B2 Film Festival

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We are really proud to be part of the first B2 Film Festival in partnership with Borderlines Film Festival.  Check out some of the images from our curated short film night “Phrase and Frame” at De Koffee Pot on Thursday 18th Oct and a shot from outside the kiosk at the Old Market in Hereford on Friday 19th Oct, where the festival continued, showing some short films by @flatpackfilmfestival @catchermedia @ruralmedia @animationjamuk @anim18uk check it out! For the rest of the programme visit films

 

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MIDWAY BEYOND EXHIBITION

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Midway Beyond

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Midway Beyond is a contemporary mixed media exhibition by young people engaging in the mediaSHYPP project part of SHYPP (Supported Housing for Young People Project) taking place in the Gallery at The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford. This unique project connects young people with established artists and practitioners in the exploration of creativity, art and meaning. Following a series of meetings, discussions and workshops, the produced works offer an alternative narrative on art production and youth culture. Young people selected works from the artists, curating the exhibition alongside their own original creative responses.

Young artists

Marcus Brown

Sadie Carter

Heidi Fassam

Ashley Harris

Laura Watkin

Established Artists

James Baker

Levi Cooke

Matias Serra Delmar

Joe Hemming

Simon Meiklejohn

A special thank you to all of the artists for volunteering their time and to James Baker from Hereford MAKE for providing excellent studio facilities to produce the work and to David Durant and staff at the Courtyard for supporting the ongoing development of the project. Please consider following the mediaSHYPP project online by visiting

http://www.mediashypp.co.uk

Consider supporting the ongoing development of the project by becoming a Friend of SHYPP

http://www.sponsorshypp.co.uk
Your comments and feedback are most welcome! Thanks and enjoy!
Kie Cummings

October, 2018
mediaSHYPP
Email: kie.cummings@wmhousing.co.uk

Read artists comments on the project below:

SadieÂ

“It feels strange to see my work up amongst more establish artists, as they have been doing their profession longer than I have. However, I felt a level of achievement to have my work alongside theirs. This made me feel proud of what I managed to produce. Working with the professional artists was great because they gave us great advice that I could use and provided help when we all needed it. They never put us down. They encouraged us to produce work to the best of our ability if not beyond that. I enjoyed the whole project from start to finish, so it’s hard to pinpoint a highlight. however, I did enjoy working with professionals because we could learn different styles from them as they all had different approaches to the art world. I also loved the fact that I had made my own symbols/language up from scratch that only I could understand. This project has made me feel a bit more confident in my ability as an artist and I am looking forward to future projects.”

AH.

“My primary goal was to make a piece that my grandparents would enjoy, the exhibition was a secondary goal but I am pleased the public enjoyed the work I produced. To work with an artist was eye opening and enjoyable. James who taught me the necessary processes to produce my piece was . Practical work was the most enjoyable part, however I enjoyed the creative design and prototype phases of creation. In the future I will learn the required processes and techniques to become a blade smith, thanks to this project I feel like I have gained a decent foothold on the progression path to becoming a Master Blade Smith.”

Levi

“Taking part in this project has been a humbling experience, the quality of the work produced by the young people of SHYPP is outstanding. I have been pushed to think about what makes an artist an artist, what gives them the right, or the credibility, to label themselves as such. One of the most challenging aspects of working with beginner artists is convincing them to just try something new. And after some encouragement, this group has proven to the world and perhaps more importantly themselves, exactly what they are capable of when they step out of their comfort zones and put even just a few weeks of time and effort into something.

If at such an early stage in their creative journey they can produce such original and substantial pieces, how much more could they accomplish with further encouragement and investment from the SHYPP media team?”

A BUSY SUMMER CREATING AND PERFORMING!

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What a few months its been!!!  Following on from our hugely successful performance ‘If You Walked a Mile in My Shoes” young people have performed at Ross library as part of the Space to Engage project which included a portrait exhibition and at Ledbury Poetry Festival, in front of impressive turnout at the largest of the festivals venues!

As part of SHYPP being the Three Choirs Festivals nominated charity http://www.3choirs.org, we were asked to put together a small singing group of staff and young people to perform as part of a larger orchestral performance of Never Failed Me Yet event, an amazing event and experience.

We also had the absolute pleasure of hosting Kate Romano from Goldfield Productions who delivered an shadow puppet workshop that has hugely inspired us!  Do visit her next show on the 4th August, tickets available here https://3choirs.org/whats-on/family-event-three-stories-about-home/

We’ve also been back in the studio @HerefordMAKE working on our next exhibition project “Midway Beyond” more on that soon inspired by the graffiti artist Retna – the work will develop into a larger exhibition product with internationally renowned artists!

More soon!

 

 

 

Mystical Mappa Mundi creatures at The Hereford River Carnival

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Not long to wait, its only a few days until the River Carnival on the 4th and 5th May. Here’s a film we made last year for our friends at the River Carnival showing the friday night lantern lit procession. Its on again, Friday May 4th at 8:30pm outside Hereford Cathedral.

Come along for a weekend in, on and around the beautiful River Wye this May Bank Holiday weekend for FREE family fun, live entertainment, the famous Friends of Castle Green dog show, food village, hEnergy village, and of course the street and river processions! If you’d like more information on both days exciting events head over here: bit.ly/2HrgJXy

🌎The World on the Wye🌍

For general information on the carnival check out their social media channels and website:
🐦Twitter: @wyecarnival
📷Instagram: wye_carnival
👍Facebook: River Carnival
💻Website: www.rivercarnival.org.uk

NEW Exhibition! Past Futures @ HARC

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The Past Futures exhibition showcases work created by young people accessing SHYPP.  The work is a contemporary response to the Herefordshire Archive and Research Centre in Rotherwas, Hereford.

Items were selected from the archive that had previously been discarded.  The aim was to re-purpose, rearrange and rethink these objects through individual creative responses.

The exhibition includes old maps, burnt parchment documents, discarded micro film, wax seals, marbling from old books and manipulated photographic imagery from the Derek Evans archive (with permission from Catcher Media’s Herefordshire Life Through A Lens Project).

Young people engaged in a series of workshops including forging, marbling, wax sealing, painting, photography, digital design and wood work.  All work was created at the excellent facilities at Hereford MAKE studios.

Get down there if you have the chance, its running from the 11th April – 6th May.

Kie

Space to Engage @ Herefordshire Libraries

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Presenting a gallery of images from the Space to Engage project with Herefordshire Libraries, that encourages young people marginalised from mainstream arts and education to find their voice. Furthering that idea, young people are supported to try various art forms in community spaces that give them a platform to safely share thoughts, experiences and aspirations; building confidence towards positive and inspirational futures. There will be three spoken word performances (led by Toni Cook) and photographic exhibitions (by Kie Cummings and film (by Rich Hankins) in each of the library spaces (Hereford, Ross, Leo) as young people communicate their thoughts, feelings and aspirations.  Hereford and Leominster exhibitions are currently on now, go check it out!

Beyond The Lens: A contemporary response to the Derek Evans archive

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Hi all and a Merry Christmas!  Hopefully you’ve all had the chance to read our latest SHYPPing Forecast newsletter and have found out about what SHYPP have been up to over the last few months.  One highlight has been the opening of our Beyond The Lens Exhibition: A contemporary response to the Derek Evans archive, open until the 8th January.  Special thanks to Catcher Media who provided access to their Herefordshire Life Behind The Lens Project (Derek Evans archive) and The Courtyard for hosting our very ambitious vertical exhibition that aims to challenge the traditional presentation of art and photography.  Read the blog post below by Tori, a young  person involved in creating work for the exhibition.

Thanks! Kie

Blog post by Tori

I have really enjoyed my whole experience working on the Beyond The Lens: response to the Derek Evans Archive.

In Herefordshire Derek Evans was well known for his black and white photography, his  reportage and own experiences in images of Herefordshire capturing many treasurable moments.  Often his photographs show people around the county exploring and capturing peaceful atmospheres and people working with beautiful countryside that produces the nicest fresh fruit and hops for refreshments and other purposes.

I thought it was fun studying Derek Evans, I found it very challenging when thinking about the choices of images to work with as from them I wanted to select images that would create meaning for people to unfold and explore with an emotion connection to what they see.

I enjoyed working and learning some new techniques which helped me work independently on a piece of my own work, I found it very interesting to experiment with different surfaces and building up layers beneath to reveal an image coming through the paper to create texture beneath, this worked well to converge one image to the next. It was almost like seeing Hereford at different perspectives that are eye would be easily drawn into all the best heartfelt moments in its time.

The exhibition opening itself was an outstanding experience of my life, to see so many faces around me gazing their eyes up and down at our work was a great feeling.  It was nice for people to ask and questions about the project and what it was all about and how we got inspiration, so it was rewarding to explain our journey of experiences and how we got very far with our success and achievements we had put together over the following weeks that had passed. The work that got selected was a pleasure to be put up in Hereford’s biggest and most popular theatre where thousands of feet walk through.

I thought it was amazing to have feedback from the public which makes you realise your own success in something you enjoy they make you feel empowered from their words, it makes you wonder about what other opportunities there are in store, it almost makes you feel a sense that you can be unstoppable and can go beyond even your very best when you bring a positive attitude towards the project and the creation of art.

Tori

FLATPACK FESTIVAL

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2 sessions in to our Flatpack Festival supported Short Film Mini Festival!  This is us getting to grips with film terminology, genres and styles with Paul from Flatpack doing a class job at making non of it boring!  Loads of exciting ideas for the theme for the event that will take place in November in Hereford – more soon!!!