Imaginative Spaces at Braunstone Library
Our Artist in Residence at Braunstone Library, also known as the BRITE Centre, was Jayne Williams.
Through direct arts participation activity, a combination of school visits in and out of the library, professional performances and after school projects, Jayne and the team at The BRITE Centre worked with a total of 4,282 children, young people and adults, from March 2014 to Feb 2015.
Work across the year
Jayne launched her year as Artist in Residence at Braunstone's Library - The BRITE Centre, by writing and telling a short story for Key Stage One, 'The Night the Books Came to Life'. Set in the library and featuring its staff, the story told of the magical goings on after dark. It was shared with over 1,200 local school children, to encourage and develop their own story writing and telling, promoting the library as a cultural hub of activity.
For Early Years, Jayne created paper plant-pot puppets to aid communication through simple story based play. Story Bag and Word Wednesday - creative writing for all ages, were also designed as workshops that could be delivered by librarians as part of a legacy of Imaginative Spaces, with a promotional short film created by Sophie Johnson-Hill of SoJo Animation.
In Half Terms, throughout the summer, and after school evenings, Jayne worked with Visual Artist and Musician, Grace Capper to deliver play-in-a-week initiatives and launch weekly Youth Theatre. With a fabulous army of volunteers and Artist Liga Orlovska, they worked regularly with 60 participants aged 8+, creating new plays, shadow puppet theatre and a performative board game. A total of 8 performances were shared with family and friends amongst the many shelves of books in The BRITE Centre. One play was printed in the Leicester Mercury and another performed as part of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival.
For the Everybody's Reading Festival, Jayne worked with film maker Gareth Moulton to produce a short film, featuring regular readers in The BRITE centre and people from all over Leicester, sharing their best books and why they enjoy reading.
To create a cross-generational platform, Jayne and Grace along alongside Liga Orlovska and local musician Lawrence Brown, developed Open Mic Nights with performances of poetry, Shakespeare, singing, dancing, magic acts, a pop-up art exhibition, stand-up comedy, break dance, face painting, even a gymnastics demonstration, with 15 families as regular performers/audience members.
The Youth Theatre and Open Mic Nights will continue to grow and thrive through new Social Enterprise, Magic Roots.