Youth Club

We have created a space for young migrants and refugees to come together and engage with creative activities, to be able to form a solidarity platform and also be part of Centrala’s community. Our aim for the Youth Club is to engage young people from diverse backgrounds and we do not require prior knowledge of the arts.

With activities ranging from workshops, film screenings, games nights, exhibitions and art education, this is a safe space for young people to bring their creativity to the forefront and explore creative expression.

Currently we have partnered with GRAIN PROJECTS, who have commissioned artist Mark Neville to make a unique photography project. Over the course of the project Neville; who is based in Ukraine, will engage with the group via zoom to reflect upon their experiences over the last 12 months. To explore into their lives before the conflict in comparison to their recent arrival in Birmingham, and the attempt to settle and feel part of the city and its communities.

About Mark Neville

Mark Neville works at the intersection of art and documentary, investigating the social function of photography. His work has consistently looked to subvert the traditional role of social documentary practice. Often working with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of direct, practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the towns he portrays the primary audience for the work.

Towards the Future

We believe in the educational role of the art and the importance of creative expression in young people. We are working towards expanding our Youth Club and invite young people from all CEE countries and diverse backgrounds. 

We aim to form a safe space of belonging where young people from CEE countries are welcomed and are part of Centrala’s communities. We are promoting ways of engaging and a platform for young people to express their voices. 

We provide opportunities for young people to get involved with artistic activities and socially engaging practices while ensuring an open space for dialogue and socialising.