Art is Key

Art is Key 2018 was a youth participation project for 17-21 year olds living with HIV. 

The project provided participants with the opportunity to explore experiences of growing up with HIV using spoken word, storytelling, music, dance and drama. 

Alongside working on a final day performance for a closed invited audience, participants shared stories and participated in detailed individual interviews discussing their experiences of living with HIV, to form the basis of a performance based short film and theatre piece, written and produced by Danny Scheinmann and Sarah Sutcliffe. The film was later made with actors to be used publicly to address the issues of growing up living with HIV. A live performance of the film script and live music score were performed at the International Aids Conference in Amsterdam in July 2018. You can find out more about the project here. 

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The below image is from the session on sharing experiences of living with HIV.

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History

In 2015, 20 HIV positive young people aged 17 and over participated in a film making process facilitated by Turtle Key Arts. The group of young people formed a production company to create their film about growing up living with HIV in the UK.

 

Using the expressive arts of writing, drama, music and film making, young people could share their experiences of what it is like to have grown up living with HIV in the UK. In the first session, in October 2015, participants worked alongside a professional film maker and drama facilitator to explore the subject matter in depth. There were activities to generate ideas, characters and scenarios that formed the starting point to develop into a short film.

Between October and April the group continued to work on their ideas, with input from both CHIVA and the filmmaker. You can read more about their work process here.

After the end of the film making week at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith,  there was a sharing of the work in progress for family, friends and an invited closed audience. (All participants in the film have their identity protected.) 

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 (Above image shows some of the key themes that emerged through the initial workshop) 

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