Sunderland Echo

Sights and sounds of South­wick lives

- By Kevin Clark kevin.clark@north­ Twit­ter: @kevinclark Arts · Sunderland · Iceland · Austin · Belarus · Austria · primary school

The cul­ture of South­wick has re­ally been put on the map.

A new dig­i­tal map of the area has been cre­ated, out­lin­ing its cul­tural past and present.

A group of com­mu­nity en­thu­si­asts from the ward has worked in part­ner­ship with re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Sun­der­land, to cre­ate a dig­i­tal map fo­cus­ing on the life and cul­ture of lo­cal peo­ple.

The project is a cul­mi­na­tion of eigh­teen months of work with com­mu­nity groups, lo­cal his­to­ri­ans, artists and those who live and work in the area.

The com­mu­nity re­searchers in­cluded writer Alan Parkin­son and vis­ual artist Lyn Killeen who de­liv­ered a se­ries of com­mu­nity re­search work­shops at South­wick Com­mu­nity Pri­mary school, Austin House fam­ily cen­tre and the South­wick Neigh­bour­hood Youth Project (SNYP).

“Re­search is im­por­tant to me per­son­ally as well as in my own prac­tice as an artist,” said Lynn.

“Work­ing with Putting South­wick on the Map as a com­mu­nity re­searcher I’ve done lots of re­search as well as learn­ing many new skills, in­clud­ing oral his­tory record­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tory ac­tion re­search.

“I’ve just learned so much that I can take into my fu­ture as an artist, and to share with to the group.

Alan has been de­lighted with the re­ac­tion from Sud­dick­ers to the project.

“The re­sponse has been ex­cel­lent,” he said.

“Once peo­ple knew what we were do­ing and un­der­stood the aim, they re­ally bought into it.”

The dig­i­tal map is made up of sto­ries, art­work, pho­to­graphs and voices por­tray­ing South­wick past and present in the words of peo­ple who live and work there.

It is part of a wider re­search project called Cul­ture Map funded by the Univer­sity of Sun­der­land and is led by Pro­fes­sor Tr­ish Win­ter and Dr Caro­line Mitchell. The map is de­signed by Dr Andrew Richard­son.

“Our re­search has re­vealed the rich­ness and va­ri­ety of South­wick’s cul­tural life,” said Prof Win­ters.

“The map is very di­verse. You will hear the voices of South­wick peo­ple across the gen­er­a­tions. You will see sto­ries of hid­den art­works and South­wick in­ven­tions, and read his­tor­i­cal ac­counts of the cre­ative pur­suits of skilled ar­ti­sans in the ship­yards and mines.

“It dis­plays a host of ac­tiv­ity from com­mu­nal ac­tiv­i­ties like the school’s lantern fes­ti­val and the ju­ve­nile jazz bands of the 1970s, to young peo­ple’s cre­ative sto­ries.”

“You will hear the voices of peo­ple across gen­er­a­tions” PROF WIN­TERS

 ??  ?? Putting South­wick on the Map. Front, from left, Dr Caro­line Mitchell, Dr Andrew Richard­son and Pro­fes­sor Tr­ish Win­ter.
Putting South­wick on the Map. Front, from left, Dr Caro­line Mitchell, Dr Andrew Richard­son and Pro­fes­sor Tr­ish Win­ter.
 ??  ?? Vis­ual artist Lyn Killeen.
Vis­ual artist Lyn Killeen.

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