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 »


Lego Pimpstress Abe

From the 5th of August ’til the 15th, a mixed exhibition of photography and stencil work will be on display in Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre. The photography portion of this exhibit, Luv Leicester, is based around what residents think is great about the city. This is a project that has been led by myself and Abby Smith; who participated in the running of last year’s Unrestricted exhibition. It consists of photography by a mix-bag of young people; both from Soft Touch’s STart group, and from Park Lodge hostel. As well as the young people’s work, there is going to be a photo booth […] 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 »

Leicester comic con

Leicester Comic Con 2014

  So the 21st of June, 2014 the comic con was held in Leicester, the young people from the STart group at Soft Touch Arts were asked if they would help volunteer at the event with the craft workshop and just in general, five of us offered are assistance. Mason assisted with his manga drawings by doing a self portrait for the public who approached, Lynton did some spray painting on T-shirts, I took photos of the event and Josh and Kyle were general helpers if needed.   The event had a great turn out with many cosplayers dressed as […] Read more »

I, Malvolio review by Abby Smith


So the 24th of May saw I and three others from the STart group went to watch a performance at the Curve Theatre, called “I, Malvolio”. It involved one performer named Tim Crouch, doing a piece based around the Shakespeare play “Twelfth Night”. So, after Jim having booked them, all we had to do was pick the tickets up. Thanks to the Spark festival, we got them for free; and, to be honest, the performance would have been worth the £8 that they were  priced at anyway. The fact we got the opportunity to watch such a excellent performance for […] Read more »

STart go to London- Abby’s Perspective.


So, the 28th of May 2014 the STart group from Soft Touch Arts went on a trip to London to the Tate Modern and got given tickets by the Mighty Creatives to also view the Matisse gallery displayed within. It entitled a 9:30am meet at the train station to help late comers not be late and at 9:59am all seated on the train off we went. 1 hour and 15 minutes of traveling we arrived at ST.Pancreas station where we were held up by a long wait for tube tickets to which Jim finally bought but returned rather cheesed off […] Read more »

London Trip – Kyle’s perspective

By Abby Smith

Waking up at 5:36 is never a good way to start a weekday, especially when it’s during half-term. That is, unless you’re looking forward to a trip to London in but a few hours. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t quite understand the significance of this day in particular and decided to quite literally rain on our parade, but once we’d boarded the train and began our hour or so long journey of London, the majority of our weather related worries disappeared. So did the rain. We arrived at Saint Pancras’ station, only to find out that we needed tickets for the […] Read more »

Thursday sessions progression

Maya's progress

Here are the stencils progress from being just a cut out to now having a touch of colour to them. Not all at there final stage but it’s a start and all are showing potential to something that will look brilliant. These are just a few of the stencils, other people in the groups stencils are still a work in progress and haven’t got to the spray painting stage but will soon be. Read more »

Tanjima Khatun perspective

By Siham

we are doing a project showing the differences from the 1950’s and now. we are creating something for the which shows the dreams and expectations from the two time periods, it also shows how the genders differ and how people wanted different things. we want the project to be interactive and something which people can see from all angles. it would be vibrant and attractive so it appeals to all age types. we are making a dodecahedron which has collages on it which show the comparisons. the top half shows the dreams and the bottom half shows the expectations.   […] Read more »