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 thisplaceofmine.org, 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.