Rebecca Davies, 2019
Making music videos with foster children, birth children, foster carers and artist Rebecca Davies.
After meeting with social workers in the Corporate and Permanence Team in Children's Care and Support, it was agreed that there was a strong appetite amongst foster families for more creative projects. The primary focus of these sessions would be to develop relationships within and between families. It was also agreed the session could support carers and young people to explore new creative ways to express their feelings together. The sessions were designed to include carers and foster children as well as birth children and in some cases foster and birth grandchildren.
The whole group worked towards producing music videos which led them to try animation, performance, drawing, and dressing up. The final film was shared in 2021 at the exhibition ;-), :-& ;-O New Town Culture: Art for Young People (Adults Welcome).
Rebecca Davies has a collaborative practice that crosses illustration, design, performance and event. Her work explores the role of art in making change, as a device and platform, to represent and communicate complex stories and politics. She has run participation projects with Turner Contemporary, Tate, South London Gallery and was lead artist for the Whitechapel Gallery Community Workshops for three years. Rebecca and artist Anna Francis set up The Portland Inn Project CIC in 2016 in Stoke on Trent working with artists, arts organisations and residents to improve their community and renovate an old pub building.