Making for Change

Young people creating change in their communities

a young woman works at a table with an artist making a silver chain.

Ongoing Project
Birmingham

Making for Change Expo planned for May/June postponed. More details on the blog.

We work with young people from around Birmingham to investigate how they can make a positive social change using Craftivism (craft + activism).

You can find out about how to get involved, our current activities and projects on the Making For Change blog.

Long term project

Making For Change is a long term project. Since 2014 we have worked with 26 young people as core participants, engaged with hundreds of others as audience members and experimented with a variety of delivery models.

Our aims are that the young people we work with have the opportunity to:

  • build their skills and confidence
  • have their say on matters that affect them
  • develop making skills and explore how to use them within social action.

Sometimes they complete an arts award and we aim to signpost them on to other local opportunities. Participants have also become involved in other Craftspace projects including paid opportunities.

Background

Making for Change developed out of two other youth focused projects; Craft in Mind and Craftspace Collective. Since 2016 we have created 3 different versions of the programme; a pilot project working with young people from across Birmingham, a version specifically based in the Aston and Newtown area of the city and one exploring a maker mentor model . You can see photos and videos from all of these on the Making For Change blog. Most recently we have been working on Making For Change Expo an exhibition and workshop programme that revisits the campaigns from the last 6 years and engages young people in thinking about what they would like to change and how.

Funders

We are very grateful to all the funders over the last 6 years who have enabled Making for Change to happen. These have included;

Arts Connect West Midlands who funded the research and development phase. WA Cadbury, Unity Trust Bank and Awards for All who funded the pilot week and enabled us to give ongoing support to two young people to develop their campaigns further.

Birmingham City Council,  WA Cadbury and Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust who funded Making for Change in Aston and Newtown.

Youth Social Action Fund who supported the Maker Mentor programme.

Saintbury and the Grimmitt Trust who are funding Making For Change Expo.

Partners

Making for Change wouldn’t have been possible without support from some key partners over the years. They have included ;

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) Birmingham who provided a fantastic venue to host the pilot in and supported us with access to computers and other equipment.

Podnosh who provided sessions on accessing data and helped young people to crystallise some facts around their campaigns.

Grosvenor Road Studios who were the venue for Making for Change in Aston and Newtown and Aspire4u who worked with us to recruit participants.

The Gap Arts Project who will be the venue for Making For Change Expo when we are able to open.

Creative support

Across the programme we have worked with a range of skilled makers, artists, activists, data specialists and youth mentors.

Examples of their work and how they have facilitated young people to develop their campaigns can be seen on the blog.

Making for Change has always been a youth led project and currently we are working with two young creatives Daljinder Johal and Hayley Salter to deliver Making for Change Expo.

Making for Change Expo

Planned for May/June – postponed

Our exhibition and workshops can’t happen in the way that we wanted but that doesn’t mean we won’t be doing anything.

We’ve recruited two young creatives Daljinder Johal and Hayley Salter who will work together to tell the story of Making for Change: the activism, campaigns, ideas, issues, concerns, activities, artworks and messages generated by young people who have participated in the project since it began in 2014.

They are exploring other ways to deliver the content such as live streaming and downloadable activities, bringing the exhibition to a virtual audience who can also take part in online craftivism workshops.

We’re still working with the same artists, hoping to involve the same groups and planning to organise some offline activity at a later date too.

Details on ways to get involved will be announced soon. For more information contact [email protected] or visit the blog www.makingforchange.craftspace.co.uk



Where Next

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Making For Change: Aston and Newtown

Applications open until 14th July.

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Making For Change: week-long pilot project

Join our week-long pilot project for 16-25 year olds.



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