Da View Fae Da Window
During 2010, as part of the wider Power of Place project, McLellan Award winning playwright Jacqueline Clark worked with young people on a creative writing and art project about the importance of buildings and place in Shetland. She toured a large red three dimensional window that was specially constructed to include different surfaces to look through. This was toured around four youth clubs in Shetland. 65 young people took part.
Jacqui prepared a creative presentation that considered her own childhood and construction in Shetland during the oil boom of the 1970s and looked at how Shetland had changed in that
time. Using the window she encouraged the young people to look at the view through the
window as it is now and to consider how it will change in the future.
The window was set-up outside the youth club and left there for one week. When the window
arrived the writer undertook a workshop with members of the youth clubs. This workshop explored themes relating to home, place, and belonging. During this session the young people were encouraged to make recordings, write short pieces and draw things about the view from the window. They were also asked to answer questions on VOXUR (a film studio in a box which enables organisations to easily make, manage and publish their own videos) about their own home, how they feel about their community, what buildings are important in their area and how all of these will change by 2030.
The images, written word and VOXUR recordings were gathered together and created into a film/ animation by artist and designer Jono Sandilands and volunteer designer Adam Jones and are being shown to the wider community during the Power of Place project Final Flings during March 2011. They will be used to stimulate discussion and debate.
Jacqui also set up a Facebook page at facebook.com/group.php?gid=280178999228.
The results from this project, in particular the VOXUR recordings give an interesting insight into the views of young people. Through the project they were encouraged to think about architecture and space. The project successfully engaged young people and encouraged them to express their views about placemaking in a way they may not have done in a more formal environment.
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