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Enliven: Future Crawley Through Young Eyes

A three month season of performance, art and participation in Crawley to imagine what the future of the town looks like through the eyes of local 9 and 10 year olds.

Feb 26th – May 3rd 2022

Various locations around Crawley town centre including a secret location high up in Crawley town centre, Crawley Museum, Crawley Library and The Comic Shop.

From weaving in the museum to a one to one performance with children from Seymour Primary School in Broadfield, to making your own comic strip as part of WORDFestCrawley and a permanent mural in Crawley Library designed by children, this season offers curious people a chance to experience the dreams, aspirations and ideas of a future Crawley through a range of free, high quality arts experiences for and with the young people of the town.

Curated and produced by Creative Crawley in partnership with Crawley Town Centre BID, the season is split into three types of events:

Live performance: Lookout by Andy Field and Beckie Darlington with children from Seymour Primary School, Broadfield

Lookout is an internationally renowned, award-winning artistic project that enables a group of local primary school children to imagine a new future for their town and then share their vision with an audience of local adults, including politicians and policy-makers, through a unique one-to-one performance. We are living through a once-in-a-generation moment of change and upheaval - this project attempts to give some of Crawley's youngest and most powerless residents the chance to be the ones to lead us into a better future.

Visual art: The Lookout Mural in partnership with Crawley Library

Inspired by the young people of Seymour Primary School’s vision of Crawley’s future, a permanent mural will be designed and painted on a currently blank wall in Crawley Library by a South East based illustrator.

The Give it a Go workshop series: once a month in the town centre, people can explore new creative activities completely for free in a series of drop in workshops for all ages. This season includes opportunities to try weaving, making a comic strip and banner making for beginners.

Other news about future events:

Live Performance Without Walls in partnership with Brighton Festival: Sat 14th May 2022

Crawley Borough Council, Crawley Town Centre BID and Creative Crawley are pleased to host performances and work with Brighton Festival to bring amazing, bright, innovative companies to the town centre for a great day of entertainment.

Graphic Rewilding: Crawley town centre: We are delighted to announce that due to the popularity of the 60 metre artwork by Baker & Borowski, it will stay in position on the Marks & Spencer wall in The Pavement and around the town centre until at least the end of August 2022.

Wendy Bell, BID Manager, Crawley Town Centre BID says: ‘It is such an exciting time to be in Crawley, and it is wonderful that our younger residents will get the opportunity to share their ideas and vision, we cannot wait to see what comes out of the project!’

Creative Director of Creative Crawley, Louise Blackwell says: ‘There’s never been a more important time to listen to young people and I hope this season of creative activity in Crawley gives us adults a chance to reflect on their ideas in this 75th anniversary year of Crawley becoming a new town.’

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue at West Sussex County Council says: ‘We are delighted that Crawley Library is part of these events for young people. It is a really creative set of events over the next few months and I look forward to seeing the new mural take pride of place on the wall of the library.’


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