Online Gallery

Part of our study involved the design, organisation and delivery of an arts-based intervention. Arts-based workshops were designed and delivered to provide the opportunity for young people to work on their English in an informal setting as well as engage in creative practices because of the benefits of creative practice to mental health. Although challenging to organise and run, we feel that the workshops were hugely rewarding for all those involved; including young people, artists, study partners and the research team. You can read more about the he rationale for including a creative intervention; how the intervention was set up and managed; the challenges we faced; and the benefits it brought in our second Working paper

This page is devoted to the artefacts produced by the young people who participated in the project.  Click on the links below to find out more about each workshop and see the amazing work young people produced! 

 

Photography

Photography workshops were run by photography artist, Paulina Czyż. Within the workshops, young people were introduced to basic principles of rules of composition, different techniques for taking pictures and special effects. Young people were asked to complete 3 mini-projects all focusing on documenting life under Covid and young people’s reflections on the pandemic and beyond.  Apart from Paulina and the young people, a member of the research team and an Esol teacher from our study partners, the Hands Up Project attended each workshop. Photography workshops consisted of 6 hours overall, for each young person but split into two different sessions because of numbers and timings.  

Click here to listen to the Paulina talk about the workshops 

 

Rap

Rap workshops were run by rap artist, Carl Guifo Guifo aka Amp MedleyWithin the workshops, young people were introduced to rap lexicon, playing with words and ideas, writing lyrics, understanding beat/flow, combining words with music, learning about key figures in the rap world, practising performance skills. Apart from Carl, and the young people, a member of the research and our study partners, the Hands Up Project attended each workshop. Photography workshops consisted of 6 hours overall, for each young person; two young people joined this workshop initially but one of them decided to switch to ESOL support only. 

Click here to listen to the Carl talk about the workshops 

Story telling

Story telling workshops were run by story teller, Katrice Horsley. Within the workshops, young people were introduced to storytelling rules/techniques for the most effective way of self- expression and grasping the listeners attention (vocabulary, intonation/tone, rhythm); developing the narrative and practising telling stories. Apart from Katrice and the young people, a member of the research team and an Esol teacher from our study partners, the Hands Up Project attended each workshop. Story telling workshops consisted of 6 hours overall for each young of the two young people who participated in them.

Click here to listen to the Katrice talk about the workshops

Drawing

Drawing workshops were run by painter, Malak Mattar. Within the workshops, young people were introduced to drawing techniques, including reflecting on memories through drawing, how to draw faces and then self-portraits. They explored themes around emotions, memories, hopes and expressing your perspective through drawing. Apart from  Malak, and the young people, a member of the research team attended each workshop. Photography workshops consisted of 6 hours overall, for each young person; 4 young people participated in this group. 

Click here to listen to Malak talk about the workshops