Project Inspires


The Arts4Care project - which has been funded by Your Consortium Ltd – has worked with young people aged between 12 – 16 in partnership with Inspired Youth and the Looked After Children Support Team to build a picture of their experiences of being in care. Working alongside Artists Gemma Gilleard aka GX2 and Joy Gilleard aka Cbloxx the young people designed and painted a series of positive art murals in Hamilton House to transform the space, they wrote poetry with a lyricist before going on to create a film based on their own real life experiences.

Arts4Care is a partnership project between Inspired Youth and the Looked After Support Team, Your Consortium and City of York Council.

Kev Curran, Director of Inspired Youth, a not for profit enterprise says, “Its been an absolute pleasure for Inspired Youth to work along side the brilliant young people, who have all dedicated themselves to this creative journey. Their artwork in Hamilton House is incredible and leaves a positive and hopeful legacy which will inspire young people and professionals for time to come. Not only has it been inspiring to see young people grow in confidence and develop skills but most of all they have brought their honest experiences to a process in order to make a difference to other young people, and to inspire and educate professionals with their insight”.

The young people that took part in the Arts4Care project worked closely with Gemma and Joy to create awe inspiring pieces of street art on the walls of Hamilton House. The young people also produced their own striking and individual stencil portraits to take home. The art work can be seen at Hamilton House which is the base for the Looked After Children Support Team, and where children and young people frequently access.

The film will go on to used by professionals who work with Looked After children and young people as part of a training resource. It will enable the project participant’s opinions and views on the way professionals work with them to be heard, and to be part of any changes to working practice that may take place in the future.

A young person involved in the Arts4Care project stated, “We all worked together to make an honest piece of work. The art work looks amazing and is a real reflection of all the people that made this possible. ‘Inspired youth’ totally describes what this project is all about”.

Zoe Hardy, Project Lead for the Looked After Children’s Support Service says, “I’m incredibly proud of the young people that took part in the Arts4Care project and the commitment they have shown throughout the process. They have brought their own experiences to the project which has highlighted the challenges they face as looked after children. Arts4Care project has offered the young people an amazing opportunity to experience new skills and work with professional street artists and film makers. Their art work at Hamilton House has been an inspiration to everyone that has seen it and we hope the film will become as equally inspiring to all that see it. It’s been a privilege to be a part of this project and to work with such inspiring people.” Visit for more information on the Arts4Care project.


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