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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"Held in Pockets" is a spoken word poem by young artist Leeza Awojobi. It compares the comfort and security one finds in youth services to the comfort and security of a pocket - something you hardly notice, but which is necessary.


This video is presented by the Youth Investment Fund partnership in Bristol which is a collaboration between acta, Creative Youth Network, Empire Fighting Chance, Travelling Light Theatre Company, Young Bristol and Youth Moves.

The Youth Investment Fund provides new opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities, support their personal development and get the skills and confidence they need to enter the workplace and reach their full potential.

It is made up of government and Nationally Lottery funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund.

This short film is based on young people's views from across partners organisation and has been produced by creative agency eight, Knowle West Media Centre's multi-disciplinary team of experienced professionals working alongside emerging creatives, championing diverse talent and providing young people the support and skills they need to develop their career.

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