Make Yarmouth 2018/19

Hana Loftus, HAT Projects

It’s officially the start of the summer holidays, which means that we’re part way through our ‘Make Yarmouth’ project. This August, we’ll be welcoming in Hana Loftus from HAT Projects to kick off our August architecture-themed mini-project block.

HAT Projects are award-winning architects and enablers for built environment projects. They have a reputation for fresh and imaginative thinking, a collaborative working approach, and a rigorous attention to detail. Their buildings are distinctive and widely praised.

Their focus is on projects that make a difference – that respond to real needs, allow organizations to thrive sustainably, and create better and more beautiful public environments for all who experience them. They are practical as well as ambitious, and seek to maximize the value that good design can bring, both financial and social.

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Hana Loftus, the Director of HAT Projects, trained in architecture but also worked within theatre, cultural planning and research prior to co-founding HAT Projects in 2007. She leads HAT Projects’ work on community enabling, housing and client-side services.

We can’t wait to find out more about Hana Loftus and HAT Projects, and to get stuck into a new creative brief for August. In our first session on Saturday 4th August, we’ll get started on a hands-on architecture project, which young people will make in our workshop space throughout August.

‘Make Yarmouth’ is led in collaboration with originalprojects;, supported by Neaco/Take Your Place and by visiting artists working locally and internationally. The sessions are run at 169 King Street, Great Yarmouth. As part of the project, young people attending the sessions can work towards an Arts Award qualification.

If you know a teenager (aged 13-19) who’d like to come along, then get in contact with Tricia Hall, Youth Engagement Officer via email: or call: 01493 743949. We are able to support with travel costs where applicable and lunch is provided on Saturday sessions.


Launch of Make Yarmouth! (June 2018)

We’re launching a very exciting new art & design project this June. The ‘Make Yarmouth’ project explores exciting practical arts skills – from fashion to furniture design – with inspiring international artists in a workshop space in central Great Yarmouth.

The mini-projects are delivered over 4 Saturdays and 2 Tuesday evenings every month until October 2018. They are free to attend and open to young people aged 13-19 years old. Plus, the young people attending could work towards an Arts Award qualification!

June – Fashion & Wearable Technology with Alex Murray-Leslie:

In the first mini-project from 2nd to 23rd June, we’ll be working with Alex Murray-Leslie, an inspiring mixed-media artist and wearable tech expert. Alex will talk about her work as an artist and musician making musical instruments for the feet that are used in synchronised swimming, ballet and aerial dance and her time in the art band ‘Chicks on Speed’.

In the first session of this mini-project, Alex will introduce the topic ‘Performing Extremes’ and will create quick experiments combining hats, gloves and shoes with different technologies.

In the following weeks the young people will design and make their own works. They will be supported by local artists/makers/educators in a practical workshop space to make a unique item of wearable performance design. If doesn’t matter if you don’t know what that means, we will explore the new ideas together!

In July, we’ll be doing furniture design with Martino Gamper, architecture in August with Hana Loftus of HAT Projects, product design in September with Will Shannon, and finally graphic design & communication in October with Maki Suzuki of Abake.

Find out more:

If you’d like to find out more or book a place for a young person, email: or call 01493 743946.

The project is delivered in partnership with Creative Collisions and originalprojects;, and is supported with funding from Neaco.

About Creative Collisions

Creative Collisions is an imaginative Youth Arts Network for Great Yarmouth where likeminded young people can share ideas, produce events and exhibitions and communicate opportunities in the arts. It is supported by Time & Tide Museum and local high schools and colleges

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