Launched in 2019, ‘Our Place in the World’ is an innovative three-year programme designed to enable young people to investigate and define their place in society via participation in high quality personal well-being projects, cultural and creative arts-based activities, community impact projects, bespoke 1-1 personal development sessions, educational events and our annual outdoor challenge programme.

As a targeted youth provision, young people are referred to the programme via local health, education and youth & community partners.

Our annual programme is delivered in partnership with industry experts and provides a voice to young people who feel disenfranchised and underrepresented; enabling them to make positive changes in their own lives and the wider community.

Our Place in the World: Cultural & Creative Education Programme

Developed in partnership between the Lancaster District Cultural Education Partnership (Culture Co-op), Lancaster University Outreach teams, Curious Minds and Lancashire Youth Challenge, this new two-year funded initiative will engage young people aged 13-19 (and up to 25 with a disability) from across the district.

Via participation in high quality cultural and creative arts-based interventions, the initiative has been designed to enable working-class, vulnerable and disadvantaged young people investigate, interrogate and define their place in society.

By providing a platform for disenfranchised and underrepresented young people to be seen and heard, the cultural interventions will enable them to not only make small, but positive changes in their own lives, but also have an impact in their local communities.

The world has changed fundamentally with over one quarter of the world experiencing some form of lock down and the rising deaths caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the world is currently in a state of shock, fear and uncertainty.

Whilst many of our schools, educational institutes, community spaces, businesses and arts organisations remain closed, each additional day contributes to the deficit of creative learning and participatory opportunities for young people across the Lancaster District.

During this period of uncertainly, the partnership will provide digital and offline educational and creative resources for CYP to explore and interrogate their place in this new world.

The Our Place in the World: Cultural & Creative Education Programme is one element of the wider Our Place in the World three-year programme, designed and run by Lancashire Youth Challenge.

2020 Creative Commission Recipients

Charlotte Barber @SHARmusic_

Charlotte Barber, professionally known as SHAR, has over ten years of experience as a Singer and Songwriter and also writes and produces music for Theatre and Film. Charlotte is a freelance Music Facilitator in Singing, Song writing and Music Production and is passionate about making music accessible to all. She regularly delivers sessions with organisations including More Music, Ludus Dance, Z-arts, Bolton Council, Burnley Youth Theatre among others. In 2020 she was awarded the Bridging The Gap Bursary by Curious Minds. Her previous work can be viewed here: https://sharmusic.weebly.com/.

GRAFT @GraftLancs

GRAFT is a visual arts organisation and community interest company (CIC) based in Lancaster. We established in 2017, and we have three primary aims:

  • To champion exciting contemporary visual art and support early-career artists, in particular from the North West of England;
  • To connect with wider audiences by presenting contemporary art as accessible, democratic and socially important; and providing creative learning opportunities for the Lancaster community, in particular children and young people;
  • To ensure all of our activity is truly diverse and inclusive of all racial backgrounds; genders (including non-binary and trans); sexualities; and visible or invisible disabilities.

We are currently a site less organisation, and all of our activity takes place in “pop-up” venues or public spaces. We believe that bringing art outside traditional gallery spaces is vital to presenting it as accessible and inclusive. Our past activity includes exhibitions in empty shops and public locations, such as Lancaster Library; interactive activities and installations for festivals and other events, including Light Up Lancaster; and a series of participatory workshops co-created with students from Lancaster University.

Opening up participation in contemporary art in a meaningful way is at the core of everything we do. We are especially motivated to work with children and young people in order to increase confidence and build excitement about contemporary art. Find out more here: www.graftlancaster.com

Theatre in the Rough/ Joseph Rynhart @titrtweets

Theatre in the Rough is a Lancashire-based producer of new creative work by emerging artists across the North West. Since 2009, it has produced 63 new plays and short films by 71 writers, published two anthologies and attracted audiences of over 23,000. It has co-created projects with capital partners such as Liverpool John Moores University, National Museums Liverpool, and Sefton MBC, as well as with a host of local community organisations. This project will be led by Joseph Rynhart.

Joseph has designed, delivered and managed award-winning educational experiences for more than 50,000 participants. He has worked on behalf of clients including the British Paralympic Association, English Heritage and Norfolk County Council. He wrote material for ‘Coastlands’ by Theatre in the Rough and helped create commissions for Arts by the Sea Festival (Bournemouth). As a designer, he collaborated with CATS winner (Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland) Jamie Macdonald to make work for the Tron Theatre (Glasgow) and the Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh). In 2018, he teamed up with the People’s History Museum to create artwork for public exhibition. This project won a Partnership Prize at the North West Cultural Education Awards (Curious Minds).

leo&hyde @leoandhyde

leo&hyde is a multi-award-winning musical theatre collective and production company set up in 2017. They use current music in experimental ways to tell contemporary stories that make sense of technology in modern life and the future. Their work has been performed across the UK in 4 UK tours of the work of writers Leo Mercer and Stephen Hyde: The Marriage of Kim K (2017, 2019); GUY (2018, 2020).

The company was set up in 2017 to produce the work of composer Stephen Hyde (shortlisted for the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer 2018) and writer / producer Leo Mercer (current recipient of the Stage One Producer’s award, under the mentorship of Selladoor Worldwide’s CEO David Hutchinson). As a writing partnership, Leo and Stephen are part of the Musical Theatre Network’s BEAM Follow-Spot Writers Programme, and are resident SPARK artists for Pegasus theatre, Oxford. Since 2018, the company has been managed by the company’s co-producer and resident sound designer, Dan Mawson.

leo&hyde’s most recent production, GUY (leoandhyde.com/guy), an electronic gay musical self-love story about dating, self-confidence and otherness online in the modern gay community, embarked on its second UK tour in Spring 2020, supported by the Arts Council. The show has garnered many 5 star reviews and 4 stars and won an award for Best New Writing at Buxton Fringe in 2018. An EP for the show has just been released on all major streaming platforms. 


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