Young Hillfields artists' work showcased in city centre

September 29 2021
Young Hillfields artists' work showcased in city centre

YOUNG artists from a Hillfields youth centre saw their work exhibited in the centre of Bristol.

Charity Creative Youth Network joined with developer MEPC to organise A Tonne of Feathers, a public art exhibition in Castle Park, Cabot Circus and the Galleries.

People who attend sessions at Hillfields Community Hub were among those who created work for the exhibition, working with a professional artist.

Alongside the exhibition, a programme of youth work involved debates about issues including climate change, politics and gender, as well as young people's hopes for the future.

Seven installations were created and put on display from the end of August until early September.

Organisers said the work was made by "some of the most marginalised communities of young people", including young refugees and asylum seekers, young carers, LGBTQ+ and those with mental health conditions.

Artist Miranda Collis, who worked with them, said: "The young people opened up to me about emotional and personal things at points. Art became an aid for speaking, creating a buffer and allowing for the young people to feel more relaxed."

Creative Youth Network creative producer Emily Bull said: "A Tonne of Feathers has brought together members of our communities who seldomly get heard, young people from across the region, through the creation of social action artwork."

More information about the project can be found at www.creativeyouthnetwork.org.uk.