Enhancing the health and social wellbeing of children and young people living with HIV

Art is Key

The Art is Key project , which has been running for several years, 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 17-21 year olds, living with HIV from across the in the UK or Ireland.


Our 2020 Art is Key project will take place from 8th-10th May (location TBC) and from 26th-30th October (London). Please get in touch with us if you are interested in a place for a young person aged 17 plus. Email

In February/April we ran our 2019 Art is Key project, in collaboration with Turtle Key Arts and the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith.  The group created a podcast of the materials derived from this project and we plan to share this widely to create better understanding of the experiences of young people growing up living with HIV.


Participants shared an edited live version of the podcast at the CHIVA 10th Annual support camp in 2019, and this will also be performed at our annual conferences in 2020. 

Watch the film Life Growing Up if you haven’t already - this was created from the Art is Key project we ran in 2018.

Thank you to The Coop Foundation, UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for funding our Art is Key project - part of a strategy to address youth loneliness.