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Youth Takeover at Dance East

Youth Takeover Digital Art Workshops with Michelle Brace & Evewright at Dance East It was great to be invited to join in with Dance East’s Youth Takeover as part of Hullabaloo 22, a summer-long programme of art activities for young people in Ipswich. We have wanted to create digital art around the murals on Ipswich Waterfront for a long time. It was fantastic to work with artist Michelle Brace on a one-day creative workshop in Dance East’s Digital Studio which includes a 180-degree green screen room.

We were briefed to give space to young people to express their identity and creativity. We made digital art inspired by artworks painted on the Ipswich Waterfront and the workshop participants chose which mural on the day. Young artists had a Zoom call with artist Evewright to understand the process of making that work, in preparation for making new digital art with Michelle Brace. Young artists took photos of the mural and created moving images on iPads with the Procreate app.

High points of the day were teenager Sully and little Araminta both teaching dance routines for the very first time, the video call with Eve Wright the lead artist in our first youth mural back in 2020 and a surprise visit from the amazing dancer Isaac Breakin James. Amazing creative energy from the young people and fabulous artists supporting them and developing new skills.

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