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Easterhouse Children’s Manifesto

Tue 26 Mar → Sat 13 Apr | 10am - 5pm
All ages
Free admission

A new animated exhibition - ‘An Easterhouse Children’s Manifesto' - has opened at the library at The Bridge.

Developed over a year long process of co-creation involving composer Brian Irvine and director John McIlduff (Dumbworld) and in collaboration with the children of Oakwood Primary School in Easterhouse and Red Note Ensemble - ‘An Easterhouse Children’s Manifesto’  - is a collection of 7 musical animated video posters that explore ideas of personal autonomy, kindness and human connectivity from a child’s perspective. Platform is delighted to support the exhibition coming to The Bridge.

The exhibition includes short video clips from the Oakwood Primary pupils and friends from Easterhouse - showcasing their thoughts and voices, expressing their views (in a fun way!) about today’s world: They Are Not Robots! Eat Strawberries! Listen to Your Dog! If local kids ruled the world, how would it look? 

The exhibition was opened at Platform on Tue 26 March with Oakwood Primary pupil Liam Campbell cutting the ribbon and who said “it was a fun project to take part in”. Almost every child at Oakwood Primary contributed to the video clips and the exhibition is going on tour across the world and has already been to a Children's Festival in Belfast - next stop is Istanbul!

Brian Irvine, Co-Artistic Director (Dumbworld) said: "We are very proud to present the result of this co-creation, and we hope that visitors will have as much fun discovering these posters as we had creating them! 

"The truth is that grown-ups for all their own perceived wisdom often lose their way, get entangled in their own importance, in their own relationships with power and control, and money and success.They often believe they know best… but do they? 

"The superpower of children is their ability to remind us of the core values of humanity, care, humour, and joy… values which in their honesty and depth, and simplicity feel increasingly anarchic within the context of an ever turbulent and confused world. Their simple advice: “listen to your dog“ or “be nice” or “eat strawberries”, seems to poke at the heart of what we as a species are all about… these incredible children in this beautiful project illuminate the wondrous and reignite the deep sense of love and fun and care within us all.

"It has been one of the most inspiring and authentic and enduring collaborations I have ever had the pleasure to be involved in.”  

Pop in up until Sat 13 April and check out the 7 screens (headphones provided) -  and don't forget to sign the visitor book and answer the question: ‘What would make the world a better place?’

Additional info

Free - drop in

Closed Easter weekend

Monday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday / Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Closed on Sundays

Suitable for all ages

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