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Creative Projects

We develop creative projects that are longer-term and typically culminate in a sharing, performance or exhibition

These projects bring together communities, encourage dialogue and connection and are an opportunity to celebrate the creativity of the participants.

All our work develops self-awareness, self-expression and connection with others and can range from a one off evening event to a 9-month project working with young adults with experience of psychosis.

Powerful examples of recent creative projects include:

Focus (2016-17)

FOCUS was co-designed and co-facilitated with young people to enable 14-21yr olds transitioning out of mental health services to develop key life skills, creative expression and networks to support themselves.

This 10 week Creative Life Skills programme was supported by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEH-MHT).

 

From Me to You - The Children’s Trust (2016)

We were commissioned by the Acquired Brain Injury Team at the Children’s Trust to produce a short film about families’ experience of the Trust to give families about to arrive a sense of what to expect.

The film was generously funded by Tina and Andy Ridd.

 

Birds Crossing Borders (2015-16)

In response to the discourse surrounding the growing refugee crisis in Europe in late 2015 we developed a response in the form of a creative dialogue project  rooted in compassion and trust.

We commissioned 6 artists to design a ‘bird card’ that could be personalized by the sender. We then asked people to write messages of hope and solidarity on these cards to refugees living in the camps in Northern France. In February 2016 we went to Calais and shared the cards with camp residents. We have since taken part in two exhibitions about the project.

 

A Bond Between Us (2015)

In 2015 Newham and Waltham Forest Woodcraft Folk commissioned us to support the development of a project which had the aim of bringing together young refugees and asylum seekers with young people from Woodcraft Folk groups in Newham and Waltham Forest.

The project used drama to work with both groups and culminated in a performance event. The project was funded by Awards for All.

 

Taking the Lead (2014-15)

Taking the Lead was developed in partnership with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Team (BEH-MHT) with the aim of improving understanding of young adults’ experience of the mental health service.

The project used a combination of drama and photography and culminated in a promenade performance for staff and families.  Participants went on to co-design  and co-deliver training for mental health staff which focused on cultivating compassion. Taking the Lead was supported through the BEH-MHT Listening in Action Framework.

 

Time 2 Talk (2013-2016)

From 2013-16 we led the delivery of Time 2 Talk, a whole school approach to raising awareness of emotional well-being and challenging the stigma around mental health.

The project used a unique combination of drama, film making, teaching and peer support to support systemic change within a large secondary school in Tottenham, London. In 2015 Time 2 Talk was awarded the HSJ Award for Innovation in Mental Health.

 

Fox & Tiger (2013-14)

In 2013 we brought together over 60 participants from two women’s groups based at the Jagonari Centre in Whitechapel to share stories of culture and identity through the use of photography and storytelling.

The project culminated in an exhibition of the women’s stories at Rich Mix and we produced book charting the journey of the project. The Fox & the Tiger was awarded funding from the Arts Council and Awards for All.

 

riot:lyrics (2012)

In response to the 2011 riots we collaborated with Mind the Gap to curate a night of spoken word, poetry and music which took place in January 2012 at Rich Mix in London.

Performers shared poetry and music that they had written in response to the riots and audience members were invited to get involved by sharing their experiences of the riots and making a pledge to prevent the riots from ever happening again.

 

If you would like to discuss your event or project ideas please email katharine@deepblack.org.uk