Represent was part of Ignite Yorkshire, and was delivered by the Geraldine Connor Foundation and Heritage Corner.

15 young people aged 16-24 spent four days exploring neglected industrial narratives of people of colour at Leeds Industrial Museum. At the end of the week, the participants worked together to create proposals for public artworks that engage with these neglected stories, which were then presented to a range of industry professionals. 

Participants were paid for their contribution to the project and developed skills such as leadership, communication, critical thinking and teamwork. They were joined throughout the week by guest speakers including Khadijah Ibrahiim, Pauline Mayers and Jordan Keighley.

We were able to deliver the project in person with appropriate COVID-secure measures but most of the guest speakers and some participants joined us virtually. 

Read this blog, written by three of the participants to find out more. 


Ignite Yorkshire

Ignite Yorkshire is one of 12 projects in the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust programme which aims to make heritage relevant to the lives of a greater number and diversity of young people across the UK and is led by IVE.  Information about Ignite Yorkshire, the partnership behind it, its work and how to get involved can be found at

Photography, Film & Edited by Ashley Karrell (