Public spaces can often be full of signage and authority figures. Young people can often experience public spaces as areas of control and exclusion, creating a sense of alienation and feelings of being unwanted. The groups they form to combat this in turn alienate the wider community.
Strange Cargo collaborated with local secondary school students to create a signage installation for The Whitefriars shopping Centre in Canterbury. Ordinary street signs were appropriated to create new signs that would make people smile and create a lighthearted focus on the issue.
The project was a part of The Portrait of a Nation programme, which lead to a visit to Liverpool to take part in the Youth Summit debate which challenged 3,000 young people from 17 cities across the UK to explore who they are, where they come from and their hopes for the future.