The ICE Project celebrates a successful first year in Hampshire

Date Created: 23rd Apr 2018

Group of young people lift a boy making a cross shape with his arms over their heads

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Artswork’s newest Strategic Manager, Lucy, attended the recent celebration of the first year of a very successful ICE Project in Hampshire. Over 200 people attended in the event, and many of the young people who had been involved over the past year showcased their work through visual art, film, dance, music, and presentations.

ICE stands for Innovate – Create – Exchange, and through this ambitious and innovative programme, over 100 young people who have experienced mental health issues have created and shared original and thoughtful artwork exploring mental health and wellbeing. Supported by Artswork, Hampshire CCG and the Coles-Medlock Foundation,The ICE Project is a collaboration between Hampshire Cultural Trust and Hampshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust). Twenty arts and youth organisation partners have been involved, giving the opportunity for young people to work alongside professionals in an exciting range of arts forms, from filmmaking, to songwriting to hands-on visual arts.

The fantastic work showcased at the celebration event included:

  • Absolutely Freezing: Young people referred from Hampshire CAMHS attended sessions with Soco Music Project, exploring their personal experiences, emotions and sense of self through music. They took part in a variety of activities including songwriting, drumming, using music tech apps, playing instruments and recording their own tracks. You can hear some of them here:
  • Drawn Together by Hope: Young people from Hampshire CAMHS have been part of a regular photography group at the West End Centre in Aldershot, learning techniques and tricks from the In Focus Education team, using professional DSLR cameras. They chose their own shared theme of ‘Hope’ and their work was on display at the West End Centre in a special exhibition earlier this year, as well as being presented at the Celebration event.
  • Journeys: a film created by young people from Hampshire CAMHS, in the New Forest. The group worked together to decide on their message, storyboard and script. They then used the professional camera to create this original short film, supported by professional filmmakers from Strong Island Media:




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