Stafford Decorative and Fine Arts Society has used funding awarded from the Staffordshire County Council Community Arts Fund to run a project to tackle the issues surrounding unplanned teenage pregnancy.
The aim of the project was to engage young school age and teenage parents who attend Stafford Children’s Centre to create a large scale mural depicting some of the issues they face as young parents and to share with others their own age.
The mural, describing the reality of teenage pregnancy and motherhood, will be wall mounted at Stafford Children’s Centre.
The production of a short film has been created to focus on images within the mural accompanied by sounds and voices describing feelings and problems.
The two elements, audio and visual, will create a unique message to be relayed across secondary schools in the Stafford area.
Innovative Arts Helping Young Teen Mothers
The project helped the young teenage mothers/mothers to be, to come together in a common purpose involving using new skills as well as communicating through their common difficulties they each faced.
Film maker Robert Burns and Textile artist Madeline Norris worked on the film and Richard Franks coordinated all creative activities and produced the computerised version of the mural.
It’s taken longer than expected (anything that involves funding, young people etc. always does in my opinion) but I really enjoyed it and everyone at the Centre did also. We started with only an idea and no money and we are nearly there with a film, artwork and a project that will sit alongside most Arts and Health practice locally and nationally. Richard Franks