‘Don’t Put Me In A Box!’
Project with the Psypher psychosis support group for young people at Kingston Youth Centre and artist Sarah Pennington for The Warren’s ‘Art Celebrating Equality’ Festival Hull 2017.
‘Broken Hands with Helping Hands’: Constructed from plastercasts of the artist Sarah’s hands, broken but repaired, thinking about how we all need a helping hand from our friends
Don’t Put me In A Box Artist Sarah Pennington: “My artistic practice often includes working with an assemblage of ‘found objects’, text and imagery to explore ideas and tell a story. I also use different kinds of boxes and other containers to create a frame for these ideas.
People are often stereotyped and labelled, or ‘put in boxes’. I designed this project to explore how young people feel about pressures to conform despite their uniqueness, and how we can challenge these assumptions. Participants worked over several weeks towards creating their own individual boxed constructions to reveal their own voice and opinion.
The Psypher group and I talked about the project themes and how particularly young people and people with mental health issues or other differences or styles of dress etc. are unfairly labelled and pigeonholed, and so are dismissed. We discussed how we are all much more than these prejudicial labels, and how we have interests, ideas and skills that other people might not see or give us credit for. We looked at the ways that different artists have altered objects and used containers, and talked about how we might use them for this project.
There were lots of brilliant ideas and very different ways of working discussed! We developed our personal ideas and thought about how we would express them. Boxes or tins were chosen that best suited the individual themes, and we used a mixture of spray painting, collage, writing, drawing and placing found objects to build up the message or story of the artwork through a layering of these materials and processes.
In addition to the individual artworks made by some of the people who attend Psypher, lots of the group contributed to a joint box about Psypher and the many things it means to them.
I would like to thank everyone who got involved for sharing their thoughts, whether they made an individual box or not, and being a great group to work with.
I hope you like the boxes we made, and perhaps they will make you think about your assumptions and how you treat other people!”
Visit Sarah Pennington’s Website
Art Celebrating Equality
Art Celebrating Equality workshops for all young people who would like to work with award winning artists to create a new art show projection as part of the Freedom Festival
Come to the Warren to take part in spoken word performances, shadow theatre, poetry workshops, digital art, photography
A Warren Youth Project festival run by young women giving all young people the opportunity to work with award winning artists and be part of Freedom Festival Hull and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations.
Art Celebrating Equality is a festival run by young women and its partner organisations and delivered by artists Joanne Coates, Bee Willey Illustrator, Anna Ingleby & Catherine Scott. Documented by Fly Girl Films. Funded by Arts Council England & Big Lottery Fund.