History is the name we give to the stories we tell about the places we come from. The history of Norfolk is made up of many stories – stories as varied and strange and old and unpredictable as Norfolk itself. Some of these stories are very famous. Others, not quite so much.
In 2020, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Forest Fringe’s Andy Field began working with children from across the county to dive into the history of this place, uncovering lost archive films from Norfolk’s long-forgotten past. These short, almost unbelievable films tell stories about Norfolk you might not have heard before.
Over the next three years, artists and children will work together to explore their own individual and regional identities, and to uncover their place in this work in a creative project that brings the voices of the regions young people to the fore, culminating in the release of the fantastical Lost and Found Films of Norfolk archive in 2022.
This year, students at Mile Cross Primary and Norwich Primary Academy worked with artists Abigail Conway and Keisha Thompson. Due to COVID-19, Christopher Brett-Bailey will now be working with Wensum Junior Primary in the next 2021 edition.
Films is one of our ambitious Festival 250 projects, working with various communities over a number of years as we lead up to our 250th anniversary in 2022. If you would like to support this work and help us reach more young people across Norfolk, get in touch. Other Festival 250 projects include The Two Fifty and Common Ground.
Lost & Found Films of Norfolk is supported by the Norwich Freemen’s Charity, the Geoffrey Watling Charity, the Fuller Endowment Fund, the Ellerdale Trust, The Arts Society Norwich and North Norfolk District Council
About Andy Field
Andy Field is an artist, writer, curator and co-director of Forest Fringe, based in London. Andy has been creating performance work on his own and with a range of collaborators since 2007. His work is always interactive, often inviting participants to experience, or even perform, perfectly normal, everyday behaviours in strange and disorientating contexts.
In 2019, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Cambridge Junction co-commissioned Andy Field and Beckie Darlington to create News, News, News, a live television broadcast for adults, by children. At 2019’s Festival, a cast of students from Norwich Primary Academy beamed live from the Norwich Playhouse to the interweb, offering their perspective on the news most important to them.
★★★★ ‘Focusing on the issues children think matter most — poverty, climate change, community — this offered an arresting child’s eye view of life’, The Times on News News News
Why Creative Learning Matters
‘More than ever, children need arts and culture to help them make sense of the world around them. Escapism; exploration; creativity; fun, to communicate how they feel when it’s so hard to articulate how we all feel right now.’
Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s Creative Learning Manager, Sarah Witcomb, wrote for our blog about the endless benefits of embedding arts education in schools; for children, parents, communities, and our collective health.