CONFIDENCE THROUGH CREATIVITY
This project worked with Banyan Arts throughout the project, who brought their skills and expertise around creative and inclusive ways of communication through different ways to use creative expression to explore personal identity and heritage, life challenges and complex health issues .
Working with a group of young children form year 5 the project developed an intergenerational opportunity that would bring stroke survivors, cares and children together to explore disability, stroke and complete dementia friends training.
Working with Oral History and Educational Heritage specialists Living History North East, the group learnt interview, filming and editing skills and worked together to produce new audio visual materials alongside developing research skills, linked to the history of stroke treatment, rehabilitation, new philosophies and techniques.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND PORTRAITURE
An important part of the project involved exploring personal identity and changing perspectives around how the group viewed themselves following the life changing impact of Stroke. The group worked with Documentary Photographer Damien Wootten, playing with use of objects and statements to create self portraits representing their whole self, the ups and downs and the person not just the condition.
As part of the oral history workshops the group had an opportunity to learn and develop new skills using professional digital cameras. They were able to develop these new skills working in teams and interviewing each other as part of the project. Some amazing stories were recorded in these sessions.
EXPLORE AND DISCOVER
Wider community engagement was a key aspect of the project. This took place across three events in South Tyneside and also University of Northumbria.
The group visited Thackery Medical Museum and Tyne and Wear Archives to explore the history of stroke across the decades. They investigated and researched attitudes and treatments through these visits.
Stories and experiences from the group were interpreted through various creative mediums, including poetry, portraiture, creative writing and photography. This was developed confidence and provided a platform to interpret personal histories and sharing personal memories through Museums of their lives.