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Monday
Apr162018

Pedestrian Succeeds In Securing Grant From Arts Council England

Pedestrian are pleased to share that we have been awarded a grant of £13,850 by Arts Council England as part of the last ever round of their Grants For The Arts funding programme.  The funding will support 'Sowing The Seeds', a 9-month long artist development programme which aims to train participatory artists in Leicester and Nottinghamshire to deliver workshops the Pedestrian way.

'Sowing The Seeds' is designed to develop emerging participatory arts practitioners and engage young people with low cultural capital.  It will be delivered in two areas identified as social mobility coldspots, supporting and working alongside existing high-quality arts venues and organisations.

There are two distinct phases of the project: Sowing and Growing, which will each run in Leicester and then repeat in Mansfield, north Nottinghamshire.  In the Sowing phase, up to forty artists will access four sessions of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  During the sessions they will:

  • Explore the needs of young people in disadvantaged circumstances
  • Learn how best to promote the artistic and personal development of disadvantaged young people
  • Learn to plan and design workshops, as well as how to reflect and evaluate
  • Learn about safeguarding and data handling best practice
  • Develop regional sector knowledge alongside core knowledge of self-employment issues
  • Explore the possibilities of mentoring other professionals and the skills they will need to develop to do this

At the end of the Sowing phase, two artists will be offered the chance to participate in the Growing phase of delivery as trainees.  The Growing phase will comprise of exciting, inspiring and engaging activity with young people, delivered over ten weeks in areas identified as social mobility coldspots in the 2017 Social Mobility Commission State Of The Nation report.  Sessions will be lead by experienced artists, who are skilled at drawing out artisitic responses from the young people they engage with.  The activity will be accredited via the Arts Award Bronze framework, ensuring that participants develop new creative skills, knowledge and understanding.  This will enable personal progression in a range of art forms, including music, visual art, photography, craft, performance art and creative writing.  The artforms will be chosen based upon the interests of the participants, with artists engaged to meet the need for specific skills and knowledge.

Monday
Mar262018

Produce and Progress Programme Supports Two Trainees

Pedestrian are delighted to share that their programme, Produce and Progress, is supporting two young trainees to achieve an NCFE accredited qualification.

Young people at Aim Higher making music

The two trainees are working towards an NCFE Level 3 Education and Training (EAT) qualification, which they will achieve by attending training sessions with a tutor and completing course assignments, as well as putting their learning into practice by assisting with the delivery of programme activities and gaining experience of facilitating and leading workshops.  The accredited training has been lead by seasoned Pedestrian tutor Dean Leivers, who is supporting the trainees to "learn the ropes as freelance creative practitioners on Pedestrian workshops."

 Produce and Progress is funded by BBC Children In Need, and involves delivering workshops based around various creative activities to three groups of young people.  The young people have been working with professional artists, musicians and video producers to create their own lyrics, poetry, videos and music and to learn a range of creative skills. They have also had the opportunity to complete criteria from the Arts Award, which will help them to achieve the Discover and/or Bronze qualifications.

On Tuesday evenings we engage with Aim Higher, a talented and enthusiastic SEN/D group based in Oakham, Rutland.  They are currently working hard to create an album of music, which they will launch with a performance on Wednesday 4th April at the Oakham Music Extravaganza.

Young people at Aim Higher enjoying music

 We were at the Youth Education Project (YEP) on Wednesday afternoons in Leicester, hosting young urban music makers.  Here the young people have been working on a cross-artform project using poetry, artwork, music and rap to create a track and printed zine.  The zine will be launched on Saturday 21st April as an e-product.

Monday afternoons are spent at Marriott Primary School in Leicester's Saffron Lane, where we run an after-school club called Future Film.  During these sessions the children use film techniques to create vlogs and short films exploring their plans for the future.  Their work will be shared at a special assembly on Monday 26th April.

The aim of the workshops is to increase the communication and negotiation skills of the participants, as well as their self-confidence, self-belief, team-working skills and ability to form a cohesive group to work towards and achieve shared goals.  Tutor Dean says: "The great thing about the Produce and Progress project is the variety of participants we’re working with and also the range of art forms that they are getting to experience during the sessions... there is plenty for us as practitioners to get excited about.  The sessions are also a great example for our trainees of the types of varied contracts and opportunities that are possible when working as a freelancer with Pedestrian."

Pedestrian would like to thank our funder BBC Children In Need as well as our partners at Marriott Primary School, YEP and Aim Higher.  We look forward to our continued working relationship.

Friday
Mar232018

Living Legacies: Spoken Word Films Celebrate Leicester Landmarks

Pedestrian are pleased to share three filmed spoken-word performances which were created as part of our Living Legacies project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The films were created by three different groups: young parents from Highfields, residents of The Y and young people attending the Transgender Centre of Excellence at Leicester LGBT Centre.  Each group was matched with a professional spoken-word artist who helped them to create, perform and film a spoken-word piece telling the story of three heritage sites in Leicester.

 The first short film, featuring poet Jess Green, tells the story of Leicester market place and the life of suffragette Alice Hawkins, whose statue was recently erected in New Market Square.

 

 

The second film features performer Jenny Hibberd and celebrates the Clock Tower, a famous Leicester landmark and symbol of the city.

 

 

The third and final film tells the story of Top Hat Terrace, a lesser-known landmark that is significant in Leicester's history because it was built by and dedicated to Francis 'Tanky' Smith, Leicester's first police detective and later famous private detective who is said to have been the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.  The busts on the facade of the building show Tanky in his various disguises, which he used to infiltrate Leicester's criminal gangs and obtain incriminating evidence.

 

 

The above videos have been created and shared online thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, and exist to celebrate the groups' achievements and Leicester city's diverse heritage.  We would like to thank our funder Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as our partners at The Y, Leiecster LGBT Centre and the young parent's group from Highfields.

Monday
Mar122018

Thirty Young People Achieve Arts Award Qualification Through Pedestrian Projects

We are delighted to share that thirty young people have succeeded in achieving a Level 1 Award In The Arts through projects delivered by Pedestrian.

 

Three young people completed their Award through our Evolve project, and the remaining twenty seven through our Concept programme.  To achieve the Award young people had to choose an art form (in this case, music), participate in a music workshop, attend and review a music performance, research an artist's career, and create work and learn new skills which are then shared with other members of the group.  Altogether thirty Bronze Awards (Level 1 Award in the Arts) and two Discover Awards were granted by awarding body Trinity College London.

 Arts Award portfolios awaiting moderation

Some of the young people are now progressing onto Silver Arts Award, which is a Level 2 Award In The Arts and provides extended and in-depth opportunities to develop professional skills, creativity and leadership qualities.  Three of the young people are even starting to work towards attaining a Gold Arts Award, which is a Level 3 Award In The Arts and carries 35 UCAS points.  This qualification provides the opportunity to further develop professional skills, including devising public-facing performances and exhibits alongside creating a professional portfolio of work.

 

Our Concept project gave young people the opportunity to create and record original music with professional artists.  We worked with three groups across three intensive studio residencies, which included a group of Looked After Children supported by The Virtual School, young people attending The Core in Corby, and learners at a Northampton-based supplementary school.  The young people had a range of needs and requirements, including Autism, SEN, ADD and English as a second language.  The sessions took place between August and November 2017.  At the end of the residencies the young people's work was shared as a live performance: the group at the The Core shared their musical pieces with friends, family and the Mayor of Corby at a celebration event, and the Northampton based young poeple shared their creative efforts at the Association of Northamptonshire Supplementary School (ANSS) annual awards ceremony.

Wednesday
Jan312018

Pedestrian wins National Lottery support for ‘Living Legacies’

Pedestrian has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £9,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support ‘Living Legacies’. This new programme will match young parents from Highfields, residents of The Y, and young people attending the Transgender Centre of Excellence at Leicester LGBT centre with professional spoken word artists to retell the stories of three heritage sites in Leicester.

The Clock Tower, Leicester Market Place and Top Hat Terrace are to be the subject of spoken word pieces created by the young people involved to retell their stories to a wider audience.

These city landmarks are well-known, but some of the stories attached to them are less familiar, including the history of protest at the Market Place, and the lives of the people represented on the Clock Tower. Top Hat Terrace is a building easily missed on London Road, but the busts on the building’s exterior illustrate the story of local private detective, ‘Tanky’ Smith, and his undercover disguises, bringing alive the history and character of the area.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the final spoken word pieces will be filmed and shared online as a celebration of the groups’ achievements and the city’s diverse heritage.

Bob Christer, Director, Pedestrian, said: 'We’re delighted to have been awarded National Lottery funding, and the project gives us a great chance to bring these colourful stories back to life in a way that is fun and engaging. A great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary year.'