The Supporting Young Minds project challenged young people, aged 12-18, to create ‘place-changing’ public artworks that connected with other young people, as well as the wider community, encouraging them to get outside, be more physically active and engage with the Isle of Wight Biosphere.
The project was an important opportunity for the culture and youth engagement sectors on the Island to better understand and develop the potential of creative activity in supporting the resilience of young people at risk, in terms of mental health.
It was a part of Artswork’s Supporting Young Minds investment programme – five linked projects taking place across the South East that aimed to model best practice in the use of creativity to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
The Supporting Young Minds (SYM) project, in partnership with Artswork, was initially led by Creative Island as a host organisation and the IW Cultural Education Partnership (IW CEP) – and managed by IW CEP member organisation Independent Arts.
Read more about the project and see how it developed on the IW CEP website.
Supported by Arts Council England, Artswork and IW Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Partners also included Isle of Wight Youth Trust, Community Action Isle of Wight, Energise Me and Isle of Wight Council.