Reveberations HERO

Reverberations

An art and heritage project working with Plymouth communities to explore historic and contemporary stories of migration

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Since 2019 Take A Part have been working in the East End of Plymouth on a Heritage Lottery Funded project Reverberations. In the lead up to city-wide commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to North America, Take A Part has been developing and delivering a programme of activity working with the local community and several partner organisations to share contemporary and historic stories of migration. Our programme has been developed and driven forward by the Coxside Arts Action Group, a group of residents and key stakeholders in Coxside who want to bring the community together through art. We have also worked with other community organisations including Prince Rock Primary School, Nomony Children's Centre Multicultural Parents and Toddlers Group, Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council Women’s Group, PRIME Skatepark Youth Forum, and with partner organisations The Box, Plymouth Community Homes, Active Neighbourhoods at Plymouth City Council, and the National Marine Aquarium.

"I've lived here 35 years but in the last year, because of this, I've met so many new people, people I didn't know right here, because of art. Some of it's been pretty out there! But I've loved it all."

Mary Coxside resident

“Thank you for everything you’re doing for us here in Coxside, it’s really great and I totally appreciate it”

Fiona Coxside resident

"I've lived here 35 years but in the last year, because of this, I've met so many new people, people I didn't know right here, because of art. Some of it's been pretty out there! But I've loved it all."

Mary Coxside resident

“Thank you for everything you’re doing for us here in Coxside, it’s really great and I totally appreciate it”

Fiona Coxside resident

Key project highlights from our first year include creating stories of local myths and publishing them in a zine with artists Crab and Bee; making music and movement about histories of the sea with Far Flung Dance Theatre (an integrated company of disabled and non-disabled dancers); performing with Beyond Face (a theatre company championing the work of performers of colour in the far South West) in the Teats Hill amphitheatre and sharing stories of home; creating photo and map weavings based on Chitimacha basket designs led by indigenous North American artist Sarah Sense; watching a film about histories of migration and their relation to ocean biodiversity by artist Laura Hopes in the National Marine Aquarium, which featured underwater recordings that we made; visiting an artist forge to see our co-designed planter and bench being made with our drawings showing our personal, local, and international histories on.

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Our second year programme has been developed by the Coxside Arts Action Group. They have commissioned artists Joanna Brinton and Bridgette Ashton to create work which creatively maps Coxside’s histories and relation to colonial histories. Bridgette and Jo will be focusing on Coxside’s histories of china clay, tea, and sugar to explore this with the community. The Arts Action Group are also commissioning an artist to look at the histories and myths of Coxside Carnival, with a view to reinstating it this year. This project is currently being reframed in response to COVID-19.

“I appreciated the trust that Take A Part had in us allowing things to unfold. This meant we had time to create and work with a story that was genuinely specific to Teats Hill; it was 'tailor-made'. We had genuinely convivial interactions with all sorts of people, made some good art, and were not worried about forcing people to join in and scaring people away in the process, but allowing them to come to us.”

Helen Billinghurst Crab & Bee

Through the Reverberations project art and heritage activities, as of spring 2020 we have:

  • Delivered 42 events and workshops
  • Engaged with 732 participants
  • Commissioned 20 artists
  • Worked with 9 project partners
  • Commissioned local residents as artists and writers - supporting local talent
  • Provided training opportunities for artists, producers, and residents across our programme - promoting life-long learning
  • Provided more engagement opportunities with the green and blue spaces in the Coxside community - promoting environmental care
  • Introduced different communities of identity and communities of interest to each other - promoting community togetherness and support, and cultural exchange

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“Coxside is an incredibly driven community with many members keen to take an active role in what happens here. They refer to things that have happened in the past, but rather than lingering on those things they use them as a driver to shape how things move forwards now. It’s been a really exciting community for us to work with”

Beth Richards Take A Part

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The Teats Hill community are working with Take A Part, The Box, Plymouth Community Homes the National Marine Aquarium and Plymouth’s Natural Infrastructure Team to build and create this amazing arts project.