Youth-Led: Youth identify issues affecting their mental health and decide which one to address

​Arts based: Youth choose an art medium through which to express their views and take action

Civic Action: Youth share their story of change and their artwork to directly address the issue

July 6th to August 10th 2024


DATES: July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, August 3rd

TIME: Saturdays, 12:00 - 17:00

VENUE: Brian Friel Theatre, Queens Film Theatre Building, Queens University Belfast


DATE: August 10th

TIME: 10:00 - 13:00 (Rehersal) , 14:00 - 16:00 (Concert)

VENUE: Brian Friel Theatre, Queens Film Theatre Building, Queens University Belfast

Art for Change will empower young people (12 - 18 years) in/from Northern Ireland to:

FEEL: express their views about issues affecting their mental health and the consequent mental health challenges they face; learn self-reflection, mindfulness and positive affirmation strategies for self-care that help them nurture their mental health; identify an issue that bothers them that they want to take action on as a group

IMAGINE: brainstorm a way to make it better; choose an artform through which they address the issue as a group

DO: learn Design Thinking strategies to take action on an issue affecting their mental health through an art medium of their choice; develop skills in chosen art media; work as a team to complete their project; prepare a presentation and display for the showcase event

SHARE: publicly share their artwork to lead social action by encouraging audience response, action and involvement to further address the issue; inspire others to say, 'I CAN'!



Thanks to generous funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and with the support of the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, we have spaces for 5 funded groups of youth and supporting adults.

Each group will consist of:

  • 5 youth (12 - 18 years) from a Community Organisation

  • 1 Youth Worker from the Community Organisation

The group will also be supported by an artist who is skilled and experienced in the artform they choose to express themselves through. ie music, visual art, drama, poetry/spoken word, multidisciplinary performance.

We are recruiting 4 artists as follows:

  • musician

  • visual artist

  • actor, poet/spoken word artist

  • multidisciplinary performer

Artists will need to submit their:

  • artist CV's

  • an example of their socially engaged artwork

  • experience of working with youth

  • DBS check

  • a motivation statement.


We are seeking partners from businesses/corporates to invest in the wellbeing, artistic development and civic leadership skills of our youth by:

  • Sponsoring participants packs that include personalised superhero t-shirts, journals, mugs, tote bags and learning materials.

  • Sponsoring healthy lunches and snacks

  • Joining the sessions to empower the youth to achieve their social impact through opportunities to share their project in the local community

  • Sponsoring a group to attend the Be The Change Celebration in Dubai this December