Please note, Loudspeaker has now completed its final phase. As part of the legacy of the project, a free conference took place on Friday 27th November 2015, which explored how the arts and voluntary sector can continue to work together to amplify women’s voices in Nottingham.
You can find out more about the conference and the hear about the experiences of women who took part in the project by visiting the Loudspeaker blog here: https://loudspeakerblog.wordpress.com/
A short film made by local film maker Ben Harriot and our Associate Artists Gillian Brent and Jo Dacombe in conjunction with women from the Loudspeaker project can be watched here:
On Thursday 26th October at 6.30pm, The Loudspeaker Conference was proceeded by the short film ‘Terms of Love’ and the documentary ‘1 in 4’, which both explore the often hidden world of domestic violence. For more information, please click here:
Loudspeaker was split into the various strands (some of which are outlined below) which overlapped to create a network of opportunities for local women.
Artist led workshops – Ten week blocks of workshops introduce women to contemporary art giving them the opportunity to engage with international exhibitions. Guided by our Associate Artists, Gillian Brent and Jo Dacombe, the group discuss themes and ideas within the artworks before formulating their own opinions and creative responses.
Mentoring opportunities – After participating in the artist-led workshops women were invited to return and volunteer as mentors, supporting other women and developing their own skills and work experience.
Accreditation – Alongside the workshops, the women were also able to achieve an OCN Level 1 qualification in Personal Identity and Self Esteem through documenting their journeys and personal development in sketchbooks.
Events – At the end of every block of workshops the women hosted their own celebration events where they were able to share the outcomes of the project with their family, friends and peers.
Public awareness strand – Towards the end of the first year of the project, guest artist Polly Brannan worked with the women to create a piece of art called 'Letters to the City', which was publically disseminated and gave voice to their concerns within the wider community. Find out more about the Letters project: http://letterstothecity.com/
Schools – In the second and third years of the project the women were given the opportunity to work with a Schools Advisory Group to develop a resource that will feed into Nottingham’s local school framework and emphasise the importance of social awareness and raising aspirations in Nottingham’s future generations.
Overall, this complex and innovative project offered women the opportunity to use contemporary art as a vehicle for personal and social change.