Blog (2018/03/29) The Change Makers – South Africa
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Blog (2018/08/16) Mobilising Histories: Reflections
blog (2018/09/24) Changing the Story Film nominated for Two National Research Film Awards
blog (2019/10/29) New Project: Developing Youth Leadership for More Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in Post-Conflict Countries
The ‘Mobilising Histories’ conference, held at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, brought together two projects funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which ask how arts-based interventions can build and mobilise human rights cultures with-in post-conflict societies: ‘Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build more Resilient Communities in South Africa’ (Taberner, 2017) and ‘Changing the Story’ (Cooke, 2017). The two-day event featured reflections from NGO and CSO practitioners, along with academic colleagues, who use film, drama and storytelling as effective mechanisms for: confronting dark pasts, mobilising traumatic memory and addressing continuing forms of inequality and injustice. At the heart of these discussions was a focus on how the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are increasingly influencing arts and humanities research, as well as heritage organisations. The talks, panel presentations and group conversations across both days frequently re-turned to the question of how SDGs enable, or potentially inhibit, arts-based interventions in post-conflict zones.
Engage Journal 45: Class and Inequality explores issues of class, socio-economic disadvantage and inequality in relation to gallery education and engagement programmes and the related sector. Read Permanent crisis of visibility: Young working-class Capetonians in Zeitz MOCAA from the CTS Large Grant ImaginingOtherwise project team, Aylwyn Walsh, Ashley Visagie, and Helene Rousseau.
This article authored by Aylwyn Walsh and Scott Burnett considers youth co-production in the context of the Changing the Story phase 1 project Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba. The participatory project conceives of ‘voice' as research data, turn of phrase, and character by engaging with the work produced by South African co-creator collective Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba, who contribute to voicing issues related to land, stewardship and futures. Developing Linda Tuhiwai Smith's five dimensions of decolonial theorisation, the article considers ‘voice' as a complex and dynamic formulation including regimes of power: funding, legacies of dispossession and ongoing marginalisation and highlighting the achievements of young people’s formulation of the stories of their world.
ImaginingOtherwise young people explore Cape Town, introducing their understanding of space and the creative use of film-making to represent people, communities and lives from the perspective of creative makers. Supported by @Lodeffilms as part of @Changing_Story @AylwynWalsh
Developed with young artists in collaboration with (Lo-Def Film Factory), this step-by-step film demonstrates how you can use mobile phones for telling your stories. A group of the ImaginingOtherwise participants learnt how to make films with their smart phones, including basic green screen techniques using minimal equipment. They worked with artists Amy Wilson and Francois Knoetze who run the Lo-Def Film Factory - an organisation that aims to make film making accessible to everyone. These three short films made at the end of our project by the participants, aim to reflect on the intersection of story-telling, film and politics. In the second video, the group shows us the basics of shooting with your phone. These videos are a culmination of our learning about how to tell meaningful stories through film.
The ImaginingOtherwise crew introduces some of their tasks and experiments using video storytelling to amplify voices and advocate for their communities.
In March 2018, Prof Chaya Herman, Dr Charity Meki-Kombe and Prof Stuart Taberner conducted a critical evaluation and review of Changing the Story Phase 1 project 'The Change-makers.' The report comprises of three sections: The context around The Change-makers programme, a critical evaluation and review report, and finally, the Change-makers programme roll out through 'train the trainer' workshops report, providing an in-depth and fascinating insight into, and evaluation of, one of Changing the Story's original projects.
Mapping Community Heritage is a research project led by seven young people from rural communities bordering South Africa’s Kruger national park in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, University of Pretoria and Pala Forerunners. The young researchers conducted qualitative interviews to preserve the narratives of the Utha community and to record the lived experiences of the older generations who were forcibly removed from their land.
In 2019, Changing the Story (CTS) launched a Mobility Fund, offering financial support of up to £1000 designed to enhance the mobility and professional development of CTS grantees based in the 13 project countries (researchers, practitioners and youth partners). The fund has proven hugely popular, providing excellent networking, knowledge exchange and additional research dissemination opportunities, beyond what grantees originally envisaged at the project application stage. This reports captures some of the opportunities and experiences made possible by the fund, which remains open until June 2021.
The final #ImaginingOtherwise project is an Arts Activism toolkit. This toolkit intentionally brings together case studies of innovative arts activism practice from the global South, activities to develop one’s own art activism, and different ways to think about why creativity, the arts, and social justice can work together. This toolkit is free to download and published under a creative commons license.
The Emerging Moringa Economy: A ground-breaking opportunity to boost rural green economies and youth employment in South Africa (2022) Policy brief from Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of Ecological Heritage.
Photo essay on the moringa economy in South Africa by Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of Ecological Heritage.
Meet Jayden, a Changing the Story Youth Research Board member from Cape Town, South Africa.
Meet Taahirah, a Changing the Story Youth Research Board member from Cape Town, South Africa.
Taahirah is 18 years old and from Cape Town South Africa. In this video Taahirah tells us more about her interests, inspirations and social engagement,
Suggest shares his reflections on the Phase Two Mapping Community Heritage project (South Africa).