Over the past year, professional writers, film-makers and visual artists have been working with residents in Broughton to translate their personal stories into short films, animations, audio recordings and digital art, which have been brought together in the Cartography project.
Curated by community arts worker Lesley Sutton, the Cartography exhibition captures memories and recorded experiences through words and images, including a magical map charting memories of places from yesteryear; a secret garden where mothers are reunited with long-lost children; a recipe for making a much-loved cheeky child; and nostalgia for the heart-warming, home-made dishes of the past.
The poems and short stories revealed both individual and universal themes and experiences including the physical and emotional journeys made through residents’ lives, the secret places they go to remember loved ones or to escape troubles and even the cohesive and healing power of a good cup of tea.
Local participants in the project have come through the Writing Lives programme, a series of creative writing workshops in East Salford managed by The University of Salford in partnership with The Broughton Trust and Women Working Together.
Explained University events officer Harriet Morgan-Shami: “The Cartography project has offered Broughton residents the chance to use digital media in new and creative ways and, for many, the project was their first experience of exploring the potential of using film, animation, audio and digital art to take their creative work in new directions.
“It has also been an opportunity to bring communities together with the technical and academic resources available at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK building, where the work is being presented.”
The exhibition will be launched with afternoon tea on Tuesday 24 July from 2pm-4pm at The Egg space at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2HE. The event is free to attend and guests are invited to bring along their own tea cup or mug which may have some personal significance attached to it. Please RSVP to Harriet Morgan-Shami at the University on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 295 9003.
The Cartography exhibition runs until Friday 10 August, showing on the high resolution screens at The Egg at various times between 10am-5pm Mondays to Fridays. Admission is free.
One of the digital artworks on show at Cartography can be seen here.