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Working Creatively from Archives with Jack Young

Friday 30 June 12pm - 2pm Online

Led by participatory artist and writer Jack Young, this workshop facilitated by Primary in Nottingham invites participants to think differently about history beyond the historically whitewashed narratives of dominant society.

Friday 30 June 2023

12pm – 2pm 


Free for Kaleidoscope Network members, £3 for non-members – booking through Primary’s Eventbrite

“The archive is a living, moving thing” – Neil Painter

This practical and dynamic workshop will explore what it means to work creatively from archives (and the gaps within), inspired by a recent community theatre project in Bristol and the publication of Haunting Ashton Court: A Creative Handbook for Collective History-Making. Led by participatory artist and writer Jack Young, the workshop invites participants to think differently about history beyond the historically whitewashed narratives of dominant society. It will ask which stories make the cut, who is given permission to tell them, and how we might re-shape them through collective artmaking.

The session will be an opportunity to find out more about Jack’s participatory practice, try out activities drawn from the ‘toolkit’ of the Haunting Ashton Courtbook, and reflect on how you might adapt some of these techniques to your own practice and context.
You can find out more about the Haunting Ashton Court book and project here.

“A genuinely exciting piece of art: irreverent, radical, experimental and collaborative. I loved it. All artefacts of stolen and hoarded wealth must be haunted!” – Yara Rodrigues, author of There Are More Than Things

This event is hosted by Primary. Book your ticket online through their Eventbrite.

Photo by Rebecca Beinart

About Jack Young

Jack Young is a writer and participatory artist living in Bristol. He writes experimental work with a focus on queer ecologies and land justice, and his hybrid chapbook URTH was published by Big White Shed in 2022. He co-hosts the literary podcast Tender Buttons in partnership with Storysmith bookshop. As an educator, he works with young people using arts-based critical pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on multilingual filmmaking, applied theatre and creative writing, to explore themes ranging from reanimating the gaps and silences in historical archives, to queer ecologies and speculative fiction. He has worked with schools, institutions and community spaces in Barcelona, London and Bristol including MACBA, Institut Broggi, the Royal Academy, Horniman Museum, Tate, Gasworks, Spike Island, UWE Bristol, Acta Theatre and Artspace Lifespace.

About Kaleidoscope Network

This event is part of the Kaleidoscope Network. The Kaleidoscope Network is a collaboration between The NewBridge Project, Spike Island (Bristol) Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and Primary (Nottingham). Formed in response to a need for mutual support, the network has come together as a way to share resources, increase what each partner is able to offer and create new connections between communities of artists. It also offers professional development for the associated partners learning from one another.

Membership to any of the four partner organisations automatically makes you part of the Kaleidoscope Network. This means you can attend selected events programmed by each partner. These events will be identified as Kaleidoscope activities on our websites and advertised as usual on our newsletters and social media, so keep your eyes peeled for details and booking.

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This event is accessed remotely online.