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Bicester youth group showcase their creative flair

23 May 2016
One of the youngsters starts work on a masterpiece

A group of Bicester youngsters have been creating works of art which will be showcased during this month’s Oxfordshire ArtWeeks.

The Youth of Bicester (YOB) action group, with support from OYAP Trust (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership Trust) and Sanctuary Housing, will be exhibiting their art work in an empty shop space next to The Studio on Crown Walk in Bicester as part of the county’s art festival.

Youth of Bicester artwork

Working together, the young people have taken photographs looking at both their lives and spaces around them, created found poetry within magazine articles reflecting on the given topic and have produced collages.

The young people chose to create art around the theme of ‘change’, relating to the idea of personal change as they grow towards adulthood, as well as the changes they are seeing in the town around them.

Having decided on their theme, the group worked with materials and technology they have access to in their everyday lives, including capturing and editing photographs using a range of apps on their mobile phones.

The YOBs exhibition will also feature photography taken by another of OYAP’s groups, Grimsbury Youth Action Team, which includes miniature models of people at spaces and sites in and around the Banbury suburb as a way to change the way they and others view their space.

A silent charity auction will be run throughout the exhibition in order to raise funds towards the groups’ future projects.

The exhibition will be open for people to view the artwork on Friday 27 May at 4pm – 8pm and 28 – 30 May at 11am – 4pm.

Adam Childs, youth arts facilitator from OYAP Trust, said: “It was a great opportunity for the group to get first-hand experience of putting on an exhibition, from creating art work to curating the layout of the space.”

“Developing skills”

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “It’s great to see young people in Bicester trying their hand at something new and developing skills which will be useful for them in the future.

“Help people feel part of their community”

“By investing in local people like Youth of Bicester, we help people feel part of their community and build a sense of pride. This is a fantastic project and an excellent opportunity for them to get involved in a county-wide arts festival and, in addition to learning new skills, will be good for developing their self-confidence.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

OYAP Trust

OYAP Trust, an Oxfordshire charity which supports local young people, receives funding from Sanctuary Housing, Cherwell District Council, and is supported by Artswork and Arts Council England in order to run youth action teams. Currently groups operate in Bretch Hill, Grimsbury, Bicester and Witney.

For further information about the exhibition or if you would like to join an action team, please email admin@oyap.org.uk or call 01869 602560.