Harewood is delighted to have been selected in partnership with The Geraldine Connor Foundation as a Key partner for ‘Where we Are…’ a new national programme for young people by The British Museum.
Organised by the British Museum, and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, projects will be led by and co-produced with young people. The open and collaborative nature of these projects will enable creative and unconstrained approaches towards the idea of arts and culture. With direct input from young people aged 16–24, these bespoke projects will develop and evolve in response to a need in the local community. The Key Partner organisations involved span from a museum to historic house and art gallery and will support under-served young people to produce diverse and unique projects with their charity counterparts. These third sector bodies have missions ranging from a focus on young carers, a nurturing of new talent and the provision of music and arts education.
Harewood House Trust and the Geraldine Connor Foundation will work on a project with the idea that Harewood House acts as ‘My House’ – a place belonging to everyone individually. Young people will form a creative response to any aspect of the house, its landscape its collections and its history, including exploring decolonisation narratives and varying ways to present history.
Selina McGonagle, Director at Geraldine Connor Foundation said: “The Geraldine Connor Foundation is thrilled to have been selected to be part of the Where we are… programme. This co-produced project will be an opportunity for young people to explore the history of Harewood House creatively in their own way, giving them the freedom to express what the house means to them today.”
Jane Marriott, Trust Director at Harewood House said: “Since 2012 Geraldine Connor Foundation and Harewood House have worked closely on creative projects for young people across Leeds and the wider area. We do this in order to lift up marginalised voices and promote equality, diversity and inclusion. We use our programme to engage our audiences with the urgent issues of our time. It is therefore wonderful to have this commitment recognised by the British Museum and to be a partner in the Where we are… programme, offering underrepresented young groups the opportunity to address issues such as this across the UK today.”