SHIFT 2021


How will young people respond to the past year? How can we give young people a platform to inspire change? How can we enable the future generation to have a voice? How can we support young people in the community in a post-pandemic Wiltshire? 

SHIFT is an exciting new project created by Wiltshire Creative which is amplifying young voices through the arts. Led by two Associate Artists and our Young Ambassadors, we aim to programme a series of pan-arts events and work to showcase young voices in the community.   

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live our lives and raised serious and pressing questions about our future, and it is young people who will eventually answer these questions. SHIFT will give young people a platform to express how they think we should move forwards and what change we need to see in the community. The SHIFT programme will comprise of a range of digital and live projects and events.


There are lots of voluntary opportunities for young people to get involved, so if you are aged 14 to 24 years old, or work with young people and would like to help champion their voices. 

Click here to register your interest




Harrison Brodie - SHIFT Associate Artist 
Harrison has been working in the commercial theatre sector for the past few years on large scale touring musicals and in the West End, primarily as a Stage Manager. Most recently, he’s worked on the UK & Ireland tour of Dirty Dancing and in the West End on Curtains The Musical.  

Harrison has been lucky enough to work with some great teams of performers, technicians and creatives in his career so far. He is really interested moving into a producing role in the future and wishes to champion new and upcoming artists.  

Kate Potter - SHIFT Associate Artist
Kate has spent the last couple of years working with Theatre for Life on two different community theatre projects, partnered with the NHS, with the aim to raise awareness of important subject matters, such as Mental Health and Hidden Disabilities. Kate has also recently completed her Young Practitioners training with Chichester Festival Theatre and has continued facilitating youth theatre workshops ever since. Kate has a strong passion for theatre making and performing, especially in creating work that has meaning and provokes change within society. 

Kate Potter and Harrison Brodie said:  “We’re really pleased to be working on this exciting project which will help shift the way Wiltshire Creative programmes and produces work for young people in the community. We hope this will help set a national precedent, leaves a legacy for future work and showcases the best of young artists in the community. We hope to produce work that explores the future of our generation and inspires change. We have an exciting few months ahead and we are looking forward to sharing more with you!” 

Dave Orme (Associate Director of Wiltshire Creative) said:  “SHIFT is a really exciting opportunity for us to push the conversation forward and challenge the work that we currently make and programme – making way for new and emerging voices from a variety of different backgrounds to create and platform work that speaks to the younger voices of our community as they step in to inherit the world as it moves forward.” 




Wiltshire Creative Young Ambassadors and Associate Artists will work towards creating  the SHIFT manifesto pledge from Wiltshire Creative to young people in the local community outlining their vision for the enrichment of young lives in Wiltshire. This will be facilitated by Talawa Theatre Company, the UK’s leading Black British Theatre Company. 

This will become a realisation with our Graphic Designer, James from Volley Design, who will create artwork for the SHIFT Manifesto ready for print and digital use. This key piece of work will be used as a reference point for engaging with young people in the community that Wiltshire Creative serves.




During a meeting with our Young Ambassadors, they mentioned that they felt their voices could be heard louder in the community. Off Your Chest is a project designed to give young people the ability to share things that are on their mind, and provide a platform for their ideas and voices to be heard. The project combines virtual, digital and physical elements, including live workshops, performances and an exhibition 

The Off Your Chest postbox, Postie, has begun a road trip visiting schools around the South West, inviting young people to post all the things they want to get off their chest. Printed postboxes will also appear around Salisbury inviting young people to submit their thoughts via their phones. Off Your Chest asks key questions about young people’s thoughts for the future and what they want to see in their community. 

These voices will then be shared across the city, utilizing posters, digital installations, theatre and online platforms. To fully represent the thought of young people, these statements will be unedited and will show you snapshot of young people’s thoughts in Wiltshire.  

Post your own responses on the Off Your Chest website.

The responses will also be exhibited at the SHIFT HUB at Salisbury Arts Centre between 25th May – 3rd July 2021. 

Contact if you would like Postie to visit your school or youth group. Wiltshire Creative staff and Young Ambassadors can lead an engagement session, or we can send you all the relevant materials to run a session yourself. Educators are welcome to download our Off Your Chest Teachers’ Pack.



OPEN CALL: Emerging theatre makers for an R&D project developing an exciting new piece of theatre for young people.

Wiltshire Creative is looking for up to three young emerging theatre-makers/performers (no more than five years professional experience) who have an interest in devising and creating new work. Performers will join a creative team and work on a week-long R&D period exploring the statements and content gathered from our Off Your Chest project. The week will be spent exploring the original voices of young people from across the South West to scope the potential of an exciting new Verbatim theatre experience aimed at young people, with the possibility in mind for it to be available for Youth Theatres to perform themselves.

As well as working with a creative team, theatre-makers/performers will also engage with Wiltshire Creative’s Youth groups in the development of material.

Off Your Chest is a new digital-hybrid arts project which gives young people the chance to express their thoughts and feelings and have these voices amplified. With the slogan of SCAN – SEND – SHARE, we have been asking young people to submit their answers to a few simple questions about their relationship to the local community and larger society using the help of our good friend, Postie! The post-box is currently touring around schools and areas in the city, as well as virtually, collecting statements from hundreds of young people across the South West ready for the R&D period.

The Criteria:

  • Emerging theatre makers/ performers with no more than five years of professional experience
  • Under 26 years old
  • Based in the South West in England
  • Experience in devising and creating new work
  • An understanding of the social issues young people face
  • A passion for the importance of youth voice

Required availability: 7th – 12th June 2021

R&D Location: Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, SP1 3UT

Weekly Fee: £500.00 - in line with ITC performer rates.

Subsistence: To be paid in line with ITC performer rates, for commuting or relocation.

Application Process:

17th May – Deadline to send your CV and a supporting statement to

We welcome any form of supporting statement. You may want to outline why you believe you would be an asset to the R&D in a written letter, film recording or any other medium as long as you effectively communicate your skills and suitability for the process.

19th May – Shortlisted candidates will be informed and sent a practical task which will be in the form of a filmed solo performance of no more than 2 minutes that demonstrates your practical skills.

26th May – Deadline for video submissions.

31st May – Successful candidates to be informed.

Wiltshire Creative welcomes everyone and selects applicants in accordance with its Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy.

We are particularly interested in hearing from diverse and underrepresented artists, including female, artists that identify as being from African and Caribbean heritage, East, South and South-East Asian heritage, and of Mixed heritage, LGBTQAI+ artists, Deaf/Disabled artists, and artists from low-income backgrounds.

This R&D week will take place observing all government guidelines and restrictions, to ensure everybody’s safety. We will provide detailed guidelines.




#80 Washing Lines – A Wiltshire Takeover

As part of her exhibition Alternative Perceptions at Salisbury Arts Centre, artist Mahlia Amatina will present an art installation created as part of the SHIFT programme in collaboration with Wiltshire Creative’s group of young artists: #80WashingLines – A Wiltshire Takeover. After being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2015, Mahlia was inspired to share the unique sensory experiences of life on the autistic spectrum through her art. Her mission includes creating communities through the combination of art and advocacy around the globe and presenting art to the widest possible audiences.    

Click here for more information about the exhibition



SHIFT Development Fund

SHIFT will offer funding of £5000 for an emerging arts or theatre company to develop a new piece of work aimed at young people. Although the piece can be for any demographic from toddlers to teenagers, the piece should respond to the challenges and issues facing young people in contemporary society and should resonate with their experience.  

Along with funding, the selected company will receive in kind support (to be agreed with Wiltshire Creative) in the form of space, technical support, photography, marketing and an industry sharing event to be arranged in conjunction with the successful company/artist. 

The company will be chosen by our Associate Artists and Young Ambassadors supported by the team across the organisation. 

Please note, applications are now closed. 




Wiltshire Creative are partnering with youth arts organisations across the South West to create an exciting piece of artwork that represents youth voice. Each group will create new work in their specialised artform that expresses their beliefs and opinions on the struggles that young people face in today’s world.

The Youth Arts Network will offer an opportunity for youth leaders to come together and share expertise and experiences, in order to enrich the opportunities provided to young people in our region.

If your youth group or organisation would like to be part of the Youth Arts Network, please contact Kate Potter, one of our SHIFT Associate Artists, at




In Summer 2021, SHIFT will be launched with a number of virtual and live public events.  

SHIFT NOW is an online event showcasing local young talent online, direct from Salisbury Playhouse.


The Youth Arts Network Film Screening will take place during Salisbury Playhouse’s re-opening week, an exciting piece of artwork that represents this generation’s hunger to make a difference. 


The Late SHIFT Social takes place at Salisbury Arts Centre, a chance to explore the SHIFT HUB and celebrate the hard work of our young people whilst enjoying an evening of food, drink and entertainment. 





There are several opportunities for young people to get involved, including a visual arts exhibition and performance opportunities.  If you are aged 14 to 24 years old and would like to help champion the voices of young people and share your own thoughts and opinions please get in touch by Click here to register your interest

For more information, please contact Kate Potter (SHIFT Associate Artist) via email at




Logo developed with Volley Design, SHIFT Associate Artists and Young Ambassadors.

Click here for more information about Volley Design