A Space To Be...launches in October

A Space To Be..., the teenage wellbeing project based around creativity and museums will launch in October at Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service. This is part of a wider National Lottery Heritage Funded project across Hertfordshire.

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Lockdown has encouraged increased awareness of mental health challenges, particularly for young people and considerations of the obstacles that young people sometimes face. This project, aimed at teenagers offers a kind, safe, non-judgmental space where they can enjoy quality time out while taking part in arts workshops. 

Inspired by Hertfordshire museum collections, experienced artists have developed sessions which might be based on drawing, painting, creative writing, collage, and 3D work. The online group sessions will be inspired by the collections at Mill Green Museum in Hatfield and Watford Museum.

The group will meet weekly for nine weeks after school with the programme running from 12 October to 7 December 2021 and 25 January to 22 March 2022. Each museum will host a celebration event in the new year. The young people that have been involved with the workshops will be encouraged to share their work with friends and family at the celebration event. The work will also be displayed for visitors to enjoy.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member, Leisure and Community Safety said

The last 18 months has been unprecedented in so many ways and young people across the country have met exceptional challenges.

As we respond and recover, we want to continue to support the young people of Welwyn Hatfield and ensure that they are encouraged to be part of a community, where everyone feels safe.

After months of isolation, these workshops will provide a safe haven where young people can express their creativity and be inspired by our wonderful collections at Welwyn Hatfield Museum service.

The sessions are not formal art classes, or art therapy. Most importantly young people do not have to be 'good at art' to join in - everyone is welcomed.

If you know a teenager who you think might benefit from coming to the workshops or would just like to know more, please email aspacetobeherts@gmail.com.