History is in your hands

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'Where we are' is your chance to have your say, take ownership of your work and collaborate on a brand new creative project at Harewood House.

The origins of Harewood’s wealth means it is a place which brings out many challenging emotions and differing opinions. The land on which Harewood House stands was bought by Henry Lascelles in 1738 using a fortune built from the Transatlantic slave trade. Profits made through the exploitation of Africans brought to the West Indies as enslaved people, were later used by his son, Edwin Lascelles, to build and furnish the house.

Working as a team, 10 young people with support from artists and an artistic facilitator will jointly express and realise a creative response to Harewood House and grounds. We aim to create a safe supportive space, to communicate, collaborate and create.

'Where we are...' is presented through the key partnership of Harewood House and the Geraldine Connor Foundation. It is one programme as part of the the national 'Where we are...' project, organised by the British Museum and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The Leeds based Where We Are programme is inspired by an original idea by Pauline Mayers

We're looking for young people who are:

  • Passionate
  • Creative thinker/problem solver
  • Team player
  • Curious
  • Enthusiastic
  • Responsible

You must also be:

  • Aged 16–24 ​
  • Willing and able to commit to the following dates:
  1. Saturday 23rd October, 2-5pm 
  2. Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October, 11am – 5pm 
  3. Saturdays 2 – 5pm from Saturday 6th November until Saturday 11th December 
  4. Saturday 15th January 2022

This project aims to give opportunity to those who are usually under represented in the cultural sector. Therefore we are using positive action in our recruitment processes.

We will actively encourage and prioritise places on the project to young people from African, African Caribbean diaspora from South, East and South East Asia diaspora and or ethnically diverse young people aged between 16 - 24 years from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds.

Please note, no prior knowledge, interest, or experience in museums, galleries or the arts is required.

What will you get from being part of this project?

This is a very special project, it is the first of its kind and offers a unique opportunity to work on a nationally recognised programme. It will enable you to develop your skills and experience and some of the key benefits to you include:

  • Having the opportunity to create an arts/cultural project about an issue that you care about
  • Joining one of the first partnership projects of this kind by The British Museum
  • Being part of a supportive team that recognises and values you for who you are  
  • The chance to connect with other young people, met new people and have fun
  • Developing and evidencing a set of skills such as teamwork, creative problem solving, project management, presentation skills, networking and communication 
  • You will be able to use this project as a showcase on your CV 
  • Being paid for your time, professionalism, ideas and enthusiasm

This payment is £30 per session attended, plus travel expenses.

How to apply

  1. Fill out an application form.
  2. Submit before the deadline: Monday 18th October 2021, 11:59pm.

We will let you know the outcome of your application by Tuesday 19th October 2021.

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If you have any questions please get in touch with us! You can email Selina at [email protected].

Top left image courtesy of Harewood House Trust.

Mid right image by Ashley Karrell.

The Leeds based Where We Are programme is inspired by an original idea by Pauline Mayers.