During Carers Week, young carers in Winchester presented a showcase of creative work they have produced with professional artists over five months. The showcase, which took place on 14 June, is part of art:space, a national multi-arts project run by Create, the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts, in partnership with British Land.
art:space is designed to give young carers creative and social time away from their caring responsibilities. During school holidays throughout the year, young carers taking part in art:space collaborate on artwork in a variety of artforms, guided by Create’s professional artists.
Create’s Co-Founder & Chief Executive, Nicky Goulder, said: “Participating in creative activities is a great way of expressing yourself and socialising. School holidays can be a period of heightened responsibility for young carers and it’s important for wellbeing that respite is found away from their duties as carers. Thanks to our partnership with British Land, our art:space projects offer an environment for self-expression, socialising, building confidence and having fun. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of their collaborative work!”
Former Centre Manager at Whiteley, Neil Carter, said: “Whiteley has been working with Winchester & District Young Carers and Create for three years. In that time, we have seen many young carers grow in confidence through the workshops Create arranges, and that in itself is reward enough. Our team and retailers have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of such a fabulous project.”
Create’s work with young carers has been the subject of an award-winning animation produced by Bournemouth University film students, as winners of the Kingston Smith 2016 Creative Vision awards:
The showcase took place on 14 June , 6-7.15pm, at The Vault at University Centre on the University of Winchester’s King Alfred Campus.