Dundee Community Crafts Sculpture to Mark Finale of Arts Project
Published on 15 August 2018
What is it like to be a young person in Scotland in 2018?
A Dundee community project, which encouraged young people to express themselves through the arts this Summer, has left a permanent mark on the city exploring just that!
JAMD, led by local youth arts charity Front Lounge, focused on what it means to be a young person in the 21st Century. The project, which celebrates youth potential and activity, was funded by a Cashback for Creativity Open Fund award distributed by YouthLink Scotland and involved a host of local artists and art students celebrating the Year of Young People 2018.
During three Dundee community fun days this Summer, JAMD encouraged young people to take part in spontaneous arts events, painting and decorating boards which now form the basis of a huge sculpture. Today (Wednesday 15 August 2018), some of the artists involved began creating the geometric, moveable sculpture which will remain on site at Hilltown Park for the public to enjoy and interact with.
Chika Inatimi of Front Lounge commented, “JAMD had an amazing Summer encouraging local youngsters to get creative at Coldside Fun Day, Whitfest and The Attic Family Fun Day in Kirkton. We often find that people are shy to express themselves creatively – they think they’re not good enough, or have nothing to say – so it was brilliant watching some of them break through their nerves and pre-conceptions and actually create something for themselves, something specific to them. It’s been amazing seeing the final sculpture created today, for the public to enjoy thereafter.”
Artist Jacqueline Goodall added, “The current project has had such a positive impact on myself. It’s helped me grow as an artist, working with the diverse community and strengthening my confidence. When we do these events I can see that the children have freedom to enjoy themselves, speak their minds and have fun. Their spirit, enthusiasm and engagement has been amazing and encouraged us to continue these events in the community.”
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/