Share your wish with Storyhouse; we’ll shape it into a work of art for your home. Live In Hope is major new public-art project led by Donna Leishman (Northumbria University) working with Storyhouse. 

In a unique collaboration between Storyhouse and one of the UK’s leading visual artists, Donna Leishman will create unique works of art to brighten homes and reflect a unique moment, as we ease out of lockdown 

Donna Leishman said “Through lockdown, we have missed things, people, places and wished for more. Some of these wishes may never now come true; some may already have come to life; some are still just wishes. All of them have power and purpose. This project will provide Storyhouse’s communities a positive experience in challenging times. I wait in anticipation for all your wishes to be sent to me, and the precious responsibility of making these tangible.

 I miss… I hope … I want…

Want to get involved?

Read the project information available here then submit your wish by email to Donna using the title Live In Hope at d.leishman@northumbria.ac.uk.

Write down your wish, hope and want, as you take your first steps out of this lockdown. Take time to write with care: the more honest you are about your hopes and fears, old or new, the more personal your work of art will be.  

Later in the year, we will ask whether we can share a copy of your artwork to display at Storyhouse for a short while, alongside others commissioned in this series. This anonymised exhibition will share different ways we have lived in hope through this challenging time.  

Donna will email you back, then reflect and create an original work of art just for you. She will post this to your home, for you to keep as a symbol of your wishes at this unique moment.  

Submissions open immediately and will close on 31 August. 

Rams (12)
Showing until: Wednesday 31 March
Online

1hr 59 | Sheep-loving brothers, Colin and Les live on neighbouring ranches but have not spoken in 40 years. When a lethal illness threatens their flocks they have to put aside their long feud to work together.

Feminista Film Tour
Showing until: Wednesday 31 March
Online

1hr 41 | Celebrating International Women’s Day with inspiring films from musical pursuits to outdoor challenges, these women are change makers and trail blazers.

White Colour Black (15)
Showing until: Wednesday 31 March
Online

1hr 25 | Successful London based photographer Leke has it all but when a message from Senegal calls him to return ‘home’, he reluctantly leaves his carefree, hedonistic lifestyle behind.

On Stage Lunchtime Lectures – Digging into the Dark Ages: Early Medieval Fake Histories and How to Combat Them
Online

Howard Williams explores how stereotypes and popular perceptions of the Early Middle Ages – popularly still considered the European ‘Dark Ages’ – plague our popular culture.

Assassins (12)
Showing until: Sunday 28 February
Online

1hr 44 | A wildly improbable tale of a calculating dictator, a nefarious plot, a very public murder, and two women fighting for their lives.

Synchronic (15)
Showing until: Sunday 28 February
Online

1hr 36 | Two New Orleans paramedics encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug. In a perfect storm of personal crises, their friendship and families are ripped apart by the pill’s bizarre effects.

The Best of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2020
Showing until: Sunday 21 February
Online

1hr 49 | Presenting the pinnacle of adventure films, showing a host of incredible journeys, and transporting you to the great outdoors whilst the world is on pause.

Love Child (12A)
Showing until: Sunday 21 February
Online

1hr 51 | A heart-breaking portrait of an Iranian couple forced to flee for their lives from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes.

Possessor (18)
Showing until: Monday 1 February
Online

1hr 43 | Sci-fi thriller about a corporate agent who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of the company.

MLK/FBI (12)
Showing until: Sunday 28 February
Online

1hr 44 | Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard’s resonant film explores the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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