YAB - The Courts Youth Advisory Board

The Courts will become an enterprise hub in Bristol for young people and creative businesses, where we learn and share expertise. 

We aim to make this space positive, creative, and inspiring. To keep young people at the heart of the decision making, we have a youth steering group, who will make decisions for the space.

They are creating art, managing events, learning more about the history of the building to bring the space to life and make decisions on how we can make this a valuable space for young people and creatives.  

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The Courts Youth Steering Group have created artwork in response to their research and visits to the old magistrates courts. 

 Grant Thame:

I was given a bunch of different old court cases which the history UWE students found in the archives from the old magistrates' courts. In which I picked about bankruptcy business, so I first went to photograph the places where the people who became bankrupt lived, then I thought, I wanted to show off another creative style I know of song writing, but I ended up making a spoken word poem instead. So, I took the word bankruptcy and found different words to do with bankruptcy then found rhyming words to them and then created the poem.

It’s just another string to my bow, if I put my mind to it, I can do any multiple things with it. I started off wanting to do song writing at college, doing media studies the year after my GCSE’s and film making with Princes Trust and ended up doing photography and street art with Phoebe on creative careers.

Bankruptcy was one of the historical crimes that was dealt with at the courts, and I looked in to it a bit deeper. I did photography first in Lawrence Hill, I had to do research and finding the place on maps, using the internet to find old maps of around the time of the crimes and the current map and compare the two.

About the poem:

"I was given a bunch of different old court cases which the history UWE students found in the archives from the old magistrates' courts. In which I picked about bankruptcy business, so I first went to photograph the places where the people who became bankrupt lived, then I thought, I wanted to show off another creative style I know of song writing, but I ended up making a spoken word poem instead. So, I took the word bankruptcy and found different words to do with bankruptcy then found rhyming words to them and then created the poem.

 

It’s just another string to my bow, if I put my mind to it, I can do any multiple things with it. I started off wanting to do song writing at college, doing media studies the year after my GCSE’s and film making with Princes Trust and ended up doing photography and street art with Phoebe on creative careers.

Bankruptcy was one of the historical crimes that was dealt with at the courts, and I looked in to it a bit deeper. I did photography first in Lawrence Hill, I had to do research and finding the place on maps, using the internet to find old maps of around the time of the crimes and the current map and compare the two.”

 

Grant Thame, Steering Group, The Courts

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