Mapping the City

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Mapping the City is a year-long project aiming to understand the NewcastleGateshead conurbation as it is experienced by the region’s young people. Launching this year, the work will culminate in an exhibition at Juice Festival 2016 as part of a young people’s ‘Manifesto for the City’. Participants will work alongside practicing artists, staff and students from the Department of Geography and Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University to identify places, activities and culture which they value.

This year, the Core will host a pilot exhibition of work produced by students from the Royal Grammar School and Walker Technology College with artists Ben Jones and Jessica Dolby.

We’ll be using a similar approach to the mapping we’ve done with skateboarders and other urban sports enthusiasts (see elsewhere on this blog). After the pilot we’ll be producing a teacher’s pack to enable pupils from schools around the city to contribute to the project. If you’re interested in getting involved and would like more details, email us here.

More about the project:

Exhibitions

The Late Shows 2016

The Late Shows 2016 saw the launch of the ‘mid-point’ exhibition at the Holy Biscuit. The exhibition ran until June 2nd. You can see photos and examples of the work on display here.

Juice 2015

As part of the 2015 Juice Festival held an exhibition of pilot work and launch. It was held at The Core, Bath Lane (off St James’ Boulevard), Newcastle from 23rd-30th October (weekdays only).

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Invite for Teachers to Preview Event

Dear teachers,

You are invited to a special preview of Mapping the City, an exhibition of young people’s maps, presented as part of the Juice Festival – a festival for families and under-25s produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative. Thursday 22nd October, 16.00-17.15 at The Core, Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne

Please share with any colleagues you think might be interested.

My name is Jon Swords, I’m a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Northumbria University. With colleagues in architecture and geography, we’re working with the Juice Festival to learn more about how young people use, and want to use the city.

The aim is to find out more about the parts of NewcastleGateshead young people like, the places special to them, the bits they want improved, and the places that really don’t mean much to them. This will provide information for a larger project to produce a young people’s Manifesto for the City, a statement about the future of the city which takes into account young people’s views. We’ve piloted academic and artist-led workshops with geography pupils at Walker Technology College and art classes at the Royal Grammar School (see here and here for blog posts about the work so far), but we want to get as many schools involved as possible.

The exhibition is free and open to the public weekdays 23rd-30th October, and explains our methodology, but most importantly showcases the maps and stories of the pupils involved in the pilot project. We’d love it if you could come along to a teachers’ preview of the exhibition to find out more about taking part. We want as many kids from year 7 to 13 involved as possible to get as diverse a picture of what NewcastleGateshead means to them as we can.

We’re producing lessons packs and resources for you to use to teach pupils about maps, how they are produced, what they do, and their power to make visible people often overlooked in official plans of cities. These can be used as stand-alone lessons, to kick-start a project about cities, or as a primer for a workshop. We can also help you organise sessions with us, artists or current university students.

At the preview we’ll introduce the project, you’ll have the chance to speak to us and pupils involved in the pilot, and you can see the work so far. We can offer you tea, coffee, wine and nibbles. Please sign up using this Eventbrite form to let us know you can attend.

If you have any questions, can’t attend but want to sign up for lesson packs, or want more information, reply to this email and we’ll be in touch.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon

Jon, Mike and Sebastian

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Info for Participants

Mapping the City : Participants’ Information and Consent

Mapping the City is a year-long project aiming to understand the NewcastleGateshead conurbation as it is experienced by the region’s young people. Launching this year, the work will culminate in an exhibition at Juice Festival 2016 as part of a young people’s ‘Manifesto for the City’. Participants will work alongside practicing artists and staff and students from the Department of Geography at Northumbria University to identify places, activities and culture which they value.

This year, the Core will host a pilot exhibition of work produced by students from the Royal Grammar School and Walker Technical College with artists Ben Jones and Jessica Dolby.

We’ll be using a similar approach to the mapping we’ve done with skateboarders and other urban sports enthusiasts (see elsewhere on this blog). After the pilot we’ll be producing a teacher’s pack to enable pupils from schools around the city to contribute to the project. If you’re interested in getting involved and would like more details, email us here.

As the pilot unfolds we’ll be updating this page with photos and maps.

Before you start, we need to make you aware of some research ethics stuff. This work is part of research by geographers and architects at Northumbria University, and won’t be used for any other purpose than those outlined here. Everything you provide is anonymous, unless you want to include your name, nickname or tag – we don’t need any personal information about you. The research is part of a project we are undertaking with the Newcastle-Gateshead JUICE Festival. It is intended to contribute to a “Manifesto for the City” for you to influence the decisions which are made about, and on behalf of, young people in Tyneside and the services and facilities provided for you.

The work you produce may be:

  • featured in an exhibition during the JUICE Festival;
  • published online in the project blog or as a podcast;
  • included in a pack of information to encourage other schools to take part or in the “Manifesto”; and
  • presented in articles or book chapters we publish as part of our jobs at Northumbria University.

We know your work will be important to you for your portfolios, so we will try to take copies whenever possible and return originals to you.

There may be photographs taken during the workshops and we may wish to record you speaking about your work. If you do not wish your work or words to be included, even anonymously, then let us know and we’ll ensure they aren’t. If you are happy now for your work or words to be featured, but change your mind later, then you can withdraw consent at any stage by contacting us via Mike’s email address below.

We have previously organised PlaySpace (Dance City, 2010), PlayToon (Holy Biscuit and the Late Shows, 2012), Urban Fictions (Holy Biscuit and the Late Shows, 2014) and Traversive (Dance City and JUICE Fringe, 2014) showcasing photography, video and art by local street sports participants, urban explorers, artists, comic book and ‘zine writers.

We often use maps in our research, which have also been shown in exhibitions and publications, as they demonstrate the importance and value of the places and activities to the participants.

If you’d like to know more about us, what we’ve done before, or to just follow this project, then please look at our blog:

https://accidentalyouthclub.wordpress.com/juice

You are welcome to contact us at any time to find out more, join in, drop out or to get hold of articles we have published.

Contact: Michael Jeffries, Department of Geography, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST. Tel. 0191 227 3755. email: michael.jeffries@northumbria.ac.uk

Thanks for taking part.

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