A town-scale public art project that worked with young people in King’s Lynn to co-create art as a positive response to the climate emergency.
Between January and May 2022, the MANIFESTO* project worked with young people to create a climate change manifesto for the town, engaging with a range of artists and experts to inform the process. The manifesto was realised as a series of artworks revealed within a town-wide exhibition running from 14 to 31 May as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
The final MANIFESTO* is a positive, future focused statement for King’s Lynn led by the people who climate change most impacts – young people, which we hope will be very much supported by the people with the power to initiate change in public and private businesses and institutions across the area.
Watch the film we made of the final Manifesto*
The artistic vision for the project was led by internationally acclaimed music performance art collective Klanghaus Neutrinos, who delivered MANIFESTO* Live! – a flash mob and show on May 13.
Leading up to this, there was a three-month programme of free activities led by supporting artists Karen Frances Eng, John Kramarchuk and Sa’adiah Khan along with Collusion’s Liam Roberts, which enlisted young people to co-create art as a positive response to climate change. Together they created major new large-scale outdoor projections, soundscapes, an interactive poster, music videos, discussions (aka A Respectful Conversation) – all feeding into the production of the final written manifesto that was supported by an innovative real-time system for gathering, analysing and understanding what large groups of people think in their own words. Flick through the photo gallery above and videos on You Tube to see the spectacular results!
MANIFESTO is the third project in the climate themed GAME ON series led by Collusion for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, which seek to establish King’s Lynn as a national centre of excellence for cultural innovation in interactive, town-scale projection based artworks. The previous two projects were:
- DRAWDOWN (October 2020 & November 2021), a large-scale projection project by Ben Sheppee that considers potential solutions to reverse global warming,
- The Intergalactic Hanseatic League (October 2021), a sci-fi time travel adventure that engaged 25+ artists, and 850+ children & young people in helping people from the King’s Lynn of 2225 to discover what happened in 2021 to reverse the effects of climate change. The delivery partners for MANIFESTO are Arts Council England, the New Anglia LEP, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norfolk County Council, and PEACH West Norfolk.
Rachel Drury & Rich Hall, Producers
Pasco Kevlin & Lucy Farrant, LJQ Productions, Creative Producers
Liam Roberts Associate Producer
Savannah Andrews, Assistant Producer
Natalie Whitney, Assistant Producer
Klanghaus Neutrinos: Karen Reilly, Mark Howe & Jonathan Baker, Lead Artists
Karen Frances Eng, Supporting Artist: Digital Artist
Sa’adiah Khan, Supporting Artist: Carnival Artist
John Kramarchuk, Supporting Artist: Sound Artist
Jade-Marie Anderson, Exhibition Curator
James Thompson, Production Manager
Adam Yaxley, Ben Martin & Lou Goulder, The Workshop, Engagement Coordinator
Karen Frances Eng, Communications Producer
Slade Design, Graphic design
Callum Hunter, Filmmaker & Photography
Matthew Usher Photography Photography
Simon Richards, Carpentry
Katie Zipfell, Tayah Farnham, Lucy Peers, Stephen Barker, Michelle Tibbs, Kaila Webb, Anna Hutton, Jay Griffin, Diana Zauna, Modestas Riabovas, Navanah Ward, Carrie Cotton, Kirsty Brook, Kira Daughenbaugh
Other young contributors
Amber Thomas, Alfie Kramarchuk, Brogan Neale, Callum Gray, Cicely Thorpe, Clare Enters, Connor Britton, Damion Wood, Daniel Putman, Daniel Ringwood-Raines, Eleanor Howson, Emily Riggs, Emma Peers, Ethen Drew, Gabriele Brusovaite, George Templeman, Harvey Brown, Hugh Howes, Izzy Wright, Jack Godfrey-Long, Jack Sutton, Jade Rugg, Jenny Blatch, Jo White, Kacey Bell, Katie Beattie, Kieran Markham, Lexy Compton – Merritt, Lucy Reeve, Mickey Brown, Naomi Madder, Neringa Matakaite, Oliver Smith, Phoebe Bowers, Phoebe Campbell, Ricky Doran, Sam Connolly, Sophie Warner, Summer Axton, Thomas Chappell, Thea Enters, Willow Deane, Xo Mai Eng