Supporting young people on the Isle of Wight, who may be living in poverty and be affected by mental health issues, to engage with outdoor arts based activities to explore the IOW Biosphere and to develop skills leading to accredited arts awards. With pro artists they'll create place based arts.
Young people on the Isle of Wight are often isolated. Public transport around the island is expensive and infrequent and the Solent crossing limits cultural connection to Southampton, Portsmouth or London. Child poverty is high at one third and we also have more than 1,000 children with special educational needs who aren't always getting the support they need. Our youth mental health waiting lists are long, with little prospect of improvement, so we need to work to support them alternatively, with proven creative techniques.
Throughout lockdown, many people turned to creative pursuits to alleviate boredom and to manage social isolation and depression. We also know that being outside and connecting with nature is good for our mental health. We want to engage young people on the Isle of Wight with our unique biosphere status and give them agency to share their voice and feelings through the commissioning of place based art works. They will help to co-create the briefs for Sandown and Newport with chosen artists.