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29 On Now

Queer Company

29th Feb 2020

A project exploring experiences of growing up queer in small industrial towns through the 1990s and 2000s.

Project Details
Categories
  • Collectivity
Creative Team
  • Artist: Ames Pennington
  • Film maker: Sophie Mallet
  • Producer: Kate Houlton
  • Assistant Producer: Natalie Hughes
  • Culture Hubs Producer: Thomas Dukes

Throughout 2020, queer artist Ames Pennington held a series of conversations and exchanges with young people living in St Helens who identify as LGBTQ+/ LGBTQ+ curious/ an ally to explore experiences of growing up queer in a small town in the 90s to experiences of what its like for young people growing up today in St Helens, what has changed and what has stayed the same?

Through conversations and creative workshops Ames worked with young people to compare and contrast Ames' experiences growing up queer in a small town in the 90s with young people’s experiences of growing up and living in St Helens:

What are the differences?
What has stayed the same?

This collaboration culminated in two new artworks; a piece of writing and an accompanying film work.