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Listen To Us - June 2021 Film

Norfolk Young Creatives - Listen To Us!

We are proud to present this short film collaboratively produced by a group of Norfolk Young Creatives. We aimed to highlight some of the challenges facing young people in the region and how creativity can in turn benefit them. The film covers some of the key issues in the creative industries ranging from education, funding and health to culture, community and inclusivity. It was written, filmed and edited within the space of a month and first debuted at Norfolk Arts Forum executive committee on 17 June 2021. 🎭🎨🎶

It is more important than ever that we champion creative careers, actively support communities, and work more inclusively with regard for intersectionality. This will help make real positive change to young people’s lives in Norfolk. Listen to us! 📣

The film release was accompanied by these three initial requests for the county’s decisionmakers

– We want you to commit to taking part in Engage Works in collaboration with Site Collective in Autumn 2021, which sets up young creatives for the creative industries and focuses on how the county can nurture its talent. We would encourage prior meetings to this to discuss how to bring this and further creative careers advice to ALL young people in ALL areas of Norfolk through schools and community organisations

– We want an event and funding for an ‘Anti-Racism In The Arts’ or similar event. This shouldn’t be performative and tickboxing; it should give lots of individuals – who experience racism, don’t see themselves represented in the arts, and/or have unequal access to the creative arts – real opportunities for paid work and allow their voices to be actively heard in deconstructing the biases and issues that affect them in the creative industries. This should also come with a set of short- and long-term goals for decolonisation with deadlines for action so that people can be held accountable at all stages of the process

– We want you to facilitate a conversation for us with the person from each district responsible for community spaces so that we can work together to make those spaces more available and exciting for young creatives

 

Co-producers:
Callum Ritchie (producer): writer, designer and co-founder of Site Collective
Fraser Wilson (filming): musician, producer, and photographer
Jack Breeze-Lamb: producer, composer, and pianist
JMCAnderson: artist, curator, and facilitator
Sára Lapinová: film programmer, podcaster, and photographer
Tricia Mercer-David: illustrator and printmaker

Young Creatives:
Emily, Felix, Freddie, Maria, Tia

Editor:
Colleen @ Recktangle Films / www.visualsbycolleen.com

Thanks to everyone who supported and helped us to make this film possible. Commissioned by Festival Bridge, June 2021.

If you would like to contact or work with our co-producers, or have an idea for a further collaborative film or other project that would help move things forward, please contact any of them above. Click on these links to contact Callum Ritchie at Site Collective or our Senior Manager Fraser Wilson.

For more information on these issues, here‘s a selection of links and further resources:
Norfolk Insight

BAMEOver statement from IncArts

Creative & Cultural Skills

2020 Big Conversation results from Voluntary Arts

The Taking Part Survey | Arts Council England

Creative Arts East

Creative Commissions

As a response to the project, a number of Norfolk Young Creatives created these works of art in various mediums. Click on each work below to expand: