August 16th, 2013 | Published in Blog
Here’s a duo that’s close to my heart for a couple of reasons – Place of Safety, Club Quiet, TX Ogre and Shitmat hero Henry Collins (who’ll be playing our next Cafe Kino show on 25th September) teaming up with Avon & Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens to teach kids how to make musical instruments from junk. From the Avon & Somerset Police website:
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens joined young people in making music from rubbish at Knowle West Media Centre today, Thursday August 15.
The young people were taking part in a three-day workshop with Bristol-based artist Henry Liam Collins.
Yesterday the young people collected rubbish from the streets and lanes around the centre and today they turned an abandoned vacuum cleaner into a guitar and drink cans into a wind chime as well as creating shakers and a turning a drain pipe into a giant rainmaker.
Officers from the neighbourhood team have been supporting the ‘Rubbish Remixed’ workshop to strengthen their ties with younger members of the community.
Liwanu aged 11, said: “It’s good because you can take things apart and I like building things. I liked making the shaker. When it was plugged in it was really loud.”
Ben, aged 12, said: “This is the most amazing thing I have ever done. I’ve got cans at home so I could try and make a wind chime.”
Serina, aged 10, said: “It’s really clever making guitar strings from rubber bands. I made a tube that mimics the wind by putting rocks in a drainpipe as well. I’m going to give my mum a headache now making noises from things I find at home!”
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “This is an amazing set up, letting the imaginations of our young people run riot with rubbish that they collected locally. It gives them a real sense of achievement and just goes to show what they can do to make a difference.”