An exhibition by brilliant young women

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Reflections is an exhibition that mediaSHYPP have provided photography and film for. Its been led by Toni Cook who has worked with young women from St David’s Pupil Referral Unit to examine their identity and self image. Its been great working with Toni, everyone from St Davids and The Courtyard. These brilliant young women have given us a great insight into their lives, the finished work is stunning.

The exhibition is running for 6 weeks in March and April in The Gallery at The Courtyard Hereford . Let us know what you think.

“Reflections has been a great opportunity for the pupils from St Davids to be playful, examining how they look and how they want to be perceived. They have written some beautiful poetry to explore their feelings”.

This project has been funded by West Mercia PCC

“My Voice” project performance + screening at Courtyard Hereford

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There literally wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Deeply emotional, powerful, engaging and simply awe inspiring. Young people stood infront of a crowd of over 100 people packed into the always helpful and supportive Courtyard Hereford, and spoke from their hearts. Pain, happiness, regret, optimism – such colour, contrast and vibrance within their words. Each of the young people supported and lead by the ever energetic, efficient and skilful Toni Cook @tonicook4 performed a number of spoken word style poems, passages and thought amidst a backdrop of electronic music (that they had created with music and food community legend Murf @thebeefyboys). Photographs and video footage were shown on the huge screen – stunning personal portraits and close shot black and white videos by Kie @mediaSHYPP_Kie and Rich @mediashypp invited the audience into their world. Visit SHYPPs other blog soon to read the comments from the audience

In the mean time read these comments from young people involved in the project below

“I have been able to connect with people more and have taken to heart their perspectives about strength.”

“My Voice project has meant the world to me. It learnt me to never give up and the things that matter the most.”

“It was a good experience to hear what all the others had to share about their past experiences. The presentation was amazing, all the hard work definitely showed at the end.”

“I would like to continue writing and have another chance to do music but also do some filming.”

“I’m glad it’s opened up to other projects such as poetry slams and voice acting interest.
I’ll be forever grateful to everyone that participated and all involved.”

“I didn’t think this process would have a huge impact on my life but I was wrong massively!!! I would like to continue writing poetry and being involved in more projects!”

From @levicooke local artist engaged in creating a large scale piece for the event:-

“Working with the guys from SHYPP on this project has been an eye opening experience to say the least. I have been able to get to know some of them and learn some of their stories. And watching some of the staff encourage and build up everyone around them, its such a great thing to witness.
On the night of the show the young people really opened up and it was such a privilege to be part of something so real, and so honest. It made me realise how important things like SHYPP are and how much of a difference they make.”

WHAT A YEAR! #exhibition #photography #art Courtyard Hereford @courtyardarts

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What a few weeks! What a few months!… actually what a year!!! Please take some to to visit our previous posts on the mediaSHYPP Blog -from the campaign films against cuts to our services, to our recent film screenings at the Courtyard and everything in between – its been a busy year! And what better way to end the year than a blog about our current exhibition showcasing the work young people have created. The exhibition was extended until the new year by the management of the Courtyard as they felt it was of such high quality, we really appreciate this recognition and thank the Courtyard for allowing the exhibition to take place. Anyway, a bit about the exhibition its self:-

The art, photography and sculpture work has been produced by young people accessing the SHYPP project and was delivered and facilitated by the media SHYPP team.

The project encouraged young people to make personal reflections upon their own life story and histories, making representations and meaning through art and links to nature. In particular the life source of trees.

For many of the young people involved this was the first time that they have engaged in creative activities of this nature and the first time they have exhibited work.

The tree sculpture has been forged locally under the supervision of Hereford MAKE and sculptured by hand using recycled materials kindly loaned by Wye Valley Reclamation 701. The uniformity of the twisted roots represent our positive memories of who we are, where we came from. As the roots split and unwind, we are reminded of personal tragedies, difficult choices and unknown futures. The trunk bares marks left by growing, yet is strong and definite. The branches represent who we become, that we are not defined by our roots – they represent what we choose for the future – there is a delicate beauty amidst the gnarly twists and turns, offering a positive take on the future as the tree continues to grow and bare fruit.

The art work was created in partnership with local artist Levi Cooke who taught techniques and approaches as well as conceptual thought. For commissions Instagram: @leviostar1

The photographs were produced during Arts Award session delivery and were kindly printed by PIP printing Hereford – thank you to all the staff at PIP.

We are looking for donations to cover the costs of the exhibition. Please search for SHYPP on and/or contact Kie directly by email – to discuss donations/prints/future exhibitions.

Please spread the word – visit the Courtyard, leave a comment share across social media.

Merry Christmas!

#art #photography #sculpture #exhibition @courtyardarts 12-19th December

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We are having our next exhibition next week at the Courtyard Hereford.

Young people have worked with multi media art forms including photography, art and sculpture.

The concept for the work relates to representations of life and personal histories through nature.

The gnarly roots of the sculpture of the tree show our joint turbulent past as well as our securities – where we came from, how they define but do not limit who we are as we grow, represented by the random forged branches.

Come and see they work – share across social media, create a buzz – leave us a comment, you feedback is always appreciated:)

Merry Christmas too!art-photography-and-sculpture

#TwoKidsLost is live

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Two kids lost                Two kids scared               Two kids lonely               No one cared

Our latest film, Two Kids Lost is live. Its been made by young people working with SHYPP and other youth projects and it’s great to work again with Toni Cook after the success of our previous film “The Story of Mary and Joe”.  The project has consisted of over 30 sessions, working with a core group of 10, 16 to 19 year olds, 4 young mentors and 3 filmmakers.

The young people have been involved in all stages of the project from coming up with the concept, writing the script, location scouting, acting, shooting, directing, editing and composing the music.  We were fortunate to be able to work with the poet, Joelle Taylor who helped us get our words down on paper.  We also spent time with Lisle Turner, director, who helped us to develop the script and supported us throughout the filming process.

We started back in April when the young people first got together, shot the film over the 3 hottest days of the summer and then culminated in September when we showed the film to a packed out studio at The Courtyard Hereford.  Its was satisfying to see everyone’s hard work shown on a cinema screen.  We had so much positive feedback and you can watch a short film of the event by following a link at the bottom of the page.

There are so many people who contributed to the film and we have tried to include everyone in the credits.  We would like to thank our funders, Into Film for all of their support and help to get the film made.  The biggest thanks go to all the young people who created the film, we learnt a lot from each other, can’t wait for the next project.

You can watch Two Kids Lost by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.  If you want to watch it in all its glory on the big screen its being shown again at The Courtyard Hereford before all of their showings of Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” later this month.

SHYPP inspires young people to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.  If you want to help future SHYPP projects please consider donating or becoming a Friend of SHYPP.

Sit back and enjoy the film.

Previous posts from the project
1. Film of the premiere at The Courtyard Hereford in September.
2. Michael’s post on being the director of photography on the film.
3. Blog of Joelle Taylor helping us on the poetry for the script.
4. Behind the scenes film of Two Kids Lost.

Two Kids Lost is a modern day retelling of the story of Hansel and Gretel where two sisters find their home life with dad and stepmother intolerable. Rejected and removed from home they embark on a journey to discover who they really want to be.

Using poetry as the narrative the film explores their isolation, fear and questions if they are the only ones experiencing these feelings.

Two Kids Lost is collaboration between mediaSHYPP and Toni Cook working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people from across Herefordshire aged 16-19. The young people have created all aspects of the film from poetry to sound design, actors to storytellers, camera operators and editors under the guidance of the professional team from mediaSHYPP and Toni.

After its premiere in Hereford in September the piece will be performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017 with live elements, echoing the very successful Story of Mary and Joe made by the same team in 2015.

This project takes place with help from Into Film an organisation supported by the BFI through lottery funding which seeks to put film at the heart of young people learning and development.

About Into Film  Into Film seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme provides 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. We will achieve this by working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film. Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film. Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology. Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and works with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Into Film is supported by the BFI, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources. Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK.