Turner Contemporary
  • Time of Our Lives 2009

  • Time of Our Lives 2009

  • Time of Our Lives 2009

  • Time of Our Lives 2009

29 September 2009 - 30 March 2010

What is it like to be a teenager today? Is it different to teenage experiences in the past?

We worked with BBC Radio Kent, the University of Kent's Schools of Engineering and Digital Arts and Kent County Council's Youth Arts Service to explore these questions.

Local young (13-25) and older (60 and over) people worked with artist Lucy Steggals to share their won experiences of being a teenager. Through Time of Our Lives they worked together to create art work, gather and write stories, develop new skills and meet new people.

The exhibition celebrating the achievements of everyone involved in this intergenerational project was held from 3-28 March 2010 at our exhibition space in Droit House on Margate pier. The exhibition featured the 'interactive teenage bedroom' created with the University of Kent.

Exhibition visitors really connected with the project:

"I'm really impressed at the creative teamwork and what it's achieved."

"I hope this project goes some way to re-establish interaction between older and younger people who currently feel alienated."

"Thoughtful and creative."

Award-winning project

Time of Our Lives became a national winner of the Transformation Fund category at the Adult Learning Awards in May 2010. The project was funded by the Transformation Fund from the Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is linked to our forthcoming exhibition Nothing in the World But Youth.

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