Young People

Young People

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We are committed to supporting young people, particularly those from our local area of Withywood and Hartcliffe in south Bristol, who have an interest in any art form. We do this primarily but not exclusively through Arts Award courses. We are a registered Arts Award Centre and can deliver all levels of Arts Award including Bronze, Silver and Gold.


We also provide Year 10 work experience for young people from Withywood and Hartcliffe.

We partner with other artists and organisations to deliver bespoke creative projects for young people.


For schools, we provide devised theatre training for GCSE Drama students.

Expanded Performance: Bristol +Bath Creative R&D
research project exploring technology and performance for young people

We are one of the six industry partners selected by Bristol + Bath Creative R&D to run a research project on the theme of Expanded Performance.

We are interested in whether the use of technology in performing arts opportunities means young people from less privileged backgrounds are more likely to engage. We are currently researching projects from all over the UK that have used technology to help young people engage with performing arts.

If you have run a project that combined technology with performing arts for young people from areas that are in the top 20% of multiple deprivation, we would love to hear about this. We are currently looking for case studies to include our final report. You can complete our survey or email us for more information.

Arts Award Silver
 course for 14-16 year olds from Hartcliffe & Withywood, 2018

We ran a Silver Arts Award course for young people living in Hartcliffe and Withywood in 2019. The cohort included a young refugee. They chose to focus street photography and graphic design.

The young people worked with specialist photography tutor Shelby Alexander and art tutor Lulu Butcher, and exhibited work as part of the Southbank Bristol Arts Trail at the Tobacco Factory and the Southville Centre.


As part of their course they also planned, delivered and evaluated a range of creative workshops in printmaking and simple animation for younger children in Withywood.


This gallery shows some of the young people's artwork.

Read an article by Tobacco Factory about one of our Arts Award students.

Photography: Anisha Blake
Photography: Oliver Bouchier
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Street photography session with tutor Shelby Alexander
Graphic Design: Lauren Flook

Dance Theatre for International Women's Day
An Art Within the Cracks project by Anna Wilson in partnership with Vic Hole, 2018

We worked with 14-15 year old girls from Merchants' Academy in Withywood in 2019 to devise a dance-drama piece about their perspective of gender equality. Also on the creative team were choreographer Vic Hole and film-maker Anna Haydock Wilson.

The girls presented their work in Withywood for friends and family and also at City Hall as part of Bristol's International Women's Day in March 2019.


"Thankyou for all you have achieved with this group. It has been an incredible journey!"


PE Teacher, Merchants' Academy


See a recording of the performance in Withywood here.

"Nothing is Impossible"
A mural design project with Amy Hutchings, 2019

We secured Arts Council funding for artists who work in forms other than theatre or music to work in residence with us. One of these was mural artist Amy Hutchings

Over 80 young people from Merchants' Academy took part in the intial design process in June 2019.

The final design was painted by Amy Hutchings on a building  in Withywood and additional stencilling details were added by young people. 

The mural confidently states "Nothing is Impossible".

Read about the mural in this article by BS24/7.

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Devised theatre training
With GCSE Drama students, Purbrook School, 2019

We took a trip to Portsmouth to lead a full day of devised theatre training for Year 10 GCSE drama students. We focused on ensemble work, creating non-linear narratives, character development and physical theatre.

"Gill’s energy and enthusiasm was infectious and her passion for Drama, specifically devising, was inspiring. She was wonderful with our pupils, adapting and tweaking her plan to ensure our pupils got the absolute most out of the day.

She had an excellent understanding of behaviour management, which meant that the day was incredibly productive and it was lovely to have someone who had an understanding of school and teaching.


The pupils loved the day, as us (as teachers) felt refreshed, motivated and excited to start our GCSE Devising Unit."

Head of Drama, Purbrook School

"Gill's passion, energy and clear enthusiasm for devising drama was a joy to be a round and I would highly recommended her to all schools. She was just simply amazing with the pupils and work differentiated to help the range of ability of pupils in the class.

A great day had by all. Gill is simply inspirational."


Drama Teacher, Purbrook School