Creative Commissions 21-22

Linking schools with cultural organisations and creative individuals, our second round of creative commissions (2021-2022) seek to reconnect young people to themselves, others and creative practices.

Acting as a catalyst to inspire and empower, each selected commission will enable young people aged 13-19 years (up to the age of 25 with a disability or requiring additional support) the space to make critical comment on the world around them.

We have selected proposals that are of high artistic, cultural and creative worth.

Brain Hacks: A Phone Photography Experiment

‘Brain Hacks’ is a phone photography project focused on creativity as a tool for wellbeing.

Working with young people from Our Lady’s Catholic College, Lancaster, the project will be produced and delivered by photographer Ginny Koppenhol.

Scientific research supports increasingly, the theory that by finding ways to focus on the daily positives of life, we can improve our mental wellbeing. The role of reticular activating system (our brain’s filtration system) is central to much of this research, and highlights our ability to actively shift our perception, which is especially valuable during life’s challenges, as it enables us to view the ‘bigger picture.

Young people will learn phone photography skills and creative techniques, which they’ll take away to create daily images that favour the positive, joyful, exciting, poignant or peaceful moments (not ignoring/ dismissing the negative moments or the challenges associated with searching for positive ones).

Now You See It

Art & Design students from Lancaster & Morecambe College have been awarded the opportunity to work with Site Specific Artist Steve Messam on a project exploring ideas for transforming their local environments.

Steve’s work explores unseen spaces by transforming them with temporary interventions. Over a three-month period and supported by the Culture Co-op, college students will produce and exhibit their ideas for visual interventions in and around Morecambe.

As part of this project, an simple activity pack will be developed for secondary school students, to consider their own hyper-local interventions.