The GAP Arts Project : Interviewees wanted for Children in Movement programme

The GAP Youth Programme

Image Credit : The GAP

provided by: The GAP
published: February 2018

Children in Movement is a Heritage Lottery funded project that aims to discover, record and share the stories of those who migrated to Birmingham when they were children or young people, from as far back as the 1930’s right through to those who have settled here in the last few years.

Why are we doing this?
The GAP is an arts organisation that supports young people to make sense of the world through creative and cultural projects. Our young members have expressed concern that many distorted narratives are currently circulating about immigration, and that the value of diversity in their city – of which they are so proud – is suddenly being questioned.

The Children in Movement project is an educational and creative project designed to support these and other young people to find out for themselves the real human stories behind the ideology and scaremongering, and by exploring primary sources to discover the myriad causes and effects of migration for themselves.

How can you help?
Our lovely project participants, all aged 14-25 yrs, have been specially trained to conduct oral history interviews with many different people of all ages and from all origins. We’re hoping that you, or someone in your group or your community, would be a suitable interviewee for the project -? We’re looking for anyone who is willing to share their story of how they came to Birmingham/the UK in their childhood or youth from anywhere around the world.

It will require a couple of hours of your time at a time that is convenient to you. You will be asked to recall your memories to a young interviewer, and to permit a young photographer to take your portrait. This team will be accompanied by a professional project leader who will support them and make sure that you are happy with the process and its outcomes.

All the transcribed and summarised stories, plus the photographic portraits, will be displayed in a public exhibition in June 2018, to which all our interviewees will be invited. The stories and images will also be published in a beautiful new book. The books will be distributed to all of Birmingham’s local libraries and the project will be archived in the new Library of Birmingham for posterity, a significant resource for generations to come.

How do I get involved?
We believe this is a significant opportunity to raise awareness of our rich heritage of child migration, and to celebrate it together; to honour our differing stories as well as our commonality; to build our community and to strengthen Birmingham’s identity as a City of Sanctuary. We hope you will share our desire to achieve these goals, and wish to help us support young people to come to a deeper, fuller, more truthful understanding of migration.

If you think you can help please let us know – we would love to hear from you! If you have questions we would be more than happy to answer them, so please do ask and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What is the timeline deadline for people who wish to participate as interviewees?
We are ideally aiming for the end of March but can go into early April.

Get in touch with Ella or Arron:
M: Ella 07522 496 364 or Arron on 07761 307 675

Find out more about how Children in Movement has been going so far here >