Hannah Nicklin – Artist in residence on Teviot
Award Winning writer/designer Hannah Nicklin to run an oral history/art project with Poplar/Teviot residents through free community-based game design, storytelling and writing workshops, starting 24th November. Hannah Nicklin, is the Social Housing Art Network (SHAN) artist in residence for the Teviot area this Winter/Spring.
The residency is supported by SHAN and Poplar HARCA. She will be undertaking a piece of storytelling art, alongside the Teviot community, starting this November. This will involve gathering stories herself, as well as leading Teviot/Poplar residents in a series of free workshops in different kinds of storytelling. As part of this Hannah hopes to recruit residents to do their own story-collecting. She is inviting anyone interested in collecting, and re-telling the stories of their friends, family and communities to come along to the free workshops in November, December and January.
The series of free workshops for all abilities starting this month will work with local residents so they can tell their stories themselves. These workshops are totally free, for all abilities, and with particularly welcoming sessions for adults, older people, mums, women, and young people. Areas include Digital Storytelling, Game Design, Community Storytelling, Poetry and Spoken Word. Full details:
- Creative Mums day time one off sessions for mothers of young children
- Writing/Remembering day time one off sessions for people 60+
- Digital Storytelling evening one off session for people of all abilities/ages
- Poetry and Spoken word evening one off session for people of all abilities/13+
- Game Design a series of evening sessions, one for young people, and the rest for all ages, women and girls especially welcome
- Community storytelling a series of several evening workshops culminating in a weekend day of story collection.
Hannah will be gathering stories herself by standing in the street and talking to strangers who stop and give her 5 minutes. She will also do in depth interviews early next year with residents of Teviot.
Of particular focus are the Game Design and Community Storytelling workshops, which will involve Hannah taking a group of people (no previous experience necessary) through a creative project over several sessions. Either developing a game idea around a true story, or training up in, and doing some actual story collection/oral history recording in the community. She is incredibly keen to work with people from all backgrounds and levels of experience, and therefore to promote the workshops wherever possible.
All workshops are free but spaces are limited, questions and bookings should be made via email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be an exhibition/presentation in Spring next year exhibiting what people make in the workshops, and what I will make as part of the residency.
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“I’m delighted to have been commissioned to be the artist in residence working with the Social Housing Arts Network alongside Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association (HARCA). This work will take me into the heart of East London, with a new piece of community-based storytelling, culminating in a new installation and game-based artwork.
I’m an artist who has been working in the space between performance, writing, community work, and game design for 8 years. My work contains two main strands which often interweave; a more interactive and pervasive strand of games-influenced work that uses sound, visuals and digital technology; and community-based storytelling projects and protest or political theatre presented in outdoor, wandering; or gently performative storytelling formats. I’ve worked with people like the RSC, Nesta, Northern Stage, BBC’s The Space, and in communities such as around swimming pools in Yorkshire, in rural Lincolnshire, and in town squares in Hammersmith, Vauxhall, Leeds, Bradford and Stockton-on-Tees.
I’ve proposed a project that will involve mapping the oral history of Teviot – in physical installations as well as in a game context.
I will use lots of different ways to collect stories from the people of Teviot – from inviting strangers to speak to me in the street, running workshops, attending community activities, and other ways I won’t have thought of until I begin talking to people, and looking into the social history of the area.
I want to work together with Teviot and Poplar residents to listen to their stories, and find a way of retelling them, together. I think that in an era of such a powerful mainstream media it’s really important for people themselves to take control of their stories, what others hear about them. We used to talk about ourselves in folk songs and story, and I like to try and work with people to think about what a modern, multicultural version of that tradition might be – how we connect with others, to think about who we are, and who we might be, together.” Hannah Nicklin
See more at http://poplarpeople.co.uk