We must keep connection with young people. They are our atoms, they are our genes
Older Generation Rebellion participant
Generation Rebellion Zine
Magic Me has always been a pioneer, constantly innovating and adapting to change. The Coronavirus emergency is teaching us even more about how we can connect people together and what we need to do to include everyone in a community. With this in mind, we have found a way for the groups to work remotely until we are able to meet again.
In April the group adapted to new ways of working due to COVID-19, but still kept thinking and talking; staying connected with each other and creating artworks to show the world their thoughts. Asking ‘What might the earth feel like now?’ they contributed by returning drawings, paintings or poetry via post, texting or emailing pieces of writing, photographing their work or through telephone conversations which were documented. This zine brings together these visuals and text. Creative packs were sent to students and older women both digitally and via post, ensuring maximum accessibility.
It is often older women’s voices that are overlooked when it comes to expressing their views on current social and political concerns…offering a platform through creativity has proved to be an enjoyable and empowering experience for both women and girls. The creative process has allowed them the space to be activists together (before lockdown) and as individuals (during lockdown).
Elsa James Generation Rebellion artist
Read and download the full Generation Rebellion Zine here.
Magic Me’ Community Arts Trainee, Nazifa Yazmin, has created a short film bringing together responses and artworks from both in-person workshops and remote activities.
To have two different generations of women come together as activists, is an empowerment the world needs more of. No matter our age we can still make the world a better place.
It was so important to find ways to stay in touch with people some of whom were very isolated in their homes. This gave them a window on the world and us a window into their lives.
Sue Mayo Generation Rebellion artist
Generation Rebellion is an exploration of being an activist. As we enter the 2020s the Earth seems to be shouting at us about climate change, but how can we really make a difference? What could we do together as a group of intergenerational women that would get our voices heard?
Magic Me brings together students from Mulberry School for Girls with older women from the local community to explore the climate emergency. Led by artists Sue Mayo and Elsa James, we will be using art, writing, voice and drama to find out how to be a rebel, in quiet and noisy ways.
Throughout February and March 2020, a core group of students and older women met regularly to pool their skills, knowledge and questions on the climate emergency. In small groups they created four collages capturing their sentiments on the current state of the environment; hopeful, angry, hopeless and activism. This initial stage of the project ended with a public workshop at Toynbee Hall Wellbeing Centre, where the group invited other women to contribute their ideas to the conversation.
The core group were about to begin the next stage of Generation Rebellion building upon their ideas to produce a film and live performance. Due to the changing situations around COVID-19 this part of the project has been postponed until later this year.
The Generation Rebellion Zine was funded by Foundation for Future London
Generation Rebellion is funded by Arts Council England, Garfield Weston and Mulberry School for Girls