In March 2020, we were about to begin our next project with Albany Court and children from George Mitchell Primary. However due to the changing circumstances of COVID-19 we were sadly unable to do this. We have been working closely with partners to understand the changes and challenges they are facing and how we can support them to maintain a relationship remotely during this period.
Our Story, Our Street took place between May – June 2020, with Year 4 from George Mitchell Primary School and older people living locally at Albany Court and Gelebalnds. The project was led by artists Kathryn Horak-Hallett and Ben Connors. Together older and younger people created an imaginary street by sharing their own real life stories and experiences.
If we imagined Quality Street as a real road in Leyton, what would it look like?
Who would live there? And how would it reflect all of our wonderful work over the past two years?
Through phone call interviews with older participants, Kathy collected stories about the streets they had lived on. These stories became the inspiration for imagined characters and places. Year 4 at George Mitchell Primary School were then sent creative activity packs to help bring these imagined characters and places to life through drawing.
Kathy and Ben brought together responses to create a short animation film.
Our Story, Our Street was part of Magic Me’s At Home Together Programme.