Young artists showcase their work at BALTIC with a strong message

This Saturday, children from local schools will showcase their work here at BALTIC as part of a special event for children, young people and their families.

The LateMix event is the first young people’s takeover of BALTIC. The evening has been designed by and for 12-19 year olds and youth groups from Gateshead alongside BALTIC’s Learning & Civic Engagement Team. Pupils and students have been at the forefront of planning activity, curating spaces to exhibit their work and designing workshops for everyone to get involved in on the night.

The event is led by members of BALTIC’s own creative group for young people ArtMix, young people studying towards their Gold Arts Award from Duke’s Academy and schools working with BALTIC on the Creating Change project. For the Creating Change project, Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Heworth Grange and Joseph Swan Academy have worked alongside BALTIC artists Sophie Lisa Beresford, Bex Harvey, Jamie Cook and Megan Randall.

Creating Change is a programme with a mission to empower young people to use art to make social change. This project is supported by the Virgin Money Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport through the #iwill Fund.

Year 8 pupils from Cardinal Hume Catholic School have worked with ceramic artist Megan Randall to design and make ceramic tags decorated with positive messages that the young people would like to share with the world. At LateMix pupils will be handing out their tags to visitors to take away and pass on to friends, family or even strangers to spread their positive words. The young people hope to track the journey of their tags and the actions they inspire by encouraging people to take photos and post them on Instagram linking to @creatingchangenorth and using the #bethebestyou hashtag.

Pupils at Heworth Grange School took part in a photography and film making course with artist Bex Harvey. The group decided to make their film about inequality and explored issues of gender, animal rights, sexuality, identity and poverty whilst learning new skills in how to operate cameras and sound equipment. Their film will be screened for the very first time at LateMix and some of the group will interview the general public on the night to gather their perspectives on some of these issues.

Positive Young Ambassadors from Heworth Grange are a group of young leaders who have been working with Northern Culture artist Sophie Lisa Beresford to plan content for LateMix. The group have been experimenting with sock and bracelet designs to engage other young people in their campaign for equality which is titled “We Are…”. Pupils will be lead a ‘design a sock’ station so visitors can adorn socks with their very own powerful messages. Everyone is invited to share their designs on Instagram using #sockselfie.

Every pupil in year 8 at Joseph Swan Academy has taken part in an audio workshop with sound artists Bex Harvey and Jamie Cook. The young people’s voices and handmade sounds will be found in the places you least expect them as visitors explore BALTIC’s building.

The Trendsetters are a group of young people at Joseph Swan Academy who take a lead on Creating Change activity in their school. They have been customising denim jackets with their own individual styles and ideas for social change and will be running a badge-making workshop at LateMix so the public can wear their own social and political statements.

Follow @creatingchangenorth on Instagram to keep track of all Creating Change activity.

Saturday 23 February, 17.00-20.00
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
FREE. Booking required.
Book here.