Climate Home, what’s it all about right?
It was a projection of what the future could look like for many of the young aspiring creatives involved and a vessel for unlocking potential that is stored inside of all of us.Local young people from Lewisham borough took part in actually building the space, including a stage piece by piece from the ground up, for performances that they also programmed into Climate Home. These performances included theatre productions, poetry/spoken word, music, a fashion show and lots more.
During Climate Home the Sounds Like Chaos Young Associates and other local young creatives were given the chance to not only take part in activities but were also invited to assist with planning meetings, managing as well as programing. The creatives involved were given the space and freedom to curate and create their own performances, lead their own workshops, upskill and learn from their peers as well as having the chance to gain experience events assisting.
In a nutshell Climate Home was a space created by young people for young people and run by young people.I am positive that during the whole project all of the young people involved learned more about themselves in a professional creative context as well as developing their confidence in whatever they do creatively
Everyone who took part in Climate Home is now very much climate aware and are taking steps towards making the planet a better place starting with their local community. This energy will continue with them into the future and if given the opportunity to return Climate Home will be back bigger and better to allow a chance for more young people to unlock their inner potential, display their talents and be part of a growing community. A community that takes their planet's welfare as seriously as their own personal wants and needs.
For me, the best part of Climate Home was being privileged enough to see all the workshops that were run by young associates for younger children in the borough of Lewisham, discovering what skills they have to offer and witnessing them grow in their confidence and leadership skill. A group called “The Unknown '' led brilliant dance workshops, another young associates Rofeda wrote and performed her own play alongside running film and content creation workshops. One of our young associates Cleo ran a sustainable fashion workshop while her twin sister Zoe focused on demonstrating and teaching how to create Zine’s. I even had the opportunity to lead the Sounds Like Chaos company alongside my colleague Indi on a devising journey that birthed the short physical theatre piece called “Do you Mind? “a play that focused on mental health.
Climate Home is a space that must and will grow to reach many more young people and audiences through the UK and internationally to highlight the importance of growth, Climate Justice and how art can be used as a positive force and outlet for climate activists as well as just about anything.
ART ＆ ACTIVISM
ART ＆ ACTIVISM
At Climate Home I created and co-directed a new theatre show called ‘Do you Mind?’ An exploration of mental well-being. We follow two athletes as they train both body and mind. Told through physical theatre and poetry. Through the work I wanted to raise awareness of mental wellness and climate anxiety. We put a spotlight on physical theatre as a medium for telling these stories.
I was interested in how as a society we have put an emphasis on 'grind culture' and improving mental health. Finding the balance between these, and the META for success. The aim was to have people reflect on what success looks like to them. Is the destination worth the journey?
At Climate Home I designed and created an installation of moving artworks in a series of workshops with members of the local community.
I posed the question 'what would you not want to lose because of climate change?' to fifty people to create an artistic response to and help spread awareness about Climate Change. Creating fifty panels meant that each person from the local community could have their own canvas, space and time to create and think about climate change and spread their own message. And bringing all the panels together created a bigger impact on the viewer, and showed young children the power of visual art as a medium.
I was a resident fashion designer throughout the making and running of Climate Home. Based in the craft zone I facilitated weekly workshops with kids around design and sustainability!
I was trying to introduce the fun into the beginning stages of designing for fashion and how we can reuse and recycle old clothes and scraps of fabric to create items and pieces of clothing - without buying anything new. Collaborating with other artists informed by own professional practice and facilitation skills. I loved the possibilities the festival offered and enjoyed being on hand to help out with other activities and events all the time.
I was the Resident Photographer of Climate Home. As an artist I was able to raise awareness of how we can create a more climate friendly world through documenting the events that took place. I showed that contributing towards making the world a better place can be accessible to everyone. I took pictures of the various events that took place, such as upcycling and poetry workshops, theatre productions and sustainable fashion shows, as well as the creation of Climate Home itself which was built with sustainable materials by young people for young people. Through this I showed a diverse range of people coming together to celebrate art, music, play and food in a climate friendly location.
I wanted to bring light to the Climate Crisis in a gentle but engaging way through my photography.
My Climate Home commission was writing, directing and performing a reading of a new play called Why Men Call Me Difficult. As an artist I was able to raise awareness through Climate Home as there was a variety of different audiences I could speak to with my writing. I was trying to change people’s views of women in society by bringing to light how severe safety issues regarding women are. I was also trying to help people understand the impact that sexual assault has on women.