A project developed in partnership with Network – Middlesbrough’s service provision for young people who are not attending regular school.
Working with a graphic designer Matthew Sayle, Network’s young members were taught to use the Centre computer, introduced to various design applications, digital camera technology, while writer Lyn Critchley provided supporting literacy activities.
Taking on a journalistic approach the participants began documenting their activities at the centre, carrying out short interviews with staff and other users, and identify what it was that Network offered them and what other interests they might like to develop there.
The behaviour of the children was challenging, but the most difficult aspect of the project was the rapid turn over of participants, which made any development of raw work and initial drafts very difficult to follow through.
However after a few weeks we had started to build up relationships with the young people and we had some who started attending more regularly.
Matt Sayle — Artist