Resident invited to help fill York Stories 2012 time capsule at exhibition

13 Mar 2013 @ 3.59 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

The next chapter in City of York Council’s York Stories 2012 project is about to open with an exhibition of stories gathered from past and present residents of York and an opportunity for even more people to get involved and help fill a time capsule.

The exhibition will take place at York Explore on 16 and 17 March and has been led by student volunteers who have taking part in a team project run by York Students in Communities based at the University of York. A number of the library learning centre’s rooms and spaces will be transformed to allow people to explore some of the thousands of captivating stories that were collected through the project in words, video, audio music poems and artwork.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “During the York Stories 2012 project, which was part of our York 800 festivities celebrating 800 years of self government, people were asked to submit stories about York, its people and places through projects, workshops, training and events as part of a city wide programme involving over 50 groups, 25 artists, 50 volunteers, 800 participants and over 1,000 stories.

“To take this project to a climax, I would like to ask visitors to the exhibition to bring along a small object, personal to them and their experience of York, which can be put inside a large clay pot which will become a time capsule.

“After being displayed in York Explore as part of an exhibition the pot, commissioned from artist and York Stories 2012 curator Kane Cunningham, will be buried in the foundations of the Bar Walls to be uncovered again in 2212 when the city celebrates 1,000 years of self government.”

Artist Kane Cunningham who has helped gather the York Stories 2012 and run the project said: “We hoped for 800 stories, but have surpassed that! Residents who haven’t yet shared their York Story can add one to the metre-high decorative pot which we think can fit 100 bags of memorabilia in it from the people of York. Each bag can contain items like photographs, hair, a memory stick full of images or photographs from a family album.”

On Saturday 16 March the exhibition will include a large-scale digital artwork and a web of stories will be spun by children and families visiting York Explore’s children’s area. Khaoz Media will be collecting audio stories on 16 and 17 March in the ICT room for use in a live York Stories 2012 radio broadcast.

The exhibition will be open:

Saturday 16 March – 12pm to 5pm

Sunday 17 March – 11am to 4pm

Monday 18-27 March – Normal York Explore opening times.

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