World Class Youth Hub Receives Heritage Lottery Funding For Innovative Art Project
By AnnaClark | Monday, June 18, 2012, 16:26
The Station, a revolutionary youth project that involves transforming the derelict Old Fire Station site in central Bristol into a £5.75million state-of-the-art youth hub, has received £20,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding.
Station Drivers researching the Heritage Lottery Fund project - Credit Camilla Adams
Led by the Creative Youth Network, The Station looks to create a safe, neutral space in which young people from all backgrounds can thrive. As well as a place to chill out, have fun and take part in creative projects, The Station will provide a comprehensive support network offering young people counselling, career guidance and health advice.
The Heritage Lottery Fund's £20,000 cash boost will fund an inventive project, in which young people from across greater Bristol will explore the history of their areas and how each links with the city centre. The project will culminate with young people producing artworks for permanent display in The Station when it opens in October.
MShed is a key partner in developing the projects, allowing groups to research their heritage and connect with the city. Confirmed groups taking part are 1625 Independent People, BME Forum and young people from The Mill and Docklands, Freedom Group representing LGBT young people and Knowle West Media Centre involved in a summer programme along with the Youth Forums in Lawrence Weston and Southmead.
Sandy Hore-Ruthven, CEO of the Creative Youth Network, said: "A key objective of The Station is to break down stereotypes, increasing tolerance and understanding between Bristol's young people. This project is a key part of getting young people to look beyond their immediate areas, and work effectively with others from different parts of the city. It provides a real opportunity for young people to get creative, produce something tangible and really explore their own heritage."
The project will offer the young people involved a key opportunity to develop skills in planning, teamwork and self confidence and specific skills in research, oral history recording, how to interpret and curate artefacts, visual arts, film making and music.
Richard Bellamy, Head of Region South West, said "This is an excellent project that will get young people involved in the heritage that surrounds them by bringing it to life and making it relevant to them. It will connect young people from a variety of backgrounds in Bristol with their past and allow them to explore it creatively, developing a greater sense of identity, and an appreciation of the diversity and breadth of their heritage".
The Heritage Lottery Fund, using money raised through the National Lottery, provides grants to organisations and projects aiming to sustain and transform UK heritage. Alongside innovative investment projects like The Station, the Fund supports museums, parks, historic places, archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions.
Since 1994, the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported over 33,000 projects allocating £4.97billion across the UK.
For further information or to get involved with The Station's heritage artwork project, visit The Station's Facebook page.