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Lookout UK (2012-2013)

Location: UK, Nottingham

Keywords: Young People

Project Background

Partner Organisations: Catch 22, Chapter 1, FACT Liverpool, FARE Glasgow, LIVE Magazine, Media Trust, Nottingham Photographers’ Hub, Waltham Forest Community Safety, Z-Arts Manchester
Project Manager: Matt Daw
Project Support: Clare Struthers, Aimée Woollard

Lookout is encouraging and supporting young people across the UK to speak out about issues that affect them and other young people in their community.

LOOKOUT UK website is now LIVE! -

Lookout UK website is now LIVE

Under 25? Submit your photo and message with the form below (and model release form or video of subject giving consent if it is a photo of a recognisable person) signed by you (and your parent /guardian if you are under 18). Your photo and voice will join those of young people all over the UK and could be seen in exhibitions, online, posters, leaflets and more. Watch this space for details of prizes and opportunities for those submitting photos!

Photo Submission Form

Model Release Form

The debate around issues such as gangs, knife crime, youth opportunities and peer pressure is too often held in political circles and the media, over the heads of those most affected, and those who hold the key to improving the situation – young people themselves.

Workshops have just finished in Walthamstow, London, resulting in powerful digital stories on the subject of girls and gangs. Watch this space for a chance to view these online!
Workshops start in January in Manchester (in partnership with Z-Arts), and in Nottingham (in partnership with the Nottingham Photographers’ Hub).
In February Lookout Glasgow begins, with workshops with young people in partnership with FARE Scotland.

Since June 2010 UK-based international charity PhotoVoice has been working with young people from all backgrounds across the UK providing free training in digital photography and offering opportunities for young people to amplify their voices in the debate around youth issues. The first phase of this project, Lookout London, included groups of young people in supported housing in Walthamstow and Homerton, and focused on the issues of gangs and knife crime in London. Click here for more details about the project and where the work was shown. Throughout 2012 and 2013 PhotoVoice will be running workshops with hundreds more young people in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Glasgow and more, to support them to speak out about issues they feel strongly about through photography, music, spoken word.

Throughout 2013 photos and words by young people about all sorts of issues affecting youth in the UK will be showcased via youth media websites and magazines (including features in 3 consecutive issues of LIVE Magazine), viral internet campaigns and national press.

A Lookout Youth Conference at FACT in Liverpool in June 2013 will be a chance for young people from the North of England and beyond to come together to discuss some of the issues and attitudes raised in the photographs and captions produced. The Conference will feature a photographic exhibition, multimedia screenings, photography workshops and a keynote panel debate tackling the issues facing young people in modern day Britain. Young people are invited to participate whether they have been involved in the Lookout project or not. Booking (free) will open in February 2013. The day will end with a social event for young people, with live music and spoken word performances.

The outcome of the Liverpool conference will be the beginnings of a ‘youth manifesto’ containing testimonies, perspectives and recommendations for the government and local authorities from young people. This document will be worked on and added to by young people throughout the Lookout campaign in 2013 and the finished manifesto presented at a follow-up youth conference in London in September 2013.

The youth conference in London in September 2013 will take place at Rich Mix and will consist of a day of debates, workshops and presentations, and a day of fun activities, live music, creative workshops etc to engage public and further young people in responding to the perspectives shared through the work.

The first group to complete a course for the newly expanded Lookout UK project is a youth group run by Catch22 in the Rye Hill Estate in Peckham. Click here to watch a documentary about the workshops.

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Project Outputs

Further project info

Lookout Peckham Staff
Lead Facilitator: Miguel Amortegui
Support Facilitators: Kristian Jeff Agustin, Lucin Marshall, Simone Novotny
Catch22 Workshop Support: Michael Gellineau

Lookout Walthamstow (November-December 2012)
Lead Facilitator: Helen Cammock
Support Facilitators: Clare Struthers, Aimée Woollard

Lookout Nottingham workshops (Jan - March 2013): Run by Nottingham Photographers’ Hub

Lookout Manchester (January - March 2013), in partnership with Z-Arts
Lead Facilitator: Adam Lee
Support Facilitators: Caroline Edge, Nick Blackhall

Lookout Glasgow (February - April 2013): Facilitated by Becky Duncan in partnership with FARE Scotland