Group: Art Methods
Description of Method:
Storytelling is an engaging activity to situate in an Urban Room and can be done in person or via the display of films or audio within the space. This method complements the more conventional methods of presentations and can offer insight into the stories and lived experiences of groups and individuals within the community. Stories can be told by members of the community themselves or narrated by professional storytellers.
Purpose of Method:
Storytelling can reveal the hidden experiences and interests of the local community in its connection to place. Whether it’s in the narrating of the stories of people’s lives, past and present, or in the more speculative stories of possible futures, storytelling can reveal the richness and potential of a place in multiple and varied ways.
This method is engaging for a wide audience and stories can be tailored to appeal to specific age groups or interests. If displaying video stories within the Urban Room consider using subtitles for the hard of hearing or if in a space with other activities going on simultaneously.
Language Location and Me
A programme of activities at UR Folkestone in 2017 that explored the boundaries of speech and how language affects our perceptions of ourselves and others. This included performance readings from local and national poets to explore cultural identity and heritage, and what it means to declare one’s home and nationhood.