Change? at Project Arts Centre was a festival of workshops and discussions directed by Jonah King, Andreas Kindler von Knobloch and Dylan Haskins. It aimed to examine and dissect our perceptions of ‘change’ as a concept. From that we hoped to encourage a lively discussion around the topic, with a focus on young people and what this realistically means for them and how they see their role in an uncertain future. Our intention was to inspire and encourage each other to engage with our immediate environments –our cities and towns.

Change? comprised a series of events structured around this theme. Te week began with an exhibition compiled from submissions by photography students on the theme of ‘unused potential in the city’. This will be exhibited and form the starting point for further group work.

During the daytime groups formed, comprised of students from third level colleges, transition year students and selected members of the public. Each group will choose an image from the exhibition and their task was to discuss its context and design an action, performance or art piece to realise the potential of that space. Actions were then carried out throughout the city that afternoon. Actions were documented by an onsite media team and displayed in the Cube space of the Project. The groups’ experiences then informed the audience discussions that night.

In the evenings panel discussions were organized with distinguished and special guests sharing their experiences in a discussion with the audience. The panel guests were seated among the audience to encourage debate and disrupt the audience/performer convention. The event intended to create a momentum of thought and a dialogue between the city and its new generations. Participants gained a sense of empowerment and enlightenment from the events and develop this in different directions, beyond the Change? event.

Supported by Project Arts Centre.