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A Space To Be ...

 A Space To Be... 

A Space To Be … is a National Heritage Lottery Funded project which is designed to improve the wellbeing of young people living in Hertfordshire. It is being run by Hertfordshire Museums Development Team in partnership with artists and museums across the county.

 A Space To Be … workshops for young people who are aged from 14 to 18 and in full-time education will provide opportunities to socialise away from the pressure of school and exams during the 20/21 academic year. Workshops will take place online or in partner museums. They will give young people the chance to work with artists and health professionals in activities that will foster creativity, increase their personal resilience and help safeguard their mental health. If you would like to sign up for the next round of workshops, please email

Each museum will host three rounds of eight workshops during the 2020/21 academic year, in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms and young people who are interested can apply with the support of thier school or parents.

A Space To Be … is being delivered with support from the Ollie Foundation, a charity providing training and other services to prevent suicide in young people.

Three in five young people have either experienced a mental health problem themselves or are close to someone who has. Schools are under increasing pressure to provide wellbeing support for pupils at a time of rising demand and gaps in NHS mental health services. This project has been designed as an early intervention to support teenagers who are suffering from stress or are at risk of depression.

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What is it?

8 weekly 1.5 hour art based workshops

Who is it for?

Anyone aged 14 – 18 who needs a bit of time out in a friendly, relaxed space.

When is it?

Weekdays after school

What will I be doing?

Different artists will be leading different creative activities – it might be photography, art, writing, music, collage… Each workshop will draw on the collection of a local museum for inspiration

Most importantly – you don’t need any experience – everyone is welcome including complete beginners

It is NOT a formal art class

Where does it take place?

Online during the autumn term in 2020 and in museums during the spring and summer terms in 2021

How do I join in?

To participate in the online workshops you will need an internet connected device (preferably a laptop or PC). Art materials can be provided if needed.

The museum the workshops will be easy to get to but if you need help to access them we may be able to provide transport.

How do I sign up?

Young people can sign up for the workshops via the pastoral team at their school or by contacting Jo Askham, Project Manager:


m:  07746 578 292