The excerpts illustrated Swingbridge’s work with young people across the region over their 35 year history and in particular the changes in the lives of young people in Scotswood and the Meadowell Estate in Tyneside. These aimed to encouraged a discussion of the State of the Region.
The Check it Out excerpt was shown on Youth TV in 1981 but has new resonance and meaning in the light of the recent death of Maggie Thatcher. It features a local young people discussing their experience of life on the dole (and their feelings about Maggie) and a young flame haired Hugh explaining why he was working with young people in the area and the methods he was using in the project (1.42). Continue reading →
Here are a few images from our trip to London for the Connected Communities Showcase in London in March. Speakers included the Rt Hon. David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, and Connected Communities Programme Leadership Fellows Professor Keri Facer of Bristol University and Professor George McKay, University of Salford Continue reading →
Hugh Kelly has produced over 200 films. Swingbridge Media, the company he set up, makes films mostly in community settings, working closely with the people the films focus on, involving them in creative and editorial decision processes, and behind the camera during the filming.
As part of the Remaking Society project there will be two screenings and discussion sessions which will explore his work over the past 35 years at the Tyneside Cinema on the 5th & 12th of May. The first will focus on the State of the Region. Continue reading →
Here are some images from the production of Swingebridge Media’s film Tackling Poverty in Northumberland 2012. It shows the impact of poverty on young people. (Follow the link and use the password “Poverty” to watch it in full). The film will be part of a showcase celebrating 25 years of films made by Swingbridge Media at the Tyneside Cinema in May 2013. Join our mailing list for more details.
ODD NUMBERS is a new public artwork in Milton, Glasgow, created by artist Nicola Atkinson [NADFLY], a Glasgow-based artist who has shown her work internationally. Working together with Lee Ivett/Baxdendale and Love Milton Project, the artwork will be created for and together with the people who live there.
A thrilling parade through the streets of Fraserburgh brought to life by hundreds of young folk from the town and around. Maelstrom celebrates the stories, adventurers, songs and myths surrounding Kinnaird Head and its lighthouse. A stunning spectacle all finishing with a fantastic fiery finale.
Following on from Pandemonium, 2009 and Fantasmagoria, 2010 and Leviathan, 2011, Modo is working with school, youth and community groups to create Maelstrom, the Shell Fireworks Parade 2012, a sensational celebration of talent, culture and community.
Maelstrom is a youth regeneration project led by Modo in partnership with the Reaching Out Project, Community Planning Partners, Shell, Roofless, UZ and Aberdeenshire Council.