ART IS KEY

Art is Key is a creative youth engagement project we run in partnership with Turtle Key Arts. 

The project provides the opportunity for young people to explore their experiences of growing up with HIV, by working with professional artists, and using music, drama, and spoken word to share stories and thoughts. The project is for 17-24 year olds, living with HIV from across the UK or Ireland. 

Register your patients interest

Please use the below link, to register your patients interest in Art is Key, other CHIVA projects or for further support.

CHIVA Referral Form

Resources Produced

2019 ART IS KEY – THE ARCHIVE PODCAST

This podcast includes conversations, poetry and music which explore the participants’ experiences of growing up living with HIV. All material in the podcast is written by young people.

An edited version of the podcast is now publicly available. The original unedited podcast can be listened to by CHIVA professional members using the link below. However, please do not share more widely.

You can listen to the original unedited podcast here, using the password Podcast19.

2018 – LIFE GROWING UP

In 2018 the Art is Key project included professional storytellers working with the group across the week-long residential. After the project the film and live performance piece ‘Life Growing Up’ was created from the testimonies shared by the young people, using their own words. You can watch this film here.

2016 – IF YOU KNEW

In 2016 the Art is Key project produced a film which was written, directed and acted by participants in the project that year. Using spoken word, drama, music and film making, young people shared their experiences of what it is like to have grown up living with HIV.

The film is available for members to view on vimeo here.

Participates have stated they do not consent to the film being publicly used. PLEASE DO NOT SHARE OUTSIDE YOUR CLINIC OR DOWNLOAD.

2015 – THE FIRST ART IS KEY

In 2015 the first Art is Key project was held. The residential project delivered across the week in London involved a creative workshop programme facilitated by musicians, spoken word performers and drama professionals. The young people created sketches and musical performances, which were shared at a private event at the end of the project at a Youth Arts Space in North London. The film below captured this performance.