In 2017-2018 we are working with a range of artists on a variety of touring and place-based commissions across the UK; we’re also working with several artists to scale-up projects via R&D and through ongoing creative mentoring and learning.
Halifax Stories (name tbc) is a collaboration between Counterpoints Arts and All One Collective in Halifax. The project will bring together people from new and established communities to build connections and understanding through creative workshops. The project builds on the community skills training with migrants and non-migrants organised by Roisin Cavanagh of All1 Collective. The training focused on well-being, confidence building, practical leadership, public speaking and advocacy/campaigning, with some political literacy activities.
Stella Barnes, associate artists with Counterpoints Arts, will offer a series of creative intervention with a combined group of participants from three phases of the training. She will invite participants to consider how they can use creativity to construct new narrative and represent themselves from unexpected and original perspectives. Her workshops will focus on creative writing and story-making
The project is part of a wider Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded ‘Explore and Test’ project led by Counterpoints Arts. It will be a short intervention to explore the feasibly of longer term collaborations.
Stella is a socially engaged theatre-maker with a long standing commitment to arts and migration, her work is co-created with artists and members of the public. As Director of Participation at Ovalhouse she established We are London, an inclusive theatre project for young migrants and young people from more established communities and set up The Paper Project, a collective of young migrant artists. In spring 2017 she was artist-in-residence with idle women on board a narrow boat, in West Yorkshire and more recently devised Stranger Tales a verbatim, immersive, theatrical, storytelling event about encounters with strangers, which was made in collaboration with Counterpoint Arts and The Southbank Centre.