Youth Arts and Environment Project
Qube has recently completed a 10 week pilot project (funded by The Community Foundation for Staffordshire) with the Strengthening Families team at the Marches School (largest secondary school in the area) to offer six young people living facing various challenges the opportunity to engage with learning outside of the classroom as landscape volunteers, and in making/design outdoors with artists.
The project worked with a range of partners and professional artists including:
- Shropshire Wild Team building a woodland camp and map reading.
- Designs in Mind art studio screeprinting flags
- Environmental Artist Tim Pugh drawing and building sculptures in the landscape
- Nant Mawr Visitor Centre
- Nesscliffe Hills/Cliffe Countryside Heritage site
This opportunity has allowed participants to achieve something in an environment away from their usual situation at school, home or both. The programme compliments the School’s ‘No Worries’ therapy programme giving students an opportunity to benefit from a ‘hands-on’ approach working with creative professionals outside of the classroom (working in the natural environment or offsite artist’s studio).
There has been a very positive response to the programme to date (running until July 2019). The young people have fully engaged in the programme, learnt new skills e.g. screenprinting to make flags, and developed their social and communication skills.
‘I believe that the participants are benefitting from immersing themselves in an environment that has so many positive visual aspects and interests’ – Tim Pugh (Environmental Artist)