Starting in October 2013, and running through to April 2014, the Cannon Hill Collective offers young people aged between 16 and 24 the chance to engage and connect with mac birmingham: from initiating, producing and delivering their own projects to advising on mac birmingham’s wider work with young people.
This year’s collective will work with producer Amy Martin, and Stan’s Cafe. Stan’s Cafe is a group of artists from a variety of disciplines, though primarily theatre practitioners, working under the artistic direction of James Yarker. The company consists of a core of long-term collaborators and a range of associated artists. More information about Stan’s cafe can be found here. In addition the collective will be joined by creative industry professionals to explore the idea of where art becomes a political act – how creative expression can act as a means to affect social change and how art can challenge many of society’s deepest assumptions.
As part of the collective, young people will be encouraged to develop new ideas and projects from scratch, putting their own creative stamp on mac birmingham’s arts programme. Over the course of the six months, they’ll work alongside arts professionals, be introduced to top-notch creative work, be invited to mac birmingham’s events, and devise original work to share with young people across the region and beyond. In the process, the collective will sharpen their project coordination, leadership and teamwork skills and gain confidence in decision-making and creative abilities.