In 2020, I was commissioned by The Turnpike Gallery as part of the US. HERE. NOW. programme to collaborate with a group of pupils from the Newbridge Learning Community exploring the themes of identity, place and future.
They designed and screen printed textile motifs taking inspiration from contemporary and traditional textile styles and designers.
I created banners showcasing a selection of their designs, which have been installed along Bradshawgate in Leigh town centre.
Exploring themes of identity through the printmaking process has enabled the young people to experience pride over the development of their ideas, making connections between their present and future selves in relation to the local community.
Working alongside an artist throughout the creative development of ideas into public artwork instils a sense of personal value, achievement and raises aspirations.
This work has meant that the young people have been able to take space, share and connect to the wider community, giving them pride and ownership of their work and the positive change they have made to their local environment.
I felt honoured to be able to work with such a brilliant group of young people during an incredibly challenging time.
Photography by Jody Hartley