Funded by Creative Scotland, MiM’s Youth Arts Programme will provide arts activities to children and young people in Midlothian. Especially those most affected by COVID 19. The programme consists of six exciting and eclectic projects delivered by seven outstanding Freelance Arts Practitioners. The projects will be shaped by the young people involved. There will be a showcase of the output of each project in March 2022.
A summer programme of West African Dance that will involve the participants as co-designers and co-creators will allow them to have their voice heard in their own project’s design and shape. The project will culminate in a performance/sharing event.
Adie is a dancer, musician and singer. He is primarily a performer and teacher of traditional West African dance. He was trained in his home village of Langma, Ghana, in the school of world-renowned Mustapha TeQey Addy.
Together with Thomas Annang (Master Drummer, based now in Belfast but from the same village and school in Ghana), Adie also runs the performance group Akrowa UK.
In 2019/20, Adie was an associate on the DEBS graduate programme at Dancebase, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance.
This project will provide creative drama activity for children aged 4 and 5, who attend a Midlothian primary school nursery and begin Primary 1 in August 2021. The children’s own ideas will be at the heart of the sessions, offering opportunities to talk about feelings, worries and how to manage them.
Ailis is a Creative Drama and Youth Theatre practitioner, with a passion for making theatre and building stories with children and young people.
Most of her work is within Edinburgh city primary schools and in community venues as a freelance Drama Associate with The Drama Studio.
Ailis also works at Capital Theatres in Edinburgh and is currently on secondment to their Learning and Participation department. Of course, in the last year most work has been online which has offered challenges and opportunities to engage children in a different way. Ailis firmly believes in the benefits of working collaboratively with children and young people as active participants and the power of engaging through drama and stories in order to improve confidence, strengthen team-working abilities, develop communication skills and nurture imagination and creativity.
Workshops to teach young people how to make cyanotypes; an early form of camera-less photography. They will also learn how to turn their prints into artist’s sketchbooks. This will provide a great opportunity for young people to experiment with new techniques, learn about the history of photography and enjoy the scientific aspects of this creative process.
Plant Dyeing and Sewing Skills:
Workshops to teach the basics of hand sewing and embroidery and help develop awareness of eco friendly approaches to fashion including using plants to dye our fabric and making use of donated scrap fabric.
Annie is an interdisciplinary artist with a strong emphasis on participatory art. Her work encompasses storytelling, drawing and community-based practice.
In 2019 she was awarded a ‘LandMark’ residency from Art Walk Porty to create artwork about historic orchards in Portobello; in 2020 she created ‘The Neighbouring Orchard’. Over 100 apple trees are being grown in individual’s front and shared gardens throughout Portobello, Craigmillar and Musselburgh.
In 2020/21 Annie collaborated with artist Morvern Odling on a public art commission for Forth Rivers Trust. Working with the community Annie and Morvern developed a brass rubbing trail for the River Almond.
The sign language project will be a singing group for young children (aged 4-8) to improve their language skills, aided by Signalong.
The children will build their subject knowledge and a repertoire of songs with the collaborator and freelance songwriter, giving the children a chance to share their experiences, views and opinions.
Parents and carers will be invited to a sharing performance where the group will perform their original song, along with a selection of songs from their repertoire.
Hannah is a Primary Teacher and Freelance Youth Arts Practitioner based in Edinburgh. She graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2016 with a BA in Drama and Performance, then from the University of Strathclyde in 2018 with a PGDE in Primary Education.
She worked as an arts practitioner with The Drama Studio and facilitated various arts projects in Edinburgh before her PGDE.
She has taught predominantly in areas of mass deprivation and in Early Years, where she discovered the benefits of Signalong. She learned that combining music and sign can make language more accessible for young children. After training in Signalong and BSL, she integrated sign into her daily practice through song and has never looked back.
Laura is an experienced youth worker and will be working alongside the Amazing Brains Committee to deliver sculptural felting courses to young people in Midlothian.
She has worked with young people in various settings and locations, delivering all sorts of projects and activities, including arts, crafts, and fibre-related projects.
Abby Clelland (supporting Laura) is a Fashion graduate from Edinburgh College of Art currently volunteering for the Bill Russell Woodburn Youth Project.
Abby loves helping out each week at Art Club and sharing techniques and skills she learned during her time at university and during her own practice. She looks forward to working with Made in Midlothian this year alongside Laura to deliver an exciting art course allowing young people within the community to learn and experiment with Sculptural Felting.
This sculptural felting project will teach young people basic needle-felting techniques. Children and young people will learn basic needle felting techniques.
They will experience a research and design process, followed by the creation and completion of two and four finished pieces.
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a public display of their artwork. They will also have the chance to complete a Hi5 or Dynamic Youth Award.
Words are Lea’s business, whether it’s Storytelling, Writing, Podcasting or Coaching. An internationally acclaimed storyteller with a solid background in Community Learning and a proven track record in delivering all manner of projects, from coaching SMP’s to running creative writing or storytelling projects with schoolchildren.
Successful author of Midlothian Folk Tales, Animals Beasties and Monsters of Scotland and The House Beside the Cherry Tree. During lockdown, she took up podcasting. Her most recent series of Podcasts being Made in Midlothian’s Tell me More.
Lea lives in Midlothian with her husband, son, two dogs and a chicken.
The project will provide a safe space for young people to talk about, process and document their experiences. They will find/renew friendships, and – by creating individual stories, illustrations, a podcast and publishing their own book – will create something positive, borne out of a difficult time in lockdown.
At the end of the project participants will be given 2 copies of the book, and free copies will be offered to schools/ libraries throughout Midlothian. The remaining books can be sold through the Made-In-Midlothian Marketplace.
Throughout every part of the project the young people will be consulted. Including providing assistance in setting up an ongoing online writing club if that is what the students & the school want.