Essential Sequential is very pleased to announce our new National Lottery Funded project; Joining Stories!
The new year long project will start in February 2022 and will work with young people aged 18 to 24 years old in deprived urban areas of Norwich who currently experience (or are at risk of experiencing) loneliness, isolation and their associated effects on wellbeing.
What will the Joining Stories Project Do?
We’ll be using some of the remote working techniques that we learned during our last project Sharing Stories (which took place during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic) to facilitate equitable collaborative activities, both online and in-person as required, producing pieces of sequential art that
will be reproduced on ethically sourced T-shirts for each participant to keep.
There will also be a printed booklet produced and distributed of the work created to promote this and future projects.
If you or anyone you know might want to get involved in the Joining Stories project get in touch now!
One of the attendees, Alison, had to say about the project:
“To start with the thought of making a comic was totally out of my comfort zone, but as Stuart explained things as the weeks went by I began to somewhat understand some of the process…
In the end our little group (as we were separated into different groups) we got a theme going and it became exciting wondering what the next week involved.”
Holly Sandiford, Project Coordinator at ArtAtWork CIC, said:
“The sessions were a real success in terms of skills, confidence, and wellbeing. It was a completely new experience for the group and the way that it was meticulously planned and structured meant that everyone was able to participate fully without feeling daunted.
One participant is non-verbal and autistic and a big comic lover and I have never seen her enjoy a session so much. It is great to be able to offer these opportunities to people who otherwise wouldn’t engage in the comic world.”
More Sharing Stories are in the pipeline working with other partner organisations.
Similar to our previous comic creation projects working with marginalised and vulnerable groups, Moving Ink and Studio GY, Sharing Stories will deliver a programme of workshops and online sessions, engaging a minimum of 80 women and people identifying as female in Norwich and surrounding rural areas.
The project is especially interested in benefitting those currently experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) loneliness, isolation and their associated effects on wellbeing.
What will the project deliver?
This project will be running until June 2021 and will cover a variety of design techniques and creative tasters allowing participants with different interests and skills to collaborate towards the shared goal of co-creatively producing 4 comics exploring themes and issues important to them.
The final comics produced will be shared both physically in print and digitally online.
If you work for another project or organisation working with people who might enjoy and benefit from creating comics in a collaborative setting then please get in touch to make a referral to the Shared Stories project or ask any questions.
Following on from the success of our 2016/17 Big Lottery funded project Moving Ink where we co-created comics with NEET young people in Gt Yarmouth Essential Sequential are very proud to have been awarded another Big Lottery grant for our new project Essential Studio GY!
What is Essential Studio GY?
The project will engage 80 young people, aged 16 to 25 in the Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas with the aim of expanding their capacity, confidence, and skills through the creation of comics.
Successful Comic creation is multi-disciplinary, requiring a variety of skill sets and is greatly aided by working as a team (writer, artist, graphic designer) – Essential Sequential’s skilled facilitators will assist local participants to form themselves into creative teams resulting in new, original stories in graphic form.
Progress Update: July 2019
Working alongside fantastic partner organisations Map and East Coast College, both of whom work with hundreds of Young people in Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft, we were able to smash our initial engagement figure.
We went on to create comics with teams of young people, giving them a real experience of what it’s like to work creatively to a tight brief and deadline.
Dave Canham, writer for one of the comics, had this to say about being involved;
“I’m so happy that I’ve got something out there with my name on it that I can say to my friends and family that I was part of the team that made it.”
All the comics produced during the course of the project will be available in print in various venues in Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
A supporting document, The Studio GY Plan Potential, will also be released collating evidence and thoughts gathered from organisations and project participants regarding local skills/ training provision and issues surrounding the employment market.
Please email us now to be informed of exact release dates of both of these.
Want to get involved?
If you’re a young person aged 16 to 25, live in the Gt Yarmouth or Lowestoft area and would like to take part email us now!
Likewise, if you are a professional creative or part of an organisation who’d like to find out more get in touch!
Come to one of the launch events!
Attend to on of our Launch events taking place at the following locations and dates:
Lowestoft Kirkley Centre: Friday January 18th 2019 (10am till 12pm)
Gt Yarmouth Library: Friday February 1st 2019 (1pm till 3pm)
The secondary aim of the project is to investigate both formally and creatively, opportunities to better inter-connect local creative practitioners to the design needs of Great Yarmouth’s social industries.
By getting local creative professionals involved, sharing their time and skills, the project will gather evidence as to the viability of a community based creative and commercial design studio.
The aims of the studio will be to meet the marketing and communications needs of regional non-profit organisations, whilst working in partnership (rather than competition) with local creative firms by utilising the skills the young people participating have developed in the creation of comics with the view to potential long term employment in the creative industries.
Essential Sequential are very proud to announce the release of their new community created comic, Hidden Fable: Fall of the Mage Tower in both print and digital format.
The 18 page comic, Part 1 of a 3 part story, has been created by a Gt Yarmouth based team Dave Canham (Writer), Hasina Choudhury (Pencils) and Freddie Cummines (Inks) as part of a Big Lottery Funded project working with young, unemployed people in Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft facilitated by Stuart Paterson (Essential Sequential Project Coordinator).
(We’ll also be at a similar festival taking place in Lowestoft for the Making Waves Together project – a post will follow about that shortly!)
If you’re aged between 11 and 19 come along to our workshops, experience something new and be inspired by the ever-growing world of arts and culture. Great Yarmouth is booming with talent and opportunities for young people to grow their creativity. DJ Shingleman will also be playing live music throughout the day.
WORKSHOPS ARE FREE and include a FREE MEAL. Places on workshops are limited, please sign up by calling MAP on 01493 854839 or register at Eventbrite.
We’ll also be sharing information about Essential Sequential’s new Big Lottery funded project, Essential Studio GY, where we’ll be looking for young collaborators to help us set up Great Yarmouth’s own comic production studio!
Essential sequential has been invited by one of our favourite annual events, The Norwich Gaming Festival, to run Comic creation activities during the summer Half term holiday 2017!
There will be Free comic drawing activities taking place in the marquee outside the forum in Norwich on Monday 29th May & Tuesday 30th May between 10 AM to 3 PM.
Just drop in anytime and stay for 5 minutes or all day!
The will also be a competition to win a pack of 24 Professional quality Letrasett Pro markers – So come along to enter.
And on Wednesday, May 31st there will be a special 2 hour comic drawing workshopin The Forum’s really cool Auditorium where anyone aged 9 and above can learn how to plan and create your own comic which you can take home with you.
Tickets only cost £6 which includes all the materials you’ll be using!
To find out more and book places visit our EventBrite page
Creative Collisions is an imaginative youth arts network in Great Yarmouth where likeminded people can create, collaborate and communicate opportunities within the arts.
The project involves young people in decision making and co production of events via a youth led steering group. Part of their goal is to connect young people with their heritage by working closely with Great Yarmouth Museums, such as the Time & Tide, and wider networks, regionally and nationally.
Who attended the comic drawing workshop?
The Saturday workshop started on a chilly winter morning at Great Yarmouth college where Essential Sequential workshop leader Stuart Paterson was joined by 9 enthusiastic young people, mostly girls, ranged in ages from 8 to 14.
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In previous weeks with other tutors they had been exploring challenging areas such as mark marking and life drawing, so the cross-discipline medium of comics presented a tantalising opportunity to put what they’d learned into practice in one exciting package!
How the Workshop went
The motivated group of young artists worked really hard for the session’s 3 hour duration – creating original artwork to accompany supplied scripts.
Using the pre-created comic scripts allowed us to concentrate on learning fundamental comic creation techniques and processes such as thumbnail sketching, using photocopiers to expand and shrink artwork and allowing space for speech and captions.
Amy Stock, Creative Collisions Tutor, who also attended and assisted with the session said:
“The session was amazing, thank you! The group loved it and yes, the results were fantastic!”
The ABC Comic Project helps long-term unemployed participants explore and uncover possible routes to employment or training through comic creation and solution-focused storytelling.
Created for Neighbourhoods That Work, a 5 year multi-agency project in Gt Yarmouth designed to improve community resilience, the ABC comic workshops demonstrate skills and techniques used by professionals to create amazing comic book stories and artwork whilst exploring the participants career & training options.
Aims and goals of the workshop
Using storytelling and comic drawing to explore and discuss each step on their journey with the workshop leader or others in the group could help uncover possible routes to your personal goals that could go undiscovered.
Using simple fill-in-the gaps worksheets we will create rough text and artwork for your comic panels – first focusing on describing your situation right now (the “Beginning” of your story), then we’ll leap forward to where you’d like to see yourself in the future (the “End” of your story).
Once you’ve chosen the Beginning and End of your story of the way we can focus on the most important bit – the middle of the comic!
The middle bit will describe a possible journey towards the story’s end – each panel showing a separate step towards fulfilling your final goal.
At the end of the workshop participants take away a few things;
A clearer idea of what your own personal goals might be
A better idea of how you might achieve those goals through simple, thought out steps
A pretty cool piece of finished comic book artwork
Could creating comics help your organisation?
Comics are an amazing, accessible tool for:
Sharing stories and experiences
Exploring problems and issues
Having fun and boosting confidence!
Creating comics could be a valuable, enjoyable tool for your organisation – if you’d like to explore the possibilites get in touch!