“I Am Here”: an exhibition and performance of work produced by young people attending Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Summer Art College

Date Created: 25th Aug 2016

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On Friday 29 July, Artswork attended an exhibition and poetry performances that were the accumulation of work produced by young people attending the Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Summer Arts College. This is one of eighteen programmes supported through an exciting new strategic relationship between Artswork and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that has resulted in a co-investment in arts and youth justice.

The co-investment aims to realise a number of OPCC and Artswork objectives, including reducing antisocial behaviour and youth offending rates, and supporting those who are vulnerable and at most risk, through sustainable high quality arts and cultural programmes that will also have Arts Council England’s Quality Principles at their heart.

The young people spent two weeks working with artist educators from In Focus Educational Training who specialise in photography, and Femi Martin who is a poet. During that time, they worked both independently and as a group, with artist inspiration to develop their own creative ability and nurture new skills using dSLR cameras and creative writing. At the same time, each young person worked towards an Explore and Bronze Arts Award.

“This year’s project gave four amazing young people the opportunity to work with high quality professional artists, builds skills, gain qualifications and meet like-minded creative souls. It has been a pleasure working with them and seeing them flourish.”

(Charlotte Slinger, Cultural Engagement Manager – Young People)

One of the programme’s participants, who has been a victim of abuse and has a challenging home life, said:

“This has been the best part of my rollercoaster and I don’t want it to stop…the course has kept me out of trouble, I feel I can achieve things…it has changed the way I feel about myself and the way I see others; it has been good for my confidence.”

The young people produced some outstanding work, all of which is being exhibited at the Theatre Royal Winchester cafe gallery, Jewry St, SO23 8SB until the end of August.

(Words: Kristianne Drake, Artsmark & Arts Award Programme Manager)


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