Wiltshire Creative gives youth a voice through SHIFT project

A new project from Wiltshire Creative is aiming to give young people a voice post-pandemic. 

SHIFT is an exciting initiative that gives youngsters a platform to showcase their art work and inspire change for future generations. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live our lives and raised serious and pressing questions about our future. SHIFT gives youngsters a way to express themselves through difficult times and maybe reach some answers. 

It is being led by Young Associate Artists Harrison Brodie and Kate Potter along with the support of the Wiltshire Creative Young Ambassadors. 

Wiltshire Creative Associate Director Dave Orme, said: “SHIFT is a really exciting opportunity for us to push the conversation forward and challenge the work that we currently make and programme – making way for new and emerging voices from a variety of different backgrounds to create and platform work that speaks to the younger voices of our community as they step in to inherit the world as it moves forward.” 

Wiltshire Creative SHIFT Associate Artists Harrison Brodie and Kate Potter said: “We’re really pleased to be working on this exciting project which will help shift the way Wiltshire Creative programmes and produces work for young people in the community. We hope this will help set a national precedent, leave a legacy for future work and showcase the best of young artists in the community. We hope to produce work that explores the future of our generation and inspires change.” 

The SHIFT programme comprises of a range of digital and live projects and events.  

Alternate Perceptions, at Salisbury Arts Centre until 3rd July 2021 

Alternate Perceptions is an exhibition of work by artist Mahlia Amatina. 

Mahlia was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2015 and was inspired to share the unique sensory experiences of life on the autistic spectrum through her art. 

As well as showcasing Mahlia’s most recent work, the exhibition also incorporates an art installation created as part of the SHIFT programme in collaboration. 

#80WashingLines – A Wiltshire Takeover, was put together with the help of a group of Wiltshire Creative’s young artists. 

SHIFT HUB, at Salisbury Arts Centre until 3rd July 2021 

For one month only, the Salisbury Arts Centre is transforming into the SHIFT HUB to celebrate and showcase the work of young people involved in the project. 

It includes results from Off Your Chest - a project that asks key questions about young people’s thoughts for the future and what they want to see in their community.  

There is also a digital installation where visitors can enjoy work from youth arts organisations around Wiltshire and the South West.   

Get involved 

As part of SHIFT 2021 programme Wiltshire Creattive is looking for young people aged 14-21 to create new work and exhibit alongside Mahlia Amatina later in the year. 

You can find out more on the Wiltshire Creative website, or click here to register your interest. 

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