Youth leisure has been a recurring source of public and political concern since the birth of the teenager in the late 1950s. Traditionally this concern has focused on young people’s use of public space for delinquent and deviant activities. More recently, however, attention has turned to young people’s retreat into private space and their use of digital technologies.
The (Re)Imagining Youth exhibition seeks to explore these issues through a focus on changing representations and realities of youth leisure in two geographically and culturally diverse sites: Glasgow and Hong Kong. Showcasing research funded under the ESRC-RGC bilateral fund, the exhibition draws together images from Pearl Jephcott’s groundbreaking work from the 1960s, alongside contemporary illustrations and photography. Comparing the post-industrial cityscape of Glasgow with the globalised density of Hong Kong, the exhibition will interrogate questions of globalization, inequality and social change in a way that is grounded in the experiences of young people.
It is anticipated that the show will comprise four thematically linked exhibits including interview extracts, participant-generated photography, specially commissioned professional illustrations, as well as multi-media and interactive elements. It will take place at The Bridge in Easterhouse, Glasgow. The Bridge is an award winning facility that joins together Glasgow Life Swimming Pool, Library, Glasgow Kelvin College, and Platform arts centre – making it an ideal location to engage community members in Glasgow East End, especially young people.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of linked events, designed to encourage audiences to engage with the material in a more informed and insightful manner. To launch the event there will be a special talk by Professor John Goodwin on the legacy of Pearl Jephcott and Drs Batchelor, Fraser and Whittaker will introduce the (Re)Imagining Youth study, followed by a drinks reception. There will also be opportunities to meet the researchers and attend some special drop-in sessions where visitors can explore the history of the East End or try out methods used in the study.
Dates: 7-14 November 2015
Venue: Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Rd, Glasgow G34 9JW
Target audience: General public
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