MAIL ART PROJECT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

An intercultural WW1 project between young people based in the North East of England and international locations

Marking the Centenary of the First World War, this mail art project for young people (aged 11-25 years) aims to create cross-cultural dialogue and exchange through research and visual art. Theresa Easton, the North East of England Project Manager, plans to work with young people in her region to research aspects of World War I and the legacy surrounding it. Using a wide range of printmaking techniques and art-making processes, they will be partnered with young people in other countries to exchange the art that results from their research. The exchanged artwork will be curated into an exhibition for display in communities and galleries throughout the North East region.

The project aims to increase understanding of the impact of conflict through its research into local historical records. Its use of printmaking techniques to explore and interpret local heritage resources has the potential to produce multiple artworks such as artist books, memory boxes, resource boxes and framed works. A complementary blog site will permit contributors world-wide to manage content.

Project themes using local NE heritage resources include:

Trench Art (TWMA & personal collector)

Women & the War (TWMA & Library Resources)

People’s Stories

If you work with young people and are interested in developing a project with young people in the UK please contact: theresa_easton@yahoo.co.uk or check out http://theresaeaston.wordpress.com for information about book art projects.

Deadline for expression of interest: ongoing.

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