MPAC: Collective Encounters: Political Engagement in Youth Arts Practice
Times: 10:30 - 16:00
A full day workshop exploring the use of the arts as a means to engage young people in political concepts and ideas.
This full day workshop combines presentations from tutors, peer to peer learning and practical exercises which will introduce participants to:
• Diverse and international approaches to using the arts as a means to engaging young people in political concepts and ideas.
• Explore the ethical challenges of this type of work.
• Creative and practical exercises that can be used to introduce young people to political ideas and concepts.
• The benefits of using youth arts practice to explore political concepts and ideas.
• Appropriate campaigning networks and bodies.
Who is it aimed at?
This workshop is aimed particularly at youth workers, youth theatre leaders, activists and campaigners.
Ben Mellor is Collective Encounters’ Youth Theatre and has been delivering the company’s work with Looked After Children and Young People for the last three years. Prior to joining Collective Encounters Ben worked for over ten years as a freelance writer, performer and educator. As a facilitator and director he has worked with a wide range of young people and adults from a variety of backgrounds in schools, colleges, universities, theatres, youth centres and prisons. He has delivered workshops and projects for venues and organisations such as Apples & Snakes, Contact, The Lowry, The Royal Exchange, Manchester Literature Festival and Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Matthew Elliott leads on Collective Encounters’ Radical Makers Training Programme. Prior to completing his PhD in Embodying Critical Engagement: Experiments with politics, theatre and young people in the UK and Chile Matthew studied Community Theatre at LIPA, and completed an MA in Theatre and Global Development at Leeds University. As well as working for Collective Encounters, Matthew is also a lecturer in Community Theatre at LIPA and works collaboratively with Colectivo Sustento in Chile and Lagnet in Kenya.