Previous Projects

New Theatre Royal, Filskit Theatre Company and Redwood Park School

A performance by Filskit Theatre Company at Portsmouth Festivities provided a starting point for a collaboration between New Theatre Royal and Redwood Park School. Pupils were able to explore the use of the digital technology used by Filskit for their own presentation. Filskit used a collaborative style of storytelling and creation of the final performance in which all the young people participated, allowing them to be creative and work cooperatively. Read more…

caw-300x300Strong Voices took part in this year’s Children’s Art Week, June 16th-22nd

In Portsmouth, Aspex gallery worked with students from the Mary Rose Academy. Read more…

Priory School, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Gloverall and textile artist Ami Lowman

Strong Voices facilitated a project with a group of young people from Priory School, that saw a collaboration with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, British fashion icons and duffle coat designers Gloverall, and textile artist Ami Lowman. Plain duffle coats were customised with bespoke designs by pupils, with the project culminating in a fashion shoot on board the historic setting of HMS Victory in Portsmouth. Click here for a free downloadable case study of the project

Portsmouth Autism Support Network, Strong Island Media & Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

image: paul gonella,
image: paul gonella, strong island media

A group of young people from Portsmouth Autism Support Network worked with Strong Island Media and the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection to make a short animated film.  The group wrote the script, story-boarded, designed and animated the film, composing the music themselves too. See their finished film, The Lost and Found World here

Portsmouth Young Carers, The Mary Rose Museum & Millstream Productions

Young people from Portsmouth Young Carers worked on a project with The Mary Rose Museum and Millstream Productions to produce a short film. The project scoped three months and featured workshops covering everything from cameras, lighting and sound techniques to scriptwriting. The young people also had the opportunity to gain an Arts Award accreditation alongside this. The Portsmouth Young Carers took inspiration from the ‘This Is Your Life’ format, taking it back 450 years to the days of Henry VIII and his flagship, the Mary Rose. See their finished film, Henry, This Is Your Tudor Life here

Step By Step Homeless Hostel & Making Space

The project started with an introductory workshop as part of Strong Voices’ Summer Programme, and progressed to a series of taster workshops, where young people from Step by Step Homeless Hostel were led in a week-long course of skills-based creative craft sessions, including fused glass, rag rugs, screen-printing and jewelry making. 5 young people achieved Arts Award Bronze in the process, with a further two waiting to have their projects moderated for the Award too. 2 members of Step by Step are now trained as Bronzes and Silver level advisers, and Step by Step as an organisation are registered as an Arts Award centre. Since the project, young people involved in the project have inquired about volunteering at Step by Step Homeless Hostel.

Park Community School & Making Space with artist Chris Jenkins

Sculptor Chris Jenkins worked with Year 9 pupils over 8 sessions between January and April 2014. The aim of the project was to engage pupils in handling and experiencing new materials, and to encourage them to use their imaginations to construct 3D art works. Prior to working with Chris, pupils had very little experience of working in this way, or working with found and natural materials. Special thank you to all of the pupils for their talent and enthusiasm and to Jenna Hart, Head of Art and Design, at Park Community School.

Strong Voices at Making Space

Harbour School Portsmouth & WW1 Remembrance Centre

10 young people from Harbour School (a facility that works with young people with behavioural, emotional, social and developmental needs) visited the WW1 Remembrance Centre at Fort Widley and the National Theatre production of War Horse which was on tour locally. At a subsequent writing workshop, the pupils worked to recreate their own letters from the trenches, with War Poets as their inspiration.

Portsmouth Youth Offending Team with Portsmouth Guildhall & The Butterfly FX

Digital arts and moving image organisation The Butterfly FX worked with young people from Portsmouth Youth Offending Team, exploring a project on ‘light graffiti’ – using slow exposure photography to capture images ‘painted’ with moving beams of light. The project was held at Portsmouth Guildhall and Library, and the final images went on display in the Guildhall cafe. The Butterfly FX describe light painting as “an emerging art form which uses various hand-held coloured lights to create innovative images and new ways of looking at familiar objects and places.”

Bridge Mary School, Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, artists Jo Thonger & Laura Cahill

Bridge Mary School used visits to Explosion! Museum as the inspiration for an arts project exploring their local heritage. Over the Easter holidays, the students went into school for a day-long mural workshop led by artists Jo Thonger and Laura Cahill, where they began creating their own mural. The piece featuring the Napoleonic forts from which the school houses take their names. The students then helped create a new permanent gallery space for the school from a disused classroom, and curated an exhibition for parents evening, showcasing their own work alongside GCSE groups in their year. The young people also worked towards their Silver Arts Award accreditation.

Enable Ability, HMS Warrior and artist Tracey McEachran

Working with artist Tracey McEachran, 16 young people from Enable Ability (a Portsmouth charity providing respite care for disabled young people) took part in a mixed media arts project as a response to cultural visits to HMS Warrior. Over a period of seven weeks and with three visits to HMS Warrior, the young people created a newspaper, two short films and a soundtrack, all of which were exhibited on board HMS Warrior, residing in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, on Saturday 15th March 2014. Their newspaper can be seen online here

You can find more information on completed Strong Voices projects in the form of free downloadable resources here