Young people express life stories through visual arts exhibition

A visual arts exhibition showcasing the talent of young people accessing the mediaSHYPP project, part of Supported Housing for Young People Project (SHYPP), is currently on display at The Courtyard, Hereford.

Created by the young people themselves, the #WhereAmI? exhibition is an exploration of self and identity, place and environment, journeys and stories.

Through art, 11 young people have created a visual display of their personal life experiences and where they see themselves in the future as well as bringing attention to contemporary issues such as youth homelessness.

Kie Cummings of mediaSHYPP said: “We developed the concept earlier in the year following our last exhibition which focused on our connection to the earth and environment as a way to tell personal stories.  This time young people were challenged to think about their past, present and future, either on a personal level or collectively, the results speak for themselves.”

Chantelle, one of the young artists, said: “By doing this project I have gained more confidence in myself. For me the highlight of the project was being able to express my feelings through a painting and to then get the opportunity to display and share that piece with the public.”

Young people have also blogged about their experiences on the projects blog site

#WhereAmI? is a project provided by the Supported Housing for Young People Project (SHYPP) supported by artists Jamie Jackson (New Leaf) and Levi Cook. The exhibition is currently on display at The Courtyard, Hereford, until 20th October 2017.