Young Norfolk Arts
Since 2019 I have been working freelance as Coordinator for Young Norfolk Arts, a charitable organisation that champions the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Norfolk, and works to ensure that all young people have access to it. For 10 days every July, we hold the Young Norfolk Arts Festival (YNAF) – a celebration of creativity and performance by and for young people in Norfolk. We also provide training and development to our yearly Young Norfolk Arts Communications and Events Team open to ages 16-21. Find out more at youngnorfolkarts.org
Sisters of Silents
As part of the BFI Film Audience Network’s Changing Times programme I coordinated and performed at an evening exploring Women’s Histories and representation on screen, with archive film from the East Anglian Film Archive alongside live music by female and non-binary musicians.
This was the first event from Reel Connections, a new, not-for-profit organisation that uses film and the creative arts to engage and connect communities, groups and individuals across Norfolk and the East of England. Find our more at reelconnections.co.uk
Working with BBC Voices and BBC Introducing in Norfolk I helped to put together an evening of spoken word, music, poetry and film looking at the legacy of WW1. This was recorded and played as part of Remembrance Sunday
Fiercest Light was co-commissioned 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Writers' Centre Norwich. I worked with BBC Voices and pupils from Wensum Junior School, using the pupils poetry to turn into a song. We then used this narrative to produce a short film with Metric
Working with Creative Arts East on their Youth Music funded Young Promoters programme.
Most recently I facilitated a group of students from Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, to organise and promote a music event at Haverhill Arts Centre.
I have been involved in various songwriting and musical mentoring workshops with a range of young people of all ages and backgrounds.
Image from Songwriter workshop with Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018 © Paul Harrison
Britain on Film
For the last three years I have been working with the British Film Institute and Cinema City Education on coordination and commissions for the Britain on Film project. Using local archive footage from the East Anglian Film Archive, and themes such as Urban, Rural and Coastal. These bodies of work have culminated in performances at the Octagon Chapel in Norwich and across Norfolk and Suffolk.