My Current Generation: Art Workshops based on Brighouse Baby Boomers: Heritage Project

Arts for Brighouse, with support from a National Lottery grant, created an exciting heritage project, ‘My Generation, Brighouse and Rastrick Baby Boomers – Images, Stories, Objects’. Our Heritage Lottery Funded project focused on shared memories, images and objects from baby boomers who live in Brighouse and Rastrick.

In December 2018, artist Harriet Lawton ran an illustration workshop at Brighouse High School. Harriet’s practice responds to objects and collections through a variety of media including print, textiles and ceramics. She encouraged students to explore the significance of their own objects, and communicate object stories through drawing, photography and writing. They then used these skills to construct narratives in response to the Baby Boomer (My Generation) participants images and objects.

Below we can see the students mapping our Baby Boomer stories…

The students then went on to design ‘New Generation Objects’ which took elements of their own objects and the Baby Boomers images, stories and objects to create a new illustration. Found below…
Below we can see the Brighouse High School students’ ‘Post Card to Self’ as part of the Brighouse Baby Boomers workshop.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund: Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.