Freedom Festival welcomes creative projections by young artists

Young people taking part in a special project offering workshops with award-winning practitioners in contemporary art, photography, digital illustration, poetry, spoken word and shadow theatre will have their work showcased as part of Hull’s annual Freedom Festival this September.

The project, Art Celebrating Equality, is part-funded through the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme and has been organised by The Warren as part of its Can Do youth project. Led by young women, the project explores art, gender equality and freedom, aiming to bring diverse groups of young people together to explore their creativity.

Free workshops for people aged between 16 and 25 have been taking place throughout August with artists Sarah Pennington, Joanne Coates, Bee Willey Illustrator, Anna Ingleby and Catherine Scott. They will continue until the end of August at The Warren.

Lisa Wedgner, Festival Lead and Warren Can Do Coordinator, said: “This has been a monster of a project and the standard of work produced by young people in the city is incredible. They have really engaged with the artists and bought into the project.

The Freedom Festival, which this year falls within Hull 2017’s Freedom Season, gives us a fantastic platform to display their work and I can’t wait to see their spectacular achievements projected onto the Warren in September. A big thank you must go to the Lindsey Stockley from the Freedom team.”

Martin Green, Director at Hull UK City of Culture 2017, said: “Young people are at the heart of our programme and they are the ones who will inherit the longer-term benefits of what we achieve this year. The Warren does incredible work with young people in Hull and this project is no different.

Fancy checking it out? You can see the projections on The Warren during the Freedom Festival on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September.