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No creative journey is the same but we know that inspiring your students, whatever their ambition, is at the heart of what we do in creative education.

Being a Boy student opportunities

At AUB we believe that opportunities to engage with creative subjects and explore new art forms should be available to everyone. We also recognise the power of creativity as a tool to engage in conversations about import issues that affect our lives.

That’s why we’re delighted to announce the launch of the Being a Boy project, a brand-new initiative which provides space for young men to creatively engage with the role of masculinity in their day-to-day lives.

The Being a Boy project

The Being a Boy project provides a number of fully-funded places on selected workshops in Creative Writing, Movement and Photography. The workshops explore the themes of masculinity and identity. They provide a creative channel for participants to reflect on what being a young man means in a post-pandemic world. And an innovative mechanism to conduct an exploration of the possible implications for boys’ future health, happiness and educational success.

If you would like to be involved, just take a look at the different workshops available below, check the eligibility criteria, and register your interest.

Empower, Creative Writing Workshop – 21 June 2022

Inside every single one of us, there is a story, and it is so important to ensure every story is heard. We are excited to announce Empower, a creative writing workshop supported by an experienced facilitator with the aim of equipping participants with the tools to create confident, bold and thought-provoking creative pieces.

Previous experience of creative writing is not necessary.

Please see below for more information on Empower and to check if you are eligible for a place on this free workshop.

The Being a Boy workshop places are available to young people living permanently in England. To be eligible for participation in one or more of the workshops, attendees must be studying in either KS3 or KS4 (aged 12-16) and identify as boys.

Participants must also meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Received Free School Meals during at any point during your school studies
  • Been in local authority care or looked after for three months or more OR are estranged from your family
  • Are a Young Carer
  • Have a parent who has served, or is currently serving, in the armed forces
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education. (Postcodes within the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles)
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area that falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

Please check your eligibility for the POLAR4 measure (postcodes in the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles qualify) and eligibility for the IMD measure (postcodes in the lowest 2 deciles qualify).

  • Explore themes surrounding masculinity and identity, and how they impact on our daily lives
  • Work both independently and collaboratively to build confidence in producing bold, exciting and thought-provoking creative writing pieces
  • Work with the support of an experienced practitioner to evolve your skills and confidence in creative writing
  • Broaden existing abilities and develop new skill focused on expression and storytelling

21 June 2022 – full day workshop

Capture, Photography Workshop – 12 July 2022

It’s your photographic story, what is it you want to say?

In this workshop participants will engage with an art form which encourages experimentation, open-mindedness, and a risk-taking approach to creativity. Photography is creative tool which celebrates pushing boundaries and provides individuals with a new platform to tell their stories.

Suitable for young people who identify as boys, aged 12 –16. No previous experience of photography needed.

Please see below for more information on Capture and to check if you are eligible for a place on this free workshop.

The Being a Boy workshop places are available to young people living permanently in England. To be eligible for participation in one or more of the workshops, attendees must be studying in either KS3 or KS4 (aged 12 – 16) and identify as boys.

Participants must also meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Received Free School Meals during at any point during your school studies
  • Been in local authority care or looked after for three months or more OR are estranged from your family
  • Are a Young Carer
  • Have a parent who has served, or is currently serving, in the armed forces
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education. (Postcodes within the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles)
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area that falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

Please check your eligibility for the POLAR4 measure (Postcodes in the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles qualify) and eligibility for the IMD measure (Postcodes in the lowest 2 deciles qualify).

  • Explore themes surrounding masculinity and identity whilst learning how to capture what it means to be a boy in the post-pandemic world
  • Experiment with a wide variety of techniques and skills with all equipment provided
  • Benefit from the teaching of an experienced practitioner who will help you find your own story in photography
  • Broaden existing abilities and develop new skills within the landscape of photography
  • Engage with a new art form and gain transferrable skills in a creative field.
  • Develop the ability to engage independently and explore your own art style

Tuesday 12 July 2022, full day workshop

Lift Off, Movement Workshop – 28-29 July

Come and join us for the Being a Boy two-day, on-campus movement workshop Lift Off. In this workshop, participants will explore a range of different themes working towards creating a final piece that explores the challenges of Being a Boy in the post-pandemic world. This workshop will have a strong focus on key elements of contemporary dance: physicality, strength, trust and working collaboratively to create adaptable artists.

Previous experience of dance is not necessary.

Please see below for more information on Lift Off and to check if you are eligible for a place on this free workshop.

The Being a Boy workshop places are available to young people living permanently in England. To be eligible for participation in one or more of the workshops, attendees must be studying in either KS3 or KS4 (aged 12 – 16) and identify as boys.

Participants must also meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Received Free School Meals during at any point during your school studies
  • Been in local authority care or looked after for three months or more OR are estranged from your family
  • Are a Young Carer
  • Have a parent who has served, or is currently serving, in the armed forces
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education. (Postcodes within the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles)
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area that falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

Please check your eligibility for the POLAR4 measure (postcodes in the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles qualify) and eligibility for the IMD measure (postcodes in the lowest 2 deciles qualify).

  • Explore themes surrounding masculinity and identity with a focus on creating a piece which explores what it means to be a boy in the post-pandemic world
  • Explore the physical and mental benefits of engaging in a movement focused workshop
  • Benefit from working in a studio environment on site at the AUB Campus with experienced tutors
  • Broaden existing abilities and develop new skill focused on expression and storytelling
  • Engage with a new form of exercise that focuses on strength and trust whilst supporting physical and mental wellbeing
  • Develop the ability to engage independently and collaboratively

28 and 29 July, non-residential two-day workshop

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