Bleeding HeART Outcomes

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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 »

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

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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

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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

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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 »

#LuvLeicester

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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

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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 »

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 »