Images to be projected on to buildings

GREAT Yarmouth's arts scene is looking more vibrant than ever - and will be impossible to miss when buildings in the town become showcases for images made by local youngsters.

GREAT Yarmouth's arts scene is looking more vibrant than ever - and will be impossible to miss when buildings in the town become showcases for images made by local youngsters.

It is part of a project to involve 100 disadvantaged teenagers in the town, who will make pictures reflecting their experience of Yarmouth and being young. Working with Beverley Carpenter, who has worked in Cromer in the past, they will project them onto buildings and spaces. One of the sites could be Yarmouth Town Hall, which is currently cloaked in white fabric because of building work.

The £40,000 of funding has come to the borough council from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's Media Box project, and is also being used for a radio project. Working with the fledgling GYFM (Gorleston and Yarmouth FM) and Norwich-based Future FM, 100 teenagers will take over the airwaves on GYFM between October 6 and November 3.

The projects are being supported by Sea Change Arts, which is based in the town. It has secured £30,000 of funding from Children in Need to support the work it already does with 500 young people a year. It wants to make young people's work more visible and to encourage them to develop and lead their own projects. Much of this work will be showcased at the OutThere festival from October 25 to November 2.

Meanwhile the National Gallery is running a national pilot project working with older people in Yarmouoth, and September will see the start of a series of internationally renowned orchestras and soloists in the town. The first will be John Lill, Britain's best known pianist, with the Munich Concert House Orchestra, and others include Julian Lloyd Webber, and the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joe Mackintosh, chief executive of Sea Change Arts, said: “There is a lot going on. Yarmouth isn't the cultural desert it used to be.”

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Contact Sea Change Arts on 01493 846550 if you would like to get involved in the youth radio project, either as a school group, an individual, or by sending in a demo tape.