Men’s Voices Project

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Audiences of our Arts Council funded play Make Do and Mend –  sharing women’s Domestic Abuse stories asked; Why men do it & called for men’s side of story.

Men’s Voices is a research and development project bringing together emerging & experienced practitioners from varied disciplines to deliver creative arts workshops with diverse groups of marginalised men & boys, gathering testimonies exploring experiences & bringing them together in story-sharing, performing, creative writing & visual arts processes to explore contemporary narratives of masculinity.

We will create an original artistic exploration of masculinity, why violence shapes the narrative so often (most male homicide perpetrators = men) & the impact on well-being for men and their families (suicide biggest killer of North East men<45);

We aim to empower men to question destructive norms & explore healthier patterns in their relationships with themselves and each other, using art as a platform to reach young men & boys at an identity-forming time.

Where can we see the work? – The outcomes will be presented in a public exhibition, performance & panel discussion in TESTT Space, the Empty Shop gallery above Durham City bus station.

When? – 7th – 15th October 2017 

Look out for –  Arts workshops available to the public on Saturday 14th October and a panel discussion on Sunday 8th October as part of Durham Book Festival – featuring key note speakers taking inspiration from our project themes –


The exhibition will present the work collaboratively produced by sound and visual artist Rupert Philbrick, performance poet Chris Robinson and visual artist Polly Turner, featuring work created by men & boys from Deerbolt Young Offenders institution, Barnardos Domestic Violence Perpetrator programme, The Woodlands School and Stanley & Eldon Men’s crees, combined with public arts workshops & generating a school resource offered to extend engagement in our artistic outcomes longer term.

For more information about this project please contact Managing Director & Project Co ordinator