Creative times for VOYPIC

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 14:42

We have received funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to support an innovative, creative and engaging pilot project that will involve care experienced young people aged 14- 25 years old across all five Health and Social Care Trusts.

The project will provide a safe place for young people to develop a creative voice and work with a range of professional artists from Down Community Arts and Wheelworks to implement a high quality youth arts project. They will use a range of art forms as a means of self-expression and exploration of personal, community and social identity.

The project will produce two visual pieces to illustrate the story of a young person’s journey with their mentor as well as exploring young people’s identity in care through film animation.

Geraldine Andrews, our Innovation and Development Manager, said “VOYPIC is delighted to have received funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to run a creative project that will make high quality arts accessible to young people in care. The project will focus on a range of artforms such as visual, combined, literature and youth arts. It will give us the opportunity to build a shared and stronger community by challenging preconceptions, negative attitudes through giving young people the opportunity to lead, design and deliver a creative expression that will inform and educate the public, media and other stakeholders on care experience.”

Gavin O’Connor, Youth Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added, “ The Arts Council is delighted to support this important youth arts project which creates access to the arts for young people in care across the region. I wish VOYPIC every success with the project.”