Unrestricted was based around a shop unit in Leicester’s impressive shopping mall ‘The Highcross’. The participants had the shop unit for six days and had to plan what they were going to do with it…

Abby’s Story

This project  was a great opportunity that set new challenges and enjoyment in something I enjoy doing.
Me and three other young people were given this project in which we had to work with Soft Touch Arts. We also had some help from Michael Lawrence from Spearing Waite to plan, keep diaries, set up dates, form lists of what we would need, come up with a name, prices and themes. We also needed to sort out the promotion side to create posters, leaflets and get in contact with journalists and radio stations to promote our gallery.

When everything was sorted that needed to be before the exhibition, we then had to decide on the presentation/layout of the shop how we would set everything up and then it was down to us to then work in the shop and talk to our customers, promote who we were and hopefully sell our work.


I really enjoyed being given such a main role and learning valuable business skills but within a subject I like- photography. It was also fun working in the shop gaining shop experience and meeting the public who took a real interest in our work and gave positive feedback. When our first buyer came it was a great moment it didn’t matter who it was it was just the fact that someone’s work was good enough that someone wanted it up on their wall, was a real honour to know.

If I was to do it again I would try to make it bigger, get more young people to exhibit their work and also be given a chance to participate in decisions and organisation and shift work. I would promote it more choose a theme with more interest and in general just make it bigger and better.