Short Film Showcase at Borderlines Film Festival 2019!

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Following on from our curated short film showcase at the B2 festival last year, Borderlines Film Festival approached us to do the same again at the main festival.  We put togther a selection of thought provoking, challenging, funny, sad and strange(!) films which we showcased at the Courtyard Studio yesterday to and audience of over 50 people!  We also used the opportunity to share about SHYPPs work and our next exhibition project – outdoor exhibition in Queenswood in April…

“Over a period of a few weeks we selected a number of short films to be compiled and shown within the Borderlines Film Festival. We felt “Dinner For Few” was particularly apt in the modern political climate and illustrated a seemingly inescapable cycle set in motion by those in authority. The graphic visual imagery and multiple layers of meaning worked together to create a strong impact on the audience and potentially challenge views or open minds to look at the ‘system’ more objectively – something which is increasingly important in the present day when many find it easier to close their minds out of fear.

“The Cat Piano” was similarly dark themed but had greater emphasis on spoken language in co-ordanance with fast moving graphic. We particularly liked the eloquence and poetic qualities as well as the contrasting style of animation the film possessed.

Two of us elected to stand up before the screening of the films we chose in order to talk about what we were there to show. There were about 60 people in the audience and it was very nerve-wracking standing up in front of so many people. Nevertheless, we were able to do it successfully. After the screening we spoke again about mediaSHYPP’S upcoming events – this time we felt more comfortable speaking because we had already done it once. In the end we were both glad we chose to do this because we are so passionate about the work we do both independently and with SHYPP”

 

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50 Faces Exhibition, mediaSHYPP and Herefordshire MIND

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Below is from a press release about our current exhibition at The Courtyard, Hereford. Enjoy!

 

“An inspiring art exhibition is challenging perceptions of mental health and homelessness.

 

Our Supported Housing for Young People Project (SHYPP) worked with mental health charity Herefordshire MIND on an exhibition called 50 Faces.

 

The exhibition, displayed at the Courtyard in Hereford, shows the faces of people who are touched by the work of MIND and SHYPP either personally or professionally.

 

Kie Cummings, Media and Training Co-ordinator for SHYPP, said: “We wanted to create something that was fun and spontaneous and since the Courtyard theatre are having their panto season – something a bit theatrical.

 

“The images were taken by young people accessing our arts and media project mediaSHYPP, who also turned the camera on themselves for a few shots. We hope that the diverse cross-section of our joint communities are shown in the portraits and that the faces give a sense of positivity and meaning in recognition of our mental health.”

Herefordshire Mind Manager, Alicia Lawrence, said: “This project was a inspiring piece of partnership work between Herefordshire Mind and the young people of mediaShypp. It is great to raise awareness that everyone experiences mental health and challenge some of the negative perceptions.”

 

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

 

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!