Sefton – The Atkinson

Sefton’s Festival of Hope 2020

While we are all in a cocoon, wouldn’t it be a chance to reinvent how we wish society could become? Could we spread hope for change through simple gestures and ideas to transform the way we think, the way we do, the way we are, the way we communicate, the way we relate and exchange.

 

Like a caterpillar, we’ve eaten and consumed so much. Now we are forced to slow down, forced to reflect on the things that matter to us most. What do we want to be when we come out of our shell again, what shape and colour will our wings take when we open them again, as if for the first time?

When COVID-19 interrupted the original plans of festival production, the team of Young Producers invited artist Laurence Payot to work with them to develop a digital aspect of the project called ‘Butterflies in the Chaos’.

By working with a team of Young Leaders – Lisa McGrady, Greg Hodge, Sally Dugmore, Max Regan and Shannon Weekes – together with a group of Sefton-based 14-18-year-olds, the team is imagining new ways of living together in a different kind of society.

The workshops are taking place online via Zoom, with each exploring a different theme  art form and/or artworks in The Atkinson’s collection, including:

  1. Portrait making in the age of selfies
  2. Everyday ‘alive’ Still Life
  3. Landscapes, from your window and beyond
  4. Reimagining the world through narration and film-making
  5. Collective online soundscapes
A digital artwork will be created as an outcome of the project, which will be available online to view and engage with in early August.

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