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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The group looked at the way that life and death are very closely connected in nature and how throughout the seasons death makes way for new life.

Young people used a wide range of techniques and imagery to create their final pieces to represent life and death. Scroll through the gallery below to see what they created. 

Rain is like death and crying. When I see rain I think of life and death. After the rain there is always sunshine.

Craft and Textiles

Congratulations to the young people who took part:

  • Scarlet (11) has used a combination of block printing and applique to create her piece exploring the theme of life and death.
  • Maddie (12) has explored a number of textile techniques over the course; creating wonderful colourful pieces of artwork; including block printing and painting on to fabric, tie dye and felt making.
  • Ellie (12) explores symbolism of day and night to represent life and death. Ellie has used stencilling, paint and embellishment to create her textile artwork of the moon.
  • Alana (13) has used block printing, painting and felt to create beautiful colourful textile pieces.
  • Esther's (11) work looks at life and death and the cyclical seasons and how they represent different stages of life. Esther has used applique and embellishment techniques to create her final piece. We can also see images of her autumnal block printing and felt making.
  • Daisy (11) has used Day of the Dead as her inspiration, using imagery that represents life and death. Daisy has utilised a range of textile techniques including felting, applique and block printing to create different textures and patterns.
  • Keziah's (13) artwork incorporates skulls and flower imagery to represent the Mexican Day of the Dead, she uses paint, mark making and applique to lay her skull in a bed of colourful flowers.
  • Elliana's (12) work looks at the theme of life and death. She uses paint on fabric to create a dark side for death and a light side to represent life.
  • Nathaniel (13) uses skull imagery in his work to represent Day of the Dead. He uses machine sewing and applique to create his skull, which is laid upon his block printed artwork.
  • Tatrianna (14) experimented with a number of different techniques over the course including embroidery, applique and block printing.
  • Kennerleigh (12) created wonderful and experimental tie dye pieces, each unique and colourful.

Special thanks to course tutor Jessie and assistant Melissa. 

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