CHIVA works with Turtle Key Arts to deliver Art is Key, a creative engagement programme with young adults who have grown up with HIV. Art is Key is open to young adults aged 17-25 who are living with HIV across the UK and Ireland.

Art is Key provides opportunities for young people to come together for arts residencies during which they work with professional artists. Young people explore their experiences around HIV and share their stories using music, drama and spoken word. The programme offers the opportunity for therapeutic support, social support and the development of peer networks, as well as skills and confidence development.

Art is Key 2021

Art is Key 2021 started with Zoom workshops in May, June & September. Before meeting for an in-person residential on 30th September – 3rd October. The project continued in 2022 with further zoom calls and a residential in spring.

Participants performed the musical they wrote and produced at the 16th Annual Chiva Conference.

Art is Key alumni event 2020

Throughout July 2020 we ran an Art is Key alumni event which celebrated all the projects delivered since 2013 on this programme. Young people worked with professional artists throughout the month with new material created virtually. This captured some of the experiences of connection between young people who had attended Art is Key previously and current feelings and challenges around lockdown and the impact of COVID-19.

A collective song and group poem were created and shared with a private audience during an alumni celebration event held on Zoom at the end of the month. Previous Art is Key participants along with CHIVA trustees, funders and partners attended the virtual celebration event. Work from past projects was shared and young people gave live performances of drama, poetry and music.

You can listen to ‘A Place Where I belong’, a song written by young people from Art is Key during lockdown, and find out more about previous Art is Key projects.