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this place [of mine] launches short documentary

Rounding off an epic 18 month project exploring high streets, heritage and place with the launch of a short documentary that contextualises the project’s evolution and impact

this place [of mine] began life as a Young Producers scheme. Fostering partnerships with five Greater Manchester local authorities in Beswick, Leigh, Oldham, Rochdale and Stalybridge, our FutureEverything Creative Associates created an online programme of digital workshops with interactive activities for ten Young Producers (aged 13-20) from the five boroughs. 

The online workshops provided an inclusive safe space for them to share ideas and express themselves in unexpected and insightful ways. Exploring place and heritage, and developing digital skills, our Young Producers and five local professional artists (the Citizen Futurists) created 20 incredible pieces of digital art that represent and portray their visions of the future high streets. The artworks now live in the digital world of, an immersive and interactive online environment created by digital technologists Studio Treble in collaboration with FutureEverything and co-designed by our Young Producers. 

Taking the virtual world into a physical space, this summer saw the launch of a series of in-person workshops and activities across local GM communities, bringing young people together to explore the themes of this place [of mine].

As we begin to close this important project for Greater Manchester communities, we want to celebrate this place [of mine] by sharing a short documentary that showcases the journey that these incredible Young Producers have been on over the last 18 months.

Natalia - Young Producer from Leigh

“The online workshops were really interesting and gave us an insight into other young people from different parts of greater Manchester, and the sessions with the Citizen Futurist artists really reinforced that. I’ve learned about the deterioration of the British high street and things we can do to improve the high street for use by future generations”

The pandemic posed many challenges for this project. However, the rescoping process gave us unforeseen opportunities to develop new, innovative methods of delivery. Those initial challenges have been massively outweighed by the sheer number of highlights and positive outcomes. Not only did the project provide a space for young people to connect during a difficult time, the young producers have also progressed with a newfound interest in Place. One Young Producer has joined their town’s youth council, one has become a local ambassador, and another has started a degree in architecture with focus on the development of the High Street.

The local council partners that we worked with described the way they felt the impact from the different approaches to working with young people. This has strengthened their desire to engage with young people in placemaking and encouraged more innovative and alternative approaches to public consultation.

Though our time on the project is drawing to a close, our partners and GMCA plan to continue the legacy of this place [of mine] and we look forward to seeing that develop in time.

Neil Harris - Business Manager for Culture, Heritage and Arts at Wigan Council

“As a result of the project we are in a much stronger position to advocate to our planning colleagues the benefits of engaging young people in thinking about place with a tool set to support future projects, meaning that our young people will have more opportunities to inform and shape the places they live“

We’d like to take a moment to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those that participated in the making of this film: Simon Stec at Greenbrook Media, Councillor Leanne Feeley, EvaD Ould-Okojie, Hannah Gaunt, Michelle Wright, Claire Tymon, Neil Harris, Phil Lukes, Marie Holland, Citizen Futurist Artists Izzy Bolt, James Medd and Jacob Bolton, Young Producers Peter, Samuel, Natalia, Jack and Daniel, the staff and Creative Activators at the Turnpike, Oldham Gallery and Beswick Library, and to all our district partners for their continued support.

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this place [of mine] is a young producer programme, online hub and artwork commissioned by Greater Manchester Arts with support from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as part of the GM Great Place Scheme.

Produced by FutureEverything and delivered in partnership with Manchester City Council, One Manchester, Oldham MBC, Link4Life, Tameside MBC, Wigan MBC, and The Turnpike

Its content has been co-created with FutureEverything, young people from Greater Manchester, Citizen Futurists David McFarlane, Jacob Bolton, Joe Whitmore, James Medd & Izzy Bolt, Tine Bech Studio and Studio Treble

With extended thanks and gratitude for the support from the Manchester Tech Fund.