The “I’m Tired” Project returns to NY

In November 2016, we were fortunate enough to be invited back to New York to visit a number of schools around the state (Rombout Middle School in Beacon, Center for Creative Education in Kingston and David A. Boody Junior High School in Brooklyn) over two months, organised by local educator Donna Mikkelsen.

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These school visits included co-founder Paula giving workshops to the students on micro-aggressions, stereotypes and media bias, as well as interactive activities that explored privilege and success according to societal expectations. Students took part in the project themselves, each coming up with their own statements which were photographed and showcased within mini-exhibitions within the schools which were open to parents and school visitors. Feedback from students included many mentioning that they’d never thought about the impact of their words on fellow students and hoping that the project would return next year!

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Additionally, while out in New York, Paula and Harriet held four photoshoots in Beacon, Croton and Manhattan, with members of the public registering for slots in advance, meeting the pair on the day of the shoot and having their picture taken – with resultant photos being used in the project.

A very successful two months!

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“Points of Light” Award

Last month, not only were we lucky enough to be featured in our first ever exhibition at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in New York, but we also were presented with the Points of Light award on behalf of the UK Prime Minister by the British Deputy Consul General, Nick Astbury, in New York.

Points of Light is an award given for outstanding volunteering in society. We never thought that what we started together in a kitchen in Nottingham would have become what it is today.

Prime Minister David Cameron says: “Paula and Harriet have created an online space for millions of people to debate issues around intolerance and prejudice. The I’m Tired Project has given people around the world a creative and visual way to raise awareness of the everyday discriminations they face in order to challenge them and change the society we live in. I am delighted to recognise the impact of their project by recognising Paula and Harriet as UK Points of Light.”

The “I’m Tired” Project goes international

2016 not only brought with it our first exhibition, but also our first international exhibition as we were invited out to Peekskill, New York in February to be featured in the “WORD” series at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA).

“WORD” is an exhibition, co-curated by Donna Mikkelsen and Sarah Connors, highlighting the works of over 60 different emerging artists incorporating words in their artwork, including The “I’m Tired” Project. Our twelve-day trip was jam-packed with numerous shoots with NY locals – whose pictures were then featured as part of the “I’m Tired” Project piece – and workshops with local schools, Youth Bureaus and academies, all in the lead-up to the opening of the showcase on 27th February.

The opening saw over 800 people through the doors of the museum, perusing the different pieces of work including ours. The night also marked the presentation of our Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister for our work on the project by the British Consulate in NY – all in all, a surreal experience to say the least!