You may pass them on the streets or in groups drinking or pass by their tents but they all have a story to tell about why they are in the situation. Most stories are full of sadness, anger, abuse, neglect and mental health issues but they also have stories of friendship, sharing, compassion, hope and transformation. The project would be a way of working with clients to enable them to share their stories and to raise awareness about a whole series of issues but also to share stories of people whose lives have been turned around. Gloucester City Mission is a registered charity that has been working with the homeless and marginalised in our city since 2003.
Using art and crafts to explore people’s stories and journeys through adversity as well as the rich crafting traditions of the Gloucester and the surrounding areas. Art and crafts have been used in therapy and rehabilitation throughout history and Gloucester has its own unique stories to share via art talk. The processes of making and creating is an odyssey all of its own and can help break the stigma of disability and mental health.
We will create a collection of written and oral histories of the communities of Gloucester and their relationship with the quintessential ‘Gloucester Drip’. This popular traditional school snack, created by local bakeries, is very much rooted in the local community. We will provide free samples in a High Street setting, and record stories of people’s associations with this item and foods that have a place in their heart. By working closely with Gloucester Mission, who provide hot meals and food for those in need, we hope to drive a conversation around food banks and whose responsibility it falls to, to make sure people have enough to eat.
Monument Moments’ will be a hybrid digital and physical project. It will use animation to give people spontaneous moments to engage with the quirky history in Hillfield Gardens. A ‘treasure trail’ of QR codes will engage visitors with the architectural monuments. The QR codes will take visitors to a series of GIF animations on the Voices Gloucester website that bring the story of the spaces to life. The project will connect with families and children, as well as teenagers and young adults, who visit the Gardens at different times of day.
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