Dundee Artists Give Power to the People!
Published on 29 June 2018
A Dundee community project, aimed at encouraging young people to express themselves through the arts, will kick off in the city this weekend.
JAMD, led by local youth arts charity Front Lounge, focuses on what it means to be a young person in the 21st Century. The project, which celebrates youth potential and activity, is funded by a Cashback for Creativity Open Fund award distributed by YouthLink Scotland and will involve a host of local artists and art students celebrating the Year of Young People 2018.
JAMD will have a presence at three Dundee community events this summer, allowing young people to take part in spontaneous arts events which will then filter out into the wider city. With its first public appearance at Coldside Fun Day at Hilltown Park on Saturday 30 June (12-4pm), JAMD will also attend Whitfest in The Crescent, Whitfield on 6 July (11am–2pm) and The Attic Family Fun Day in The Attic Lounge, Kirkton on 11 August (12–3pm).
The artists involved, some of whom are Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design students, will encourage anyone and everyone who is at the events, particularly young people, to leave a mark on the collective artwork. The three art pieces from the three events will be constructed into a sculpture or structure of some sort, representing bringing communities together through art. Once the project is complete, the artists will break up the sculpture, frame parts of it and distribute them around Dundee to cafes, bars, youth groups, community centres and so on. It is also hoped to hold an exhibition featuring the art works produced, alongside the voices of young people captured by a group of Front Lounge volunteers.
Chika Inatimi of Front Lounge commented, “We are really excited to be taking JAMD out into Dundee this Summer, encouraging local youngsters to get creative whether it’s through painting, sculpting or spray painting. Sometimes people are shy to express themselves creatively so this project hopes to break through these inhibitions and get people involved, some of who may never have viewed themselves as having any creative flair! It will be fantastic to see what comes out of this project, and to share the results city-wide.”
Founded in 2001, Front Lounge was created to encourage young people from marginalised backgrounds to pursue careers in the creative industries. Front Lounge was recently successful in The People’s Projects National Lottery Fund, which ploughed almost £35,000 into the Bringing Up Baby ‘Kindred Clothing’ project.
For more information about Front Lounge, visit https://www.frontlounge.org/