SHIFT 2021 - AMPLIFYING YOUNG VOICES
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 project created by Wiltshire Creative which is amplifying young voices through the arts. Led by two Associate Artists and our Young Ambassadors, we have programmed a series of arts events and projects that showcase young voices.
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 provides 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 includes a range of digital and live projects and events.
Projects and Events
- Developing a Manifesto
- SHIFT NOW
- Off Your Chest
- Visual Arts Collaboration
- Youth Arts Network
- The Late SHIFT Social
In the Press
- SHIFT NOW x BBC Upload in partnership with BBC Radio Wiltshire
- Salisbury Journal: New project aims to 'amplify' young voices through the arts
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.”
Logo developed with Volley Design, SHIFT Associate Artists and Young Ambassadors.
Wiltshire Creative Young Ambassadors and Associate Artists recently worked 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 was facilitated by Talawa Theatre Company, the UK’s leading Black British Theatre Company.
A visual version has been realised with our Graphic Designer, James from Volley Design, who has created 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.
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.
SHIFT NOW is a free digital event showcasing Wiltshire’s young talent, hosted by our SHIFT Associate Artists and including Q&As and special guest appearances. It boasts an incredible line up of local young bands including Home From The Unknown, Signature Vision, The Facilitators and music from students at Wiltshire College.
This exciting online premiere, direct from the Main Stage of Salisbury Playhouse took place on Thursday 6 May at 7pm.
You can watch the full online event below!
All that's left is to grab your popcorn, open your laptop, and get ready to be inspired.
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 post boxes are also appearing 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.
Their offerings will then be shared across the city, utilising posters, digital installations, theatre and online platforms. To fully represent the thoughts 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 are on display and exhibited at the SHIFT HUB at Salisbury Arts Centre between 25th May – 3rd July 2021.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
#80 Washing Lines – A Wiltshire Takeover
As part of her exhibition Alternate Perceptions at Salisbury Arts Centre, artist Mahlia Amatina worked alongside a group of young artists to create a collaborative art installation as part of the SHIFT programme. 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.
#80WashingLines – A Wiltshire Takeover was inspired by Mahlia’s social art installation ‘Around the World in 80 Washing Lines’. Using this work, with its theme of connectedness as a starting point, the group met on Zoom and explored the artwork’s concepts within the context of their own lives, and themes that mattered to them, including identity, non-judgment, gender roles, family structures, and care.
This multidisciplinary exhibition is on view at Salisbury Arts Centre between 25 May – 3rd July 2021
Wiltshire Creative have partnered with youth arts organisations across the South West to create an exciting network that represents youth voice. Each group created 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 offers 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 email@example.com
The Youth Arts Network recently released their first piece of work, a full feature film created by young filmmaker Max Mackay. A premiere screening took place during Salisbury Playhouse’s reopening week, on 12th June 2021.
The full feature film will be released online in the coming months so please keep an eye out on our social media channels, @youngwiltscreative.
The Late SHIFT Social took place at Salisbury Arts Centre on 12 June 2021, 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 including a quiz and live performances by young theatremakers and young musicians.
Wiltshire Creative have announced the winners of the SHIFT Development Fund, Mich Sanderson and Ryan Wilce. The SHIFT Development Fund was set up to offer an emerging youth theatre, company or artist £5000 to develop a new piece of work aimed at young people, and centred around the issues they face. The South West duo Sanderson and Wilce will be creating a project drawing on experiences of the region’s queer youth an rich heritage of folk music to create a new canon of songs, and ultimately a musical, relevant to the narratives of young people today.
Mich Sanderson and Ryan Wilce said, “It means everything to us to have received the SHIFT fund! As early career artists, to be offered this support and have such an amazing organisation behind us is unreal. We will make the most of this learning opportunity and be enriched by the process – the skills we hone over the next year, and connections we make, will enhance our practice immeasurably.”
Dave Orme, Wiltshire Creative Associate Director, said, “We're very excited to be working with such talented emerging artists who are embarking on such a profound and meaningful journey towards creating what is sure to be an amazing piece of work. Wiltshire Creative and the wider South-West artistic sector is enriched by these new and exciting voices”.
The SHIFT Development Fund comes as part of the wider SHIFT initiative, an ambitious cross organisation project by Wiltshire Creative which has paved the way in young arts engagement in the South-West, implementing strategies and structures which have, and will continue to, enable thousands of young people to engage with arts and culture.
SHIFT Associate Artists Harrison Brodie and Kate Potter said: “We were inspired by Mich and Ryan’s application which feels so relevant to young people in the South West in the current moment. The concept at putting regional identities on stage is a core part of the SHIFT programme and ties is with our objective and aims of the project. We can’t wait to see what Mich and Ryan create!”
In addition to the SHIFT Development Fund, as part of their ongoing commitment to artist support, SHIFT also announces the Dawn Sturgess Bursary, which will fund one young person who has faced adversity or barriers through drama school training. The Dawn Sturgess Bursary is supported by Dancing Ledge Productions and Wiltshire Creative.
Please keep an eye on our Instagram account for more information in the coming months: @youngwiltscreative
SHIFT NOW x BBC Upload in partnership with BBC Radio Wiltshire
As part of our SHIFT NOW celebration event, Wiltshire Creative partnered with BBC Radio Wiltshire as part of their BBC Upload programme to showcase young bands from the local area. Recorded on the main stage of the Playhouse, four acts were played on air, for many of these bands, this was the first time they have been broadcast on radio.
Salisbury Journal: New project aims to 'amplify' young voices through the arts
Creating a 'foundation' for the future
Harrison says SHIFT will create a "foundation" for the future and be a "positive tool" to help with the recovery.
He added: “SHIFT isn’t about just the one event or one programme of work. It’s about a shift in the way that the organisation communicates and works with young people.”
For more information on the project including press enquiries, please contact Harrison Brodie (SHIFT Associate Artist) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org