A 12 month reminiscence project is being developed by artist Carolyn Lefley and Somerset Art Works.
Council-owned, defective Woolaway houses are being demolished and rebuilt on an estate in North Taunton. Carolyn will engage with residents and their families, to listen to, record and archive their memories during this time of change.
Project blog: https://woolawaystories.home.blog/
During informal meetings and conversations over a cup of tea, residents will be invited to share their stories about life over the years in the North Taunton Woolaway houses. The project will engage with residents, and their families, to listen to their memories and potentially photograph homes or gardens.
The final output of the project will celebrate personal stories and shared social history, ideas will evolve in collaboration with residents. However, initial ideas are: working towards a photo book project, a short film which would be screened locally, or the creation of photographs/images that could be incorporated into new community spaces – to link back to what was there before.
Carolyn works with photography and moving image and has previously worked on a community art project in 2016 in Yeovil with local school children and the charity Mind. She is looking forward to meeting residents and listening to their stories.
A Somerset Art Works community engagement project, working with the North Taunton Woolaway Project. Funded by Arts Council England and Somerset West and Taunton Council.
Published on August 15, 2019 // Sarah Adey