In A New Light

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Credit: Image by Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir
It's hugely exciting to be at the beginning stages of 'In A New Light'. I am particularly interested in how this international collaboration will shape the work, influence my practice and impact the young people. My experience of reimagining my practice over the last few months of lockdown has allowed me to see the possibilities in working remotely and this project feels like a really exciting experiment of that new way of working. The idea for the project came from my desire to make dynamic and emotive work that responds to our ecological crisis, whilst I was also questioning the pressure put on young people to change the future. The work holds those complexities, echoing the continuous shifts between 'we must do something!' and 'I can't change things on my own' - attempting to understand the times that we live in. The international collaboration with partners and young people in Singapore and Bangladesh is at the heart of the project, where our collective explorations and discoveries will shape the final outcome.

—Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir

In A New Light

In A New Light is an international online performance project, a collaboration between artists and children in Scotland, Bangladesh and Singapore who face barriers accessing the arts. Young people from each country will work together with a team of artists to explore the collective voice of children and young people in relation to the current ecological crisis. Young people from St Ninian's R.C. Primary School (Edinburgh, Scotland), Beyond Social Services (Singapore) and Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Balia, Bangladesh) will take part. 

Three experienced artists – Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir, Kamruzzaman Shadhin, and Renee Chua will deliver and document the project whilst also responding to the young people’s ideas and the process itself.  

Connecting children and artists across borders is key to this project; celebrating diverse stories, cultures and experiences through contemporary performance. The groups will meet online between September to December 2020 and will engage in a variety of tasks that encourage creativity, reflection and collaboration. This project will culiminate in the creation of a performance using original text, movement and song, with young people and artists working collaboratively across the three countries. The young people's thoughts, ideas and experiences are at the core of this project and their performance will centre around their emotional connection to the ecological crisis rather than a didactic presentation. 

The final outcome of the project will be a performance film, made by Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir with the children in all three countries.  This film will be shared widely in early 2021 and will have captions in English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Bengali to make it accessible to different communities in Singapore, Bangladesh and Scotland.

In A New Light is a partnership between The Artground (Singapore), Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Bangladesh) and Imaginate (Scotland).  The project has been developed as part of the Singapore International Foundation’s Arts for Good Projects.

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If you would like to know more about this project, please contact Imaginate's Schools Project Manager, Kirsty Robertson