A place-based project working with Ryelands school and the Ryelands estate community through consultation, collaboration and creativity, using the show to improve wellbeing by levelling up access to publicly funded art.
Lead artist Louise Gibbons is taking a year long residency in Ryelands school as Miss Baines, a character based on a council worker in Lancaster in the 1930/40s. The residency will engage key stage 2 children in creative activity culminating in a performance involving children, families and older people. Celebrating the community, the performance will imprint a collective cultural memory within the place located in the hearts of the residents who experience the project.
During the summer holiday (on the school grounds and around the estate), there will be a range of creative activities to get involved in for all ages, such as dance, crafting, and music. There will also be the chance for local residents to get involved and learn new skills through voluntary and paid roles.
The impact the work has on the future outcomes of the people who take part will be monitored, through the ‘Place-Based National Research Project’ which Miss Baines is a part of with Culture Counts and Ludus Dance.
Read the Miss Baines blog post here.