Isolation Stories

Filming Project with CEO Debbi Clark and filmmaker Sadie Frost.
Funded by The People’s Health Trust and GOLLP

Acknowledging that young people were not able to attend school we delivered a project to young people and families who needed support, living in social housing in Queens Crescent, Gospel Oak, Haverstock and Kentish Town West. We developed a 12-week programme documentary project.

Not all these young people have access to laptops so we supplied Premier FILM adobe packages to learn online tutorials with our team of qualified tutors. We’ve filmed local community members, an art therapist, parents and friends, used green screens and learnt professional lighting and sound.

This project is ongoing and we are able to continue throughout the national lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. We continue to produce work for this project, enrolling more young students to tell their stories.

Living in a Pandemic

A Project in Documentary Photography with Debbi Clark and Paul Romans.
Funded by Camden Giving

In response to the COVID – 19 pandemic and the national lockdown at the start of 2020, we felt it was important to keep young people creating. We gave over 30 young people a cutting-edge photography project, learning skills in documentary photography and editing in their own 12-week mini photography documentary project of how it feels to live life in a PANDEMIC.

We provided families with internet facility and adobe packages to attend online tutorials. This also enabled some families to stay connected and communicate during the lockdown. It is essential for us to continue the work we do with many young vulnerable people.

This project produced an extremely important piece of work and we were even able to create our own photography lockdown photo book – an important and historical artwork.

The success of this project was noticed by the Camden New Journal and we were grateful to be featured in a spread hailing its achievements. All photographs taken in this project were taken by our young people.

Zoom Projects

Fashion, Illustration and continuation of other projects

We realised as soon as the 2021 lockdown was announced that we would have to take our projects online.

As well as the continuation of our Music Mentoring Project and Isolation Stories filming project, we introduced NEW workshops to help combat the challenges our young people faced.

We are gravely aware of the effect a lockdown can have on young people’s mental health. The Zoom workshops were an opportunity for us to support our young people.

We’ve had an incredible turnout, with a big influx of students joining the online classes. In our illustration workshop, we developed a successful laptop donation campaign, where our young artists drew amazing POP ART posters for the campaign. In our fashion online courses, young designers learnt how to stitch and are now making their own clothes and accessories. The dedication to the courses has surprised even us at HVH ARTS and we have been so impressed with the results.