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Changing Tracks - Mural at Braunstone Community Primary School

As part of our Changing Tracks project artist Kirsty Whitrow worked with the children at Braunstone Community Primary School to explore aspects of the local community and create a new large scale artwork for the school.

The new mural replaced artwork that was damaged during a break-in at the start of the year. The children have beautifully represented many of the places, people and buildings within the area and thought in detail about who and what makes up their community.

It was lovely to see all the faces and places they have represented in this colourful and vibrant new piece. We would like to extend our thanks to the staff and children at Braunstone Primary School for participating and to Kirsty for supporting them.  We would also like to give a special thank-you to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire for funding the Changing Tracks programme.


Bridging The Gap

Pedestrian have been hard at work the last couple of weeks delivering our Bridging The Gap programme, a project supporting a young transgender group from Leicester LGBT Centre.  Bridging the Gap is a two-week programme that started on Monday 7th August.  The first week focused on music and media, and was lead by Pedestrian tutors Jenny Hibberd (musician and spoken-word performer), Akshay Sharma (rapper, beat-boxer, poet, artist and graphic designer), Boston Williams (poet, musician and spoken-word performer) and Dean Leivers (photographer and music tutor).  They were joined at the end of the week by Jade Pearce, a singer, actor and performance artist who was on hand to provide an introduction to singing lessons.

This week delivery has focused on creative writing and theatre, with sessions at The Curve lead by actor and musician Katie Burchett, poet Jess Green, and Paul Rogers, who is Artistic Director of Scufflebox Theatre Company.  On Wednesday afternoon the young people will join the Made at Curve productions team to visit a reahearsal of the musical Sunset Boulevard, and on Friday afternoon they will end the project with a showcase of their work performed to invited guests including family and friends.

Pedestrian would like to thank all the participants, artists and tutors, as well as staff at The Curve, for helping to make Bridging The Gap a big success, and we look forward to doing more work with Leicester LGBT Centre in the future.


Concept Sessions At Leicester LGBT Centre

We have been delighted to work with young people at the Leicester LGBT centre as part of Concept, our music and performance project funded by Youth Music.

Tutor Akshay and young person making music together


Weekly workshops were held the Centre in July, where 12 young people who attend The Young Transgender Centre of Excellence experienced a range of music and performance styles.

Professional musicians and performers Akshay Sharma and Jenny Hibberd worked with the young people to engage them in beatboxing, performance poetry, and music creation using loop stations and digital music equipment.  They were able to explore diverse music styles, including hip hop and jazz, to create their own lyrics, music and poetry.

Tutors Akshay and Jenny laughing with young people

Young musicians from the group went on to take part in a studio residency at Pedestrian where they worked with a team of artists and industry professionals to create their own music and lyrics, and to record and produce two fantastic original tracks. Soon to be released under the artist names of  ‘Neut’ and ‘Felix’ the tracks will be available on our Soundcloud page.


We can't wait to share the achievements and celebrate the music created by the young people, and look forward to working with the Leicester LGBT Centre again as part of our Bridging the Gap project, a creative writing and performing arts project funded by Arts Council England.


Invest and Inspire Delivery In Loughborough


Delivery for Invest and Inspire began at McDonald’s in Loughborough where we hosted our taster sessions (see what we did there?)

For this activity we set up a pop up recording studio and art stations.  We asked young people: “If they could put anything they wanted in a jar, what would it be?”  The results were dinosaurs, magic, unicorns, and love of course.

This week we are taking up residency in Fearon Hall’s beautiful ballroom, where we will be helping young people build totem poles for Fearon Hall’s vegetable patch.  After crafting their masterpieces, they will be asked to visualise what their totem pole would ‘sound like’, and compose a musical piece to accompany it using our music equipment.

This is a completely free initiative aimed at helping young people to contribute to their community in a positive way.  Just drop by Fearon Hall between 10am and 2pm on the 19th, 20th and 21st July to get involved!

Don’t worry if you miss this week-long block of activity, we have another in August with more art and music workshops to get stuck into.  We hope to see you here soon!


Pay It Forward - Visit to Terminal One

As part of the Pay it Forward programme young people in the Charnwood area have been working with artists at Pedestrian to explore challenges within the community and create some exciting music and video productions.

To celebrate and share their achievements, young people from the Loughborough Youth Development Project volunteered to host a stall at Terminal One in Melton Mowbray. The stall provided information on creative and career opportunities available to young people in Leicestershire; visitors were also able to watch a video produced by the team which explored bullying.  The young people had worked together to create the script and visuals, as well as producing the film and music. One visitor to the stall described the video as 'powerful' and commented that 'it is great to hear about issues such as bullying from the young persons' perspective'.

Everyone worked hard throughout the day, though there was also some time to enjoy skating and show off some skills. We would like to congratulate the team on their achievements and we look forward to creating more great work and taking part in exciting events in the region later this year.

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