Modelling Change Update

Modelling Change project ran from October 2014 until spring 2015 using the creative arts to engage and empower girls aged 16 to 19 in the Oxfordshire area, through the agencies and organisations that support them.  Skilled artist facilitators lead a mix of arts based activities and workshops on a weekly basis.  Engaging with creative activity has shown to have a positive impact on self-esteem and self-image, steering them towards more positive life decisions. Click here to view a  short film about the project.


The sessions ran on a weekly basis during term time and participants experience a wide range of creative activities including printing bags and banners; using wood, wire and nails;  mosaic and mask making;  collage and paper work; painting and graphics; writing and drama games.   The group  worked worked towards gaining Bronze Level Arts Award, visited a performance at Pegasus Theatre and was part of a  procession at the Cowley Road Carnival in July 2015.  During International Women’s Day in March 2015, the group exhibited some of their artwork at an event at Modern Art Oxford.  Modelling Change girls also really enjoyed participating in making lanterns for the Oxford Festival of Light held during November 20 to 22.  Thanks to Fusion Arts for their support!

Modelling Change is part of the second phase of the research project led by the University of Sussex into the use of creative arts with vulnerable groups.

Read the  Criminal Justice Joint Inspection report on Girls in the Criminal Justice System here

Modelling Change was  supported by investment from Arts Council England, Amey plc, J Paul Getty Trust and Oxfordshire Youth Justice Service.

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