Pop Up Cafe


It has been a good few weeks now that I have been submerged in the Pop Up Cafe that comes around every Thursday which along with Soft Touch Arts, Leicester College students and other young people get involved with the cooking and presenting of food to the cafe. Right now as I typed the pop up cafe is open and already 25 people have come in and experienced the atmosphere and food the young people provide to just the ever day passer by, or the business man on his lunch break. Surveys have suggested that a majority love the food […] Read more »



From 16th of January until the 6th of March Soft Touch Arts alongside New Walk Museum will be exhibiting young people’s artwork for free ,as part of a touring exhibition. I have got involved as a young curator and invigilator of the exhibition, so have chosen which artwork goes where, put up the artwork and watched over the exhibition whilst many have come to view the work of young people. The exhibition has been in Margate and will venture on to the Isle of White but it has been a good experience to have been part of the process and […] Read more »

Bleeding HeART Outcomes


14th of February, 2015, love was in the air as Valentine’s day filled the hearts of many… we decided to try and captivate these hearts down a darker route for the love filled day. Bleeding HeART was an exhibition I and Lewis organised with the assistance from other young people; Mason, Emily, Nathan, Kim, Sam and Skyla. The exhibition involved interactive elements as well as presenting artwork for the public to see and gruesome but delicious food to try. The venue was at the Queen of Bradgate pub, who thankfully gave us the space for free and produced the food […] Read more »

It’s that time again


Last year in December Soft Touch Arts presented ‘A Fright Night Before Christmas’ giving participants a scare as a special early christmas gift. Great feedback was given for this new trial event that the young people have decided to do another one this year on the 1st and 8th of December. A top secret location has been selected for this years Fright Night which only those acting and helping know about. This year we’ve been able to plan out the event much more in detail and with everyone who is involved, getting each of their inputs. The theme has been […] Read more »

Face Painting

Zombies, Models Lewis Buttery, Ed Thurlow and Abby Smith

I have recently found a new like in face painting; whilst on a Halloween project I attempted to paint Lewis’ face, as you can see in the first image captioned ‘creepy clown’ and received positive feedback as well as one of the young participants asking for me to paint his face! From then on I was engaged with this creative art form and continued. The next event to arise was Halloween itself where I quickly adjusted mine and Lewis’ face to suit the characters we were playing. After that I chose to use the upcoming Fright Night Soft Touch have […] Read more »

STart cardboard boxes

Fran-A-Tron  is ready to complete her mission.

Thursday the 28th Of August, once again another STart session took place and this time it saw the creation of cardboard being turned into something more. It started off with our sessional worker doing some cleaning up before the session started. She was about to throw out a cardboard box that was no longer needed when I decided that it could have some use before completely getting rid of. Cutting out some holes in the box for arms and eyes and drawing a smile I had a character that gave influence for Kieran to go on to along with Jack […] Read more »

Luv Leicester: Exhibition Outcomes


From the 5th to the 15th of August 2014, the Luv Leicester exhibition opened in the Highcross; and the general public came to look at our young people’s work. A few days before the launch, we had time to set up; clean up the place; and make it look like a presentable, worthwhile exhibit. Within the exhibit, my main role was along-side Lewis; taking photos of the public for our portrait wall, telling us why they love Leicester. We also ended up taking count of who came into the exhibit and other small chores, such as buying lunch. On most days we […] Read more »

Abe’s Soft Touch Arts Experience


It’s been five years since I was first introduced to Soft Touch arts, it was through my secondary school that our paths crossed. They were working on a film project based around Lady Jane Grey to which I almost didn’t get involved with at the time; the participants already working on the project were trying to recruit more people to take part and when they first approached me I was with certain friends who weren’t interested in getting involved, fortunately for me the second time I was asked, the friends that stuck by me until the end of school were […] Read more »

Step by Step Stages


I would like to show you what I have currently been up to with my stencil, with it being pretty much complete except framed, I would like to show you the step by step I took in making this complete.   This along with many other young peoples self portraits will be exhibited in a local shopping centre unit for people to come and view and hopefully like. Read more »

Garden Glasto

By Abby Smith.

The 12th of July saw the return of the Garden Glasto, which involves socialising in the back garden of an unassuming couple’s home. Attendees are permitted to camp for the night whilst during the day you enjoy listening to local bands play, cook some delicious food on the BBQ, entertain yourself on the bouncy castle or come and take part in the activities we provided. Lewis, Ruth and I went on behalf of Soft Touch Arts and let people know who were Soft Touch and what they do but we also took the Soft Touch bike along and created painted vinyls with […] Read more »