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Thursday 27 October 2016

Project For Vulnerable Young Men Launches At Brighton Dome

A group of young men aged 15 – 16 from Brighton & Hove will launch On the Level - an exhibition focusing on vulnerable young men from the city - with a performance at Brighton Dome (29 October 2016).

Working with writer and performer Sean Mahoney and photographer Ania Dabrowska the exhibition will reflect the group"s thoughts on male representation, investigating the transitional journey from adolescence to manhood, and the risks boys face as they struggle to fit in and prove themselves as adult men.  

Young men are also particularly at risk of suicide - it is the second most common cause of death amongst men under 35.  

The project will seek to address these issues by creating bespoke learning  opportunities using photography, creative writing and performance as powerful, transformative learning tools. 

This project is part of Photoworks commitment to learning and participation; an intrinsic characteristic of all BPB16 projects and something that is extended throughout the programme, to ensure opportunities to take part are embedded from the commissioning through to delivery. 

Juliette Buss, Learning and Participation Curator at Photoworks and BPB said: 

"The MPower project is an important part of BPB16. 

"It will develop skills and improve the self-confidence of those taking part, through the creation of photography and performance." 

MPower will also build on the successful community work that Brighton Dome has been engaging in for the past few years through its flagship project Miss Represented, a collective of vulnerable young women aged 13-21 who face challenging life situations such as homelessness, exclusion from school, and mental health problems and are supported to produce multi-art events. 

Rebecca Fidler, Creative Learning Manager at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival said: 

"Seeing how the girls of Miss Represented have transformed and flourished over the years, we are delighted to be working with Photoworks to pilot this project for young men. 

"It is an important opportunity for us as a community to engage with and hear the voices of the young men involved who will have a safe space to explore issues and develop creative skills for self-expression.  

"We know the arts can play a significant role in shaping the lives of young people and helping them access new ways of seeing themselves and the world them. 

"This project presents a fantastic opportunity for this and for us to connect with these valuable but rarely heard voices."

On the Level runs from Friday 27 Oct – Sunday 6 November at Brighton Dome. See brightondome.org for more details.

by: Mike Cobley




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