We must keep connection with young people. They are our atoms, they are our genes
Older Generation Rebellion participant
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.
What next? 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.
Our aim for the next few months is to create a Generation Rebellion Zine. The artists have put together a series of creative activities to be completed at home. We are sending these creative packs to the students and older women both digitally and via post, ensuring maximum accessibility. We will then collate the artworks into a zine (a DIY, hand-made mini-magazine).
Generation Rebellion Zine is funded by Foundation for Future London