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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Young people used applique, image transfer printing and hand embroidery to create a piece of clothing relating to the theme 'Día de Muertos’ or 'Day of the Dead'.  

Using these techniques they developed their own designs which were to become the decoration on a hood that they were constructing. Inspired by imagery and films on the theme, they experimented with different surface design techniques.

Everyone was very excited to model their work to an audience but in these strange times we hope you enjoy these beautiful photos of everything they created. 

Día de Muertos

Scroll through the gallery below to see their inspiration and work in progress:


Follow Erin's tutorial below to make your own patterns using the applique technique.

Congratulations to the young people who took part:

  • Paige (15)
  • Mushkan (18)
  • Kyle (16)
  • Erin (15)
  • Chloe (14)

Special thanks to course tutor Becky and assistant Saskia. 

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