Leicester art exhibition to cover social topics affecting young people

YOUTH BOARD: The Mighty Creatives CEO with the youth board (Image: The Mighty Creatives)

A four-day Leicester art exhibition set in an imaginary bedroom is to shine a spotlight on social topics that matter to children in the East Midlands.

The immersive ‘Without Walls’ event has been arranged by The Mighty Creatives’ youth board members – a group of passionate 19 to 25-year-olds supported by the Leicester-based cultural education charity as part of an ongoing ‘youth voice’ movement. Regional primary and secondary schools will join the free exhibition from Tuesday, September 20 to Friday, September 23, in the city’s new community space, Beta-X.

Organizers have transformed the venue into a ‘make-believe’ child’s bedroom using puppetry, animation, painting, drawing and printmaking to demonstrate what children think about various social causes. Changemakers, partnership organizations, MPs and council and community group leaders are to attend ‘provocation workshops’, where the youth board will champion opinions from children and young people.

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Janah Smith, 19, a creative arts student and member of The Mighty Creative youth board, said: “We are involved in creative projects that make a real difference. It has been curated entirely by us as young people, which makes it even more powerful .

“It has been months in the making and shows that creativity really does have a role to play when it comes to important topics. We’re excited to see it finally come together.”

The four days will cover arts in education (Tuesday), environmental responsibility (Wednesday), mental health (Thursday), and employment and training pathways (Friday).

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Connor Brown, 21, an administrative assistant and board member, said: “We embarked on this project with The Mighty Creatives with no limitations, just a group of young people with a big ambition to make a change. We intended the exhibition to be one day, but it quickly escalated into four because we had so much to showcase.

“We started by asking ourselves, ‘where do children express their creativity?’ ‘Where is a safe place for young people to engage in hobbies and dreams?’ The answer was their bedroom — that’s how the bedroom idea came about. We worked with schools across the East Midlands to create different art forms — colorful paintings, drawings and even videos, which will take visitors on a journey.”

Connor said the group aims to ‘spark more conversations’ in the most ‘thought-provoking’ ways around the topics that affect children. And if visitors leave with a better understanding of the challenges young people face, they have succeeded.

Beta-X will host ‘Without Walls’ from September 20 to 23, with free entry from noon to 3pm each day.

For more information, visit the website here.

Submitted by Goldings Communications


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