What is it like to be a teenager today? is it different to teenage experiences in the past?
Through the project Time of Our Lives, we worked with BBC Radio Kent, the University of Kent's School of Engineering and Digital Arts, Kent County Council's Youth Arts Service and local young and older people to explore these questions.
By bringing older and younger people together to explore their own experiences of being a teenager, Time of Our Lives aimed to encourage personal connections and genuine reflection between people from different generations.
The project enabled local people aged 13 to 25 and 60 and over to work together to create art work, gather and write stories, develop new skills and meet new people.
A celebratory exhibition was held to display the art works created by participants, including their 'interactive teenage bedroom' (in conjunction with teh University of Kent). Visitors to the exhibition responded:
"I'm really impressed at the creative teamwork and what it's achieved."
"Really interesting and wide range of work, a very personal project."
"We need more things like this!"
Time of Our Lives was funded by the Transformation Fund from the Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The project is linked to our forthcoming exhibition Nothing in the World But Youth