After18 works with local artists and arts organisations to provide a broad range of experiences for young refugees.
Our programme aims to provide young people with a safe space to express themselves and have their views heard. Young people tell us that having a regular opportunity to participate in arts groups distracts them from their worries and bad experiences and helps to keep them busy.
We offer regular opportunities for the work to be displayed in public, which brings their stories to a wider audience (see our Events pages for details). We encourage the young people to think of themselves as artists. Exhibiting their work is a validating experience for them and helps build confidence.
After18 currently runs the following arts programme:
Art Media Hub
These sessions run in the school holidays and teach young people a range of skills including photography, animation, drawing and printing. Students are able to work towards an Arts Award Qualification. The Art Media Hub is run in partnership with Charnwood Arts.
Trails of Our Journeys workshop
This is a weekly group (in term time) for vulnerable young women, focusing on using textile techniques to explore young people’s culture, identity and life journeys. Young people are encouraged to develop entrepreneurial skills and market their creations. This workshop is run in partnership with local artist Beate Dehnen and Leicester Quaker Meeting.