was to critically discuss and examine a range of arts and cultural artefacts from the 1970s to 2016. The starting point for the Imagine North East research was the National Community Development Project (CDP). The CDP was an experimental, anti-poverty initiative of the 1970s, funded by the Home Office and located in 12 areas. We focused on the two CDPs in the North East – Benwell (West End of Newcastle) and North Tyneside (located in North Shields). The CDPs conducted detailed research to uncover causes of unemployment, industrial decline, poor housing, poverty and inequality in the areas where they were located. They used the insights from research, and the knowledge and energies of local people, to mobilise radical community action around housing, jobs, welfare rights, play and many other issues. They used a range of arts/cultural activities in their campaigns to bring about change, including detailed and critical reports in a ‘readable journalistic’ style that included many photos, cartoons, newspaper cuttings etc. They also used film and theatre to engage people and raise awareness. The national CDP employed professional photographers to chronicle the areas in the 1970s and we have a selection of black and white photos taken by Ken Grint and Derek Smith. While starting with the past, Imagine North East also looked at the process of change over the past 40 years and the issues facing communities today in a climate of economic austerity and welfare cuts. Twelve community partners (from Benwell and North Shields) embarked on projects and used a variety of arts and cultural methods to explore the history, present and future of their neighbourhoods. In this workshop we heard presentations from Gary Craig (former Assistant Director, Benwell CDP in the 1970s) and Yvonne Hall (recently with Cedarwood Trust, N. Shields) and Kath Smith (Remembering the past, resourcing the future, N. Shields) They  talked about the use of arts and culture during the time of Benwell CDP (Gary) and more recently as part of Imagine North East (Yvonne and Kath) in N. Shields. We then asked workshop participants to look at, compare and discuss pictures of life from the 1970s to 2016.

Photographic exhibition (Ben Kyneswood) Attendees were shown a series of photos of Coventry. Ben led the narrative about how the images fit together to tell a story and then asked participants to select two images. After discussing the images, participants were asked to write a narrative from the perspective of the people in the photo and sequence them with other photos to tell a story. img_7377170imagine_millennium-gallery167imagine_millennium-gallery166imagine_millennium-gallery115imagine_millennium-gallery100imagine_millennium-gallery093imagine_millennium-gallery083imagine_millennium-gallery079imagine_millennium-gallery072imagine_millennium-gallery070imagine_millennium-gallery069imagine_millennium-gallery067imagine_millennium-gallery030imagine_millennium-gallery013imagine_millennium-gallery008imagine_millennium-gallery007imagine_millennium-gallery

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Imagine North East Films

Films made by community partners as part of their Imagine North East project and edited by Vincent Chu (Durham University) are now available on the Imagine playlist of Durham University. Follow the links below to see the films.

 

Playlist (all videos)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zMD_kTXdjyjt58_aDMpzS90d7rKOPzg

 

The Story of Graffiti Art in North Shields

https://youtu.be/7a0VuiieHn8

 

Imaging Benwell

https://youtu.be/-sRjsyclPXM

 

Memories of Meadowell

https://youtu.be/KdPupf-xrUc

 

 

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3rd Annual Imagine Conference in Huddersfield

It was the 3rd Annual Imagine Conference on Wednesday 9 September 2015 and this time it was Huddersfield’s turn to be the host. The conference title was ‘Doing research together across communities and universities’ and delegates (academics and community partners) were from the four Imagine work packages (social, historical, cultural and democratic). Keynote speakers were Ruth Levitas talking about Utopia as Method and Eric Lassiter and Beth Campbell talking about Collaborative Ethnography. Each work package offered two workshops. Ben Kyneswood and Jason Tilley gave a workshop on ‘How austerity affects co-production’  – offering their perspectives on work in Coventry for WP2. We also gave a workshop, entitled ‘Whose Community? Whose History? issues and challenges in doing community-based historical research’. This involved Sarah Banks, Andrea Armstrong and Vincent Chu from Durham University and Yvonne Hall (speaking about the Cedarwood Trust Imagine NE project), Ruth Taylor (Pendower Good Neighbour Project in Benwell) and Kath Smith (Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future). Here are some photos of the conference taken by Steve Pool Eric Lassiter IMG_1055 IMG_1060 IMG_1068 IMG_1081 Eric Lassiter Paul Ward and Kate Pahl Kate Pahl

Introducing the conference

Introducing the conference

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Utopia as Method

Ruth Levitas – Utopia as Method

Hillfields, Coventry Exhibit

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Public lecture by Eric Lassiter and Beth Campbell, Marshall University, USA

Public lecture by Eric Lassiter and Beth Campbell, Marshall University, USA

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Imagine North East Exhibition Launch, Saturday 27 June 2015

It was the Imagine North East Exhibition Launch on Saturday 27 June 2015. Held at St James’ Church, Benwell the event was attended by about 80 people and more than half were local residents or from community organisations. There were also former Benwell and North Shields Community Development Project workers; local councillors, a local MP, and local authority workers. The exhibition showcased a range of work undertaken by 12 community organisations from Benwell and North Shields and researchers from Durham University. The opening speeches were at 11.00am. Professor Sarah Banks (Durham University) welcomed everyone and introduced the Imagine North East project. She was followed by Lord Jeremy Beecham (Councillor for Benwell and Scotswood); Margaret Reynolds (Councillor for Chirton, North Shields); Ian Harford (former Director of Benwell Community Development Project); Penny Remfry (former North Shields Community Development Project worker) and Professor Alan Townsend  (Imagine North East statistics). Finally, Sarah spoke again for a few minutes to introduce the Imagine North East Durham University team members (Andrea Armstrong, Fred Robinson and Vincent Chu) and to launch two booklets on Benwell and North Shields – hot off the press and available for the first time.

The speeches were followed by an excellent lunch. Steve Pool from of the wider Imagine project was there to take photos and film.

After lunch, as well as looking at the exhibits there were plenty of opportunities to take part in numerous activities:

  • A slide show of old West End photos with the West Newcastle Picture History Collection
  • Meeting the Cornerstone Knitting and Crafts group
  • Adding your Imagine photo to the Patchwork digital selfie wall
  • Touring the historic graveyard at St James’ Church with Olive, a Newcastle City guide
  • Taking part in Durham University Vox Pop to share thoughts on the exhibition and changes over time in Benwell and N Shields
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Former Benwell CDP workers meeting up at the exhibition –  Ian Harford, David Gray, Judith Green, Sue Pearson and Moira Gray (David’s partner)

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Durham University Imagine North East Research exhibit

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Benwell and North Shields booklets – hot off the press!

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Professor Sarah Banks opening the exhibition

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Lord Jeremy Beecham giving his opening speech

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Councillor Margaret Reynolds giving her opening speech

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Ian Harford, former Director of Benwell CDP giving his opening speech

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Penny Remfry, former North Shields CDP worker giving her opening speech

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Vincent Chu and the Knitting group

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Imagining community at Cedarwood by Cedarwood Trust, North Shields

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Time Traveller project by Pendower Good Neighbour Project

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A Journey through Time by Phoenix Detached Youth Project in North Shields

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Hopes and Fears by Patchwork Youth Project, Benwell

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Benwell in Felt by St James’ Centre for Heritage and Culture

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Playing with Change and Ideas by Riverside Community Health Project, Benwell

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Meadow Well Timeline by Meadow Well Connected, North Shields

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Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future exhibit

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Photos by Ken Grint of North Shields life and work during the 1970s

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The Community Development Projects revisited – photos, CDP reports and handling books

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West Newcastle Picture History Collection exhibit

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Growing Old in West Newcastle by Search, Benwell

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Photos by Derek Smith of Benwell in the 1970s

The Imagine North East exhibition showcased community projects by Patchwork Youth Project, Search, Riverside Community Health Project, West Newcastle Picture History Collection, Pendower Good Neighbour Project, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, St James’ Heritage and Environment and St James’ Heritage and Culture, Phoenix Detached Youth Project, Cedarwood Trust, Meadow Well Connected and Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future. We thank them all. Here are a few photos taken by Andrea and Vincent. Benwell CDP photoImagine NE Exhibitin 27 June 2015 004 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 002 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 007 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 008 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 009 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 010 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 012 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 013 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 017 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 019 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 023 Imagine North East Exhibitin 27 June 2015 032