ArtyParti – Participatory Arts Projects with CAP NE
Written by Jay Sykes on 4th February 2018
Since establishing two years ago, Community Arts Project North East has been working with various community groups on participatory arts projects.
Joining us live on this week’s ArtyParti, Directors Diane Gray and Ben Hudson discuss their two current projects;
“Home is Where the Heart Is”, which brings socially isolated people together through music,
and the “World War One Heritage Project”, which aims to capture memories and stories, a century on from WW1.
We kicked off the programme by talking about their participatory music project “Home is Where the Heart Is”:
“We’ve been working with socially isolated people, who came to tell us their life stories. We were very honoured to listen to those stories, and we worked with them to write songs. Ultimately, we held a final performance where their songs were performed.” – Diane Gray
“There were 11 individuals involved; they came together so well. And the way they all supported each other was amazing, and the performance was amazing.” – Ben Hudson
“You see people blossom. They’ve got their stories, and they become part of the process of creating the song, and they’re proud of what’s been produced. And the satisfaction that they’ve got their story out there.” – Diane Gray
Home is Where the Heart Is has been successful in a bid for a second year of funding, supported by funding the Cultural Spring, and the project is growing.
“We’ve asked several of the previous participants if they’ll act as mentors this year, so they’ll help run some of the workshops.” – Ben Hudson
Take a listen to this week’s ArtyParti for so much more; including about the future of CAPNE, how you could get involved in their projects, and advice for hosting your own participatory arts projects.
ArtyParti is a weekly radio show celebrating participatory arts in the North East – live on Spark every Monday at 11am.