Friday 12th October 2018, Brighton Youth Centre

This event seeks to centralise the role of youth and community work and the importance of working with young people; drawing upon the expertise of those who use Brighton Youth Centre. The event will provide opportunities for knowledge sharing, reflection and debate in relation to three central questions pertinent to the politics of space:

  • Who gets to participate and how are relationships of trust negotiated?
  • Where and how do young people want to participate in the arts?
  • Why should we care?

Agenda for the day

10am Arrival

Performance of ‘Washing Up’ – A partnership between and

Followed by Q&A

‘The Washing Up is a community theatre piece that works, not merely because it is funny, irreverent, restless and inventive, but also because it is driven by ideas and techniques that are richer and subtler than you might at first think.’ BN1 Magazine

The Washing Up is a devised performance about an everyday and universal mundane act, that through stories, songs and verbatim testimony look beyond the surface bubbles and discovers what lies beneath. It was created and performed by artists and participants in addiction recovery and is centred round a fully working sink!

11am Presentations and Discussion: Reflecting on current models of practice between youth and community work and arts organisations.

Guest Speakers: Chris Charles (Chair of the Federation for detached youth work), Tania de St Croix (Kings College London) and Harriet Rowley (Manchester Metropolitan University)

12am Lunch (provided)

1pm Breakout groups: Interactive sessions centralising young people’s experiences followed by feedback.

Who gets to participate, where and how do young people want to participate in the arts and why should we care?

2pm Panel Debate

What are the key messages for new models of practice to take forward from the Brighton Creative Margins event?

3pm Finish

Meeting hosts

Tania de St Croix

Lecturer in the Sociology of Youth and Childhood, King's College London
A youth worker for 20 years, and is now a Lecturer in the Sociology of Youth and Childhood at King’s College London. Her current research project is entitled ‘Rethinking impact, evaluation and accountability in youth work’.
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Chris Charles

Chair of the National Federation for Detached Youth Workers.
Chair of the National Federation for Detached Youth Workers. Chris is a photographer and film maker that works with communities and the challenges they face. All of his work is grounded in creative collaboration/ engagement/ participation and health and wellbeing.

Dr Harriet Rowley

Lecturer in Education and Community, MMU.
She is an experienced ethnographic researcher predominantly working in education, social care and community-based settings.
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Mike Roe

CEO Brighton Youth Centre
Mike Roe is CEO Brighton Youth Centre. He has 30 years experience as a Youth Worker currently managing Brighton Youth Centre where young people, informal education, political engagement, the arts and skateboarding meet.