Young Creatives

8 December 2017

Creating with our Young Creatives

The last couple of week have been busy ones at GCF with the first workshops for our new Heritage Lottery funded project, ‘Windrush – An Influential Force on British Culture’, Leeds Carnival Choir rehearsals ahead of their upcoming Christmas concert on 15th December, and filming sessions with our Young Creatives for their short films. Phew!

You may have caught a glimpse of us filming at various locations across Leeds over the past two weeks as part of our ‘Portrait of a Young Creative’ film project. These short films follow ten young people as they explore how the arts have shaped and will continue to shape their lives. Actress and poet Melissa was relieved to find the forecasted rain held off during her day of filming in the city centre.

Filmmaker Ashley and young creative Melissa preparing before filming in Leeds
Melissa and Luke film project shoot, young creative stories
Shooting in central Leeds for Melissa’s short film

We weren’t so fortunate with the weather when we filmed Callum outside on the coldest day of the year – Callum and the crew were forced to take refuge in cars during snow flurries! But the team persevered and managed to capture some very atmospheric shots of the actor in the picturesque grounds of Harewood House.

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Film crew wrapped up to film actor Callum in minus temperatures

Pianist Rowan serenaded Christmas shoppers and commuters alike during his filming sessions playing the public pianos at Victoria Gate and Leeds Train Station. He has been working on a composition especially for this project, and we loved hearing it for the first time.

Filming Rowan in Victoria Gate Leeds
Filming Rowan in Victoria Gate Leeds

Filmmaker Ashley Karrell, who has been working with our Young Creatives to both shoot and help develop their films, said:

It’s great to see them taking artistic ownership of their individual short films. I think a few struggled with the amount of creative freedom they were given with this project at first. However, now we’ve started filming, it’s the perfect opportunity for each young person to start leading the creative direction of their films. After all, it’s their own stories and creative journeys they are exploring.

We can’t wait to share the final films with you in the new year. To find out more about the film project, click here.

9 November 2017

Call for Young Creatives to take part in new performance project

Looking for a new opportunity to develop your creative skills and perform to a wide audience? The Geraldine Connor Foundation is currently searching for young creatives aged 14+ and based in Leeds who are interested in music, spoken word, dance or film to create and take part in a production celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Windrush.

What was Windrush? The ship called ‘Empire Windrush’ brought the first wave of Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948, marking the beginning of the mass immigration movement in the UK that resulted in an estimated 172,000 West Indian born people living in the UK by 1961. To many, they are known as the Windrush Generation. Our brand-new production that you will help create will explore this momentous historical event and its impact in Britain today.

Weekly workshop sessions will be on Monday’s 6-8pm at the Mandela Centre in Leeds, and lead to performances in June 2018. We are looking for passionate and creative young people interested in exploring their cultural heritage to sign up for this exciting new project, which will also allow you to achieve the Arts Award at Bronze or Silver level. Please note, these workshops are free to attend and, although this opportunity is unpaid, it is a fantastic chance to develop your creative skills and work alongside professional artists.

Want to find out more and express your interest? Please get in touch! Contact the Geraldine Connor Foundation by email at selina@gcfoundation.co.uk or phone us on 0113 243 1166. For more details on this exciting project, click here.