Your Voice 2 coming to the Round Tower

Your Voice 2 is a collaborative community arts and heritage project with the charity Motiv8 South and the arts organisation
Project Caboodle. The project gives a voice to young people in support, and provides new creative experiences along with the
tools needed to help develop valuable and transferable job skills within the creative industry.

The key long-term outcomes for this project are to empower and inspire young people by helping them work towards their
career goals across the various creative industries. The opportunities Motiv8 and Project Caboodle provide have helped develop new interests in arts and heritage through learning, documenting, archiving and re-appropriating unheard stories whilst working on a unique heritage project that contributes to the community.

During 2022, a series of creative workshops, a podcast of audio recordings , an artist residency programme, and pop-up exhibitions were commissioned. The project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

The first stage involved commissioning a team of professional artists to deliver workshops that provided transferable creative job skills. The young people involved then produced oral recordings about their own life experiences, and what its like to be young in today’s society. To help develop connections between the young people and other members of the community, they also interviewed mature and elderly people about their lived experiences of historical events taking place during the Queen’s jubilee, and the Falklands War.

The work that will be exhibited in the Round Tower is from the second stage of the project where 6 artists were commisioned to make new work inspired by the oral recordings during a residency programme at ArtSpace Portsmouth. During 12 week residency period, the young people from Motiv8 attended artist-led workshops to learn new skills, and made new work.

The dates of the exhibition are to be confirmed. For more information –

Artist 1 – Michael Whelan
Artist 2 – Tony Spencer
Artist 3 – Rachel Johnson
Artist 4 – Ashley John
Artist 5 – Tom Boulton
Artist 6 – Lauren Fry www.

Featured image by textile artist Rachel Johnston

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