Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

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




Share    


City Reads is all about the pleasure of sharing books and stories  - and let's face it - Brighton & Hove is a very bookish city.  

Brighton's British Sea Power are set to release their first new material in four years. Melodic, direct and brimming with emotional urgency, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party is an album where rock muscularity joins inseparably with pop immediacy like a crate of the finest sparkling wine exploding inside a Marshall stack. 

Brighton played its part in the recent national One Day Without Us campaign, a solidarity movement for migrants facing uncertainty over their rights following the referendum vote to withdraw Britain's membership of the European Union.

City Reads returns with a stunning debut novel, from a British Asian writer, that is both relevant and important. The Handsworth Times is a book for our times - and should be read by everyone who believes in society.

Count Arthur Strong, who made Komedia in Garnder Street his home, will, following the successful transfer to TV in his own sitcom, grace the stage of Theatre Royal Brighton, this spring.

Ricky Gervais has had a busy couple of years with a mockumentary comedy feature filmDavid Brent: Life On The Road - 2016 also marked the debut album release of David Brent & Foregone Conclusion.

The Kemptown Carnival will be taking a year off in 2017 to fundraise and restructure the community group that runs it, with a view to staging the next Carnival in 2018.


The full programme for Brighton Festival 2017 - the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England - has been unveiled with the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest as Guest Director. 

Husband and wife team, Emma and Ross Murray, are taking on the Brighton Marathon this April to raise money to find a cure for children with Duchenne.

The Dance Space, which is due for completion in 2019, will be an iconic new centre for dance in the heart of Brighton & Hove and will provide much-needed space for professional dancers and the local community to enjoy dance. 

Following on from the recent announcements that jazz legends George Benson and Herbie Hancock are lined up to perform at this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, the next wave of acts confirmed for the event.
We Are Ian - Credit Matt Austin

Komedia Brighton has launched their May 2017 Festival programme, with tickets for over one hundred performances now on sale. 
Image (c) John Ingham 1977

Cartoon punks or just plain loveable rogues with an ear for a melody and a patent acquired on goodtime punk ‘n' roll?

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd