Barnardo’s Revolutions

The Barnardo’s Revolutions project will be delivered with the Battle for the Winds creative team and locally in partnership with Celebrating Somerset, Cirque Bijou, Bridgwater Education Trust, Behavioral Improvement Programme, Bridgwater Arts Centre, and Thrive. The Mayor of Bridgwater has chosen the project as his annual charity.

The project is for 10 young people working with two experienced project leaders and artists. The young people will also be able to gain a Silver Arts Award working on the project. The project is about practical skills and imagination and is particularly apt for Bridgwater with its tradition of illuminated carnival combining technical skill and visual creativity. Skills learnt will include design, welding, cycle technology, sustainable technology, lighting planning.

The project will run from Jan to July 2012. The project will centre on the creation of cycle-powered and human powered devices for a sequence of three events during that year, a finale show in Bridgwater Marina on March 24th, a parade and performance as part of the Olympic Torch event in Taunton on May 21st, the Battle for the Winds 26th to 28th July in Weymouth and Portland.

The project is designed to give young people an opportunity to learn transferable skills, to open up new career opportunities in the arts, and to gain additional accreditation through the Arts Award scheme, to be delivered by Bridgwater Arts Centre.

This project will build on the existing model that Barnardo’s has been successfully developing through Revolutions, an innovative mobile teaching and design and build space working in the South West. It will replace the mechanics module with set, costume and prop design, delivered by local artists in Somerset.