Windows On… Brentford is Back!

Windows on Brentford Part 2 Photo 2We were really excited to launch the installation of the second part of the Windows On… Brentford project last week.

Now Brentford has two amazing rows of digital artwork installed on the building opposite Morrisons. If you haven’t been to Brentford to see the artwork, you really should because it’s fab!

Here are a couple of snaps, along with a quick low down on the project. Fingers and toes crossed for part three…

Making Brentford even more brilliant!

In the summer  of 2009 the Windows On… Brentford project was launched. Now over 4 years later the project is back!
The Windows On… Brentford project was an idea developed by Sarah Hoyle, the founder of TWC. Back in 2009, Sarah was working and living in Brentford and on her daily walk to work she started thinking about how she could creatively contribute towards the community she lived in.
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She says “I used to walk past this old unloved building on the High Street opposite Morrison’s every day. One day I wondered what whether we could get kids to create artwork which we could then put in the windows of the building. That’s how the Windows On… project was born.” Now nearly 4 years later the project is back.
The first phase of the project saw the creation of eleven pieces of artwork, created by children from a variety of schools in the Brentford area. The artwork was printed and positioned in the bottom row of windows in the building opposite Morrison’s on the High Street.
The second phase sees the artwork placed in the second floor windows of the three story building. The themes of the second phase are Olympics and Play, celebrating the fantastic year of sports and activity in 2012.
Owners of the building Ballymore, have been really supportive of the project. Graham Haydon-White remarked : “We are really keen to support the Windows On… Brentford project. It is great to see young people creating artwork for their local community.”
Sarah adds; “I cannot thank local people such as Debbie Squires and Janet Mc Namara along with printing company Octink, Ballymore, Griffin Park Learning Zone and our young artists for helping us create the Windows On… Brentford artwork. Everyone was really supportive and the project is now well loved by people who live and visit Brentford.”

What an Amazing Summer!

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This summer the team at Together We Create have helped 21 groups of eager children make films, create animations, explore how to program, record their own music tracks and we even threw into the mix a couple of trips out and about!

Working with Griffin Park Learning Zone, TWC was commissioned to undertake two big projects this summer. One project was with A2 Dominion a major housing association with homes across the South East. A2 Dominion asked us to create a comprehensive four week programme of creative digital workshops and sporty workshops for the children that live on the GWQ Estate in Brentford.

Whilst that was running in the mornings, in the afternoons the TWC Team worked with a different group of young people to explore youth provision in Hounslow. Working alongside the current Hounslow Youth Council, the TWC Team recruited a crack bunch of investigative reporters to find out what young people really thought. Here is a short interview with three of our reporters explaining what they did.

The Investigators Tale

And as pictures always speak louder than words, here are some photos of the reporters in action.

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News Flash: FREE Summer Holiday Workshops

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Three by Three – Film workshops that make a Difference- with the Youth Council

Free Summer Holiday Workshops

A unique opportunity for young people to develop, shoot and edit a short film about what its like to be a young person in Hounslow, created in conjunction with film makers from Together We Create.

This FREE three day creative workshop will give you the opportunity to become a young filmmaker with a voice. Your films will contribute towards the Hounslow Young Voices, a project that aims to consult young people on what they need and want within the Borough.

The workshops will run between 2pm and 5pm at Griffin Park Learning Zone in Brentford on the following dates:

6th, 7th and 8th  August

13th, 14th and 15th August and

20th, 21st and 22nd August

Unfortunately due to high demand you will only be able to sign up for one week of workshops. No previous experience necessary. Contact the Together We Create Team at [sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk] for more details

More about…. Hounslow Youth Council

Hounslow Youth Council seeks to empower the borough’s young people with a strong voice in local decision-making. Whether it’s service provision, housing, environment, sports, development or anything else, young people need effective, meaningful and non-tokenistic methods to have their say.

 

TWC and the RTC: Lights, Camera, Kingsley!

 

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Together We Create is really chuffed to announce a new innovative project for London. Linking up with Brentford’s Apple Regional Training Centre, and Kingsley Academy, Together We Create and our friends at Griffin Park Learning Zone will be producing and delivering an animation festival for children at schools in central Hounslow.

The project will begin in a number of weeks, finalising with a celebrity screening at Kingsley Academy in October 2013. The Team at TWC are all very excited. More details to follow!

Stand up Featherstone

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Barry Ferns (one of the TWC Team) writes about his creative session at Featherstone:

“The project at Featherstone was a creative day where creative people came into the school to talk about their careers and give learning advice. There was a theatre director, a photographer, a tabla player and sometone doing a workshop on career guidance and creative goals.

I did three workshops; one on stand up comedy, one on drama and comedy and a third on script writing. They were all an hour long and gave an insight into the three subjects for the young people. The day was finished off with a Q&A Session.

A really lovely day which was well organised by the team at Featherstone. Look forward to next year!”

Mary Macleod MP and the Blueberry Blaster!

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On Thursday 1st March Mary Macleod MP visited Isleworth and Syon school to sample some of West London’s finest Smoothie creations.

10 Boys from Year Eight are currently working thought the tasks and challenges that the HOTS project has in store. Today the boys investigated food groups as part of the Dietician section of the HOTS project and  before the Smoothies began flowing from the blender a very vibrant discussion was had about good and bad foods.

Next week the boys will be looking at the work of the trainer and I am told learning all there is to know about BMX Biking !

News Flash: Sporting Sunday 26th Feb

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What are you doing on Sunday 26th February? Why not take part in the Gunnersbury Museum Sporting Sunday.

Pop into the museum and put your face on the cover of a sports magazine,
create your own sports medal to take home, and find out if you know your
carbs from your cholesterol in our healthy eating challenge!

Or take part in the free multi-sports activities provided by ‘Brentford FC
Community Sports Trust’ in the park, which include:
No advance bookings, places allocated on a first come first served basis.
For more information please contact 020 8992 2247 or 1612
Sunday 26 February, 11am–4pm. Admission: FREE on arrival to the museum
Nearest tube: Acton Town (District/Piccadilly Lines) Bus: E3

Happy New Year from TWC

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Wow what a year 2011 was! The HOTS really took off- we demonstrated the value of creative thinking in education in our run up to the London 2012 Olympics in Hounslow.

Sofia’s Science sessions took Wellington Primary School by storm.

We continued to collaborate with schools across London, Villiers High School,  Capital City Academy, Greenford High School and Acton High School to name a few. And we developed some really key relationships with community partners in Hackney, Barnet, Hounslow and … West Cornwall!

2012 looks to be a really great year for Together We Create. As ever we are keen to hear from people with good ideas who like to see things happen. If in doubt contact us via Sarah on sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

Best Wishes,

Catherine, Ben, Adam, Jess and Jo (TWC trustees), Pinny, Jack and Natasha (TWC trustees to be) and Sarah (TWC Project Worker)

Sofia Science Takes Off !

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Together We Create has a new recruit in the form of Sofia our fantastic physics expert. Sofia is in her gap year and to develop her skills and confidence she is helping younger children learn lots of brilliant science ideas. From nuclear physics to the solar system there is little that Sofia doesn’t tackle head on. To see some of the inspirational work that has taken place with her year six class from Wellington check out the slides below!