Good Grief - Creative Showcase 2020

Our Creative Courses bring together over 80 young people aged 10-18 from diverse backgrounds every term. Delivered in community settings across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, often in youth clubs, we explore difficult topics with young people who use creativity to express themselves, build resilience and develop relationships based on trust with experienced Creative Youth Workers.  

This spring term, we have worked in partnership with Good Grief Festival. Using nine different artforms, we enabled young people to think, talk and learn about grief whilst learning new creative skills. 

The ten week long courses are led by professional artists trained in youth work and assisted by young emerging artists, for whom this is a crucial step into their creative careers.

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we cancelled our end of term showcase event and instead we have collated young people's work in this digital space.

Alongside the work from each course which you can see below, the young people have also worked to achieve their Level 1 Bronze Arts Award qualification. We would like to say a huge well done to each of them for completing this term and we hope you enjoy their creativity.

If you love these young people's work as much as we do, comment below! And if you're a young person who took part in one of the courses, tell us what was your favourite thing about it? 

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Exploring the theme of grief through animation, young people used techniques such as shadow puppetry, 2D paper cut out and hand drawing to express their emotions.

Our climate, our grief

Imogen (12) and Maddie (12) worked together to create this charmingly detailed animation about the recent fires in Australia. Their love of these animals and their care for the earth shines through this brilliant animation. Theirs is a story of hope and new beginnings.

If there's darkness, the only thing left is light

Jamie (11) chose to hand animate his short film. Beginning with a visual representation of the dark taking over the light, Jamie’s film unfolds into a wonderfully executed comic style animation with a mature, clever moral of harnessing the strength of our own light to fight the darkness.

Inner thoughts of a young woman

Lucy (12) beautifully captured the essence of the song she chose to animate to, a wonderfully artistic representation of the inner world of her character. Lucy used imagery and camera movement to capture the journey through a young girl’s thoughts.

I'm finally happy

Aicha (12) brought her own experiences of surviving troubled times to her animation, with a surprising, celebratory end to an otherwise dark short film.


Alex (11) explored shadow animation and after making his character, the horse, Alex followed his creative intuition allowing the animated movements to unfold into this viscerally macabre short film.


Angie (13) spent hours meticulously hand drawing her animation exploring a secret, untold story. With beautiful, subtle movements, capturing the audience in the details, each flicker told a thousand tales. Unfortunately, due to the current world situation, Angie didn’t manage to capture all of her drawings, but we hope to bring them together in the future for what will be a visual delight.

Let's begin

Ahsan (11) had a clear knack for animating from the start of the project and set about hand drawing his short film. He really captures the nerves of his character as he climbs to great heights.

The Making Of

We began by thinking about music we like to listen to when we need cheering up. For some, this was upbeat music to pull them out of their low mood, for others, a need to be comforted by others experiencing similar things and finding a way to express that through music. 

After learning different animation techniques, the group set about making animations to go with the songs they chose. They have created a collection of heartfelt animations in unique styles, from koalas waking up in the bush fires of Australia, to a young hero fighting the darkness alone.

Scroll through the gallery below for behind the scenes photos from the course:


Special thanks to course tutor Aoife and assistant Ella. 

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