As you may know, we have recently been delivering a Bronze Arts Award programme through Wordpool’s Timehop Festival, a festival for young people exploring Young Adult Fiction produced by Blackpool Council Arts and Library Services. For their Bronze Arts Award, young people from Unity Academy and South Shore Academy have worked through one of two strands; Film & Creative Writing and Dance & Poetry, with a range of professional artists. This has culminated in producing their own art work to share with others.
Below is footage of South Shore Academy’s Dance performance, based on the novel Eleven Eleven by Paul Dowswell (who they met at the Timehop Festival). They worked with poet Nicole May to create their own poetry based on the novel, then with Lee Affen, a music producer, to record their poetry and lay over a track as their soundtrack for their dance. They then worked intensively with choreographer Sarah Gough to produce a brilliant dance performance which has been shared with the whole school this week!
Also below is a film created by Unity Academy based on the novel Black Arts by Prentice & Weil (who they also met during the Timehop Festival!). Young people worked with poet and creative writer Louise Fazackerley to generate their own short stories, which they then transformed into short films using green screen and animation with the help of Filmmakers Mark Thomas and Mat Norman from Soup Collective. The film was shown at the Timehop Festival and to all English classes in school.
Overall, 40 young people took part in this project and, fingers crossed (!) will receive their Bronze Arts Award (a Level 1 accredited qualification) after moderation in September. Wish them luck!!
South Shore Academy – Dance Performance
Unity Academy – Film