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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In this course the participants worked the facilitators to create their own piece of performance, working with the theme of grief. 

The ideas and creation were all led by the young people – the group played with shadows early on in the course and decided that this felt like a good way to explore the ideas they wanted to talk about.

In the photo gallery below you can see them exploring a range of emotions and real-life situations – from feeling alone, to be comforted by others, to depression and hope. They decided to look at the 5 stages of grief as a starting point and see how these 5 different stages of emotion also came up in their lives or in the lives of those around them.  

The young people looked at the joy of sharing feelings and how important it is to have support and support each other whether you are experiencing grief or anything else.

Everyone was very excited to perform this to an audience but in these strange times we hope you enjoy these beautiful photos of the young people creating shadow scenes during the course.

Stages of Grief

Scroll through the gallery below to see the photos:


Congratulations to the young people who took part:

  • Iris-May (13)
  • Ripley (13)
  • Daisy (13)
  • Jenna (15)
  • Evie (11)
  • Angie (13)

Special thanks to course tutor Willow and assistant Nick. 

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