Generation Change (previously The Thompson Park project) is a collaboration between Super Slow Way, Burnley and Blaze, an arts organisation led by young people to develop the next generation of Cultural Producers.
Working with 16 – 25 year olds who use the park and live in communities around the park the project aims to involve them in shaping the future of Thompson Park and the activities that happen there. In 2018/9 the group chose to focus on the impact of plastic pollution on the local environment including the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Thompson Park, and the River Brun. They raised awareness of this issue as well as wider environment issues through a social action campaign, culminating in a production of light and sound spectacular created in collaboration with internationally acclaimed light artists Illuminous which was performed in the park on Saturday 23 February 2019 (see video below).
Artist Tina Dempsey is currently working alongside Super Slow Way & Blaze with a group of young people in Burnley to explore what makes them happy, what makes them sad and how they can have a positive impact on their town through art.
The resulting artworks will be a collection of large painted panels of text, positioned at intervals along the canal, that share the voices of these young people with the whole town. The panels will be there to see along the canal from summer 2020.
Tina Dempsey’s practice is a process of examining sorrow and joy, exploring what triggers them, how they affect us and questioning how we might navigate these emotions in our modern, media saturated, lives. Incorporating humour, honesty, reality & the ridiculous.
You can also see what they’ve been up to on their instagram feed at @generationchangeburnley