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Perspectives: Remembrance is an exhibition of photographic-based artworks created by a group of young people who have experience of conflict.

The group of eight young women who are survivors of the 2017 Manchester Arena attack have come together to create their own personal artwork to show what Remembrance means to them.

Visit The Waterway Space at IWM North to see their work on display.

The Workshops:
What does Remembrance mean to you?

© Split the Atom
The Perspectives: Remembrance workshop. The song 'Never Let Go' was written and performed by Ellie, a workshop participant.

I thought I was alone, With, nobody there to guide me, home, I was, stuck for hours on the phone, Tryin' find someone to help me, But there you were, with open, arms, Ready to accept me for who I've become, But I, struggled to see the good, Then you, showed me all your ways, How to see things another way, And I, learned how to go on, Cause we're not, Gonna let them in, gonna let them change, Who we’re going to be, you've got to, Keep moving on, getting back to how we, used to be, If the stars are shining bright, They'll never fade out of sight, Cause we'll, never stop the fight, So, on a rainy day, Just know that it's okay, We're not whole, but they never take our soul, Our spirit is high and when we sing, we can fly, Cause we'll never let them see the end of us, Cause were not, Gonna let them in, gonna let them change, Who were going to be, you've got to, Keep moving on, getting back to how we, used to be, If the stars are shining bright, They'll never fade out of sight, Cause we'll never stop the fight, When you're feeling kinda low, And you struggle to find your flow, Just, try to hold on, ‘Cause we can, Never go back to the life we once had, But were here for each other, And were holding hands, So, on a rainy day, Just know that it's okay, We're not whole, But we'll never let go.

Working in partnership with Odd Arts and Bee the Difference, the women attended a series of workshops where they explored the meaning of Remembrance inspired by IWM’s collection and their lived experiences.

Centred around the question What does the act of Remembrance mean to you?  The women discussed how Remembrance has changed over time, since the First World War, and examined the differences between formal and informal, and personal and collective acts of Remembrance.

Facilitated by Odd Arts, drama-based games and collaborative creative writing exercises were used as forms of expression and inspiration for their final pieces. 

 

Work created in the Perspectives: Remembrance workshops
© IWM

Perspectives: Remembrance provides a platform for young people to creatively express their own experiences of Remembrance, putting their perspectives at the heart of the conversation.

'It has been such an honour to be part of this truly collaborative project, which explores the theme of Remembrance.

What is so special is that the voices and experiences of local young women are at the heart of this project, providing them with a platform to creatively express their own experiences of remembrance.' 

Dr Cath Hill, Bee The Difference

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© Odd Arts © Bee The Difference

Odd Arts deliver workshops with young people and hard to reach groups in a creative way to have difficult conversations in a supportive environment.

Bee the Difference - In 2022 Lancaster University, in partnership with the disaster response charity the National Emergencies Trust launched a research project called Bee the Difference, which explored the support services offered to young people affected by the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017. This unique project was designed in collaboration with nine young women who survived the attack and who had initially met as members of Manchester Survivors Choir.

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