Lost Voices is a 2 year project which creatively explores the lost voices of young people who have not traditionally been heard, including young people with experience of the care system and young people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Mess Up The Mess is working with Llamau and City and County of Swansea Children’s Services to support young people to find their voice, develop, shape and create their own large scale artwork.
16-25 year olds from across South Wales are working with some of Wales’ leading artists to co-create a public artwork which will give voice to their experiences and tell the stories they want to tell. The destination in this creative journey is unknown. The outcome is in the hands of the participants. We don’t know if it will be a play, a film, an exhibition, an immersive experience or something that no-one has ever seen before. But we’re excited to discover what it will be.
Over the 2 years, the Lost Voices participants will work with professional artists including writers, designers and musicians. We’ve also built in chances for new and emerging artists to gain paid experience on the project, with freelance opportunities and paid internships to support artists from non-traditional backgrounds to gain a foothold in the industry.
Lost Voices finishes in July 2022 with a public art event where the participants will share what they have created – and the stories they want to tell about their lives.
The project has been made possible by funding from Arts Council Wales, Connect and Flourish scheme.