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

Creative engagement with young adults

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 provides opportunities for young people to come together for arts residencies where they work with professional artists to explore their experiences around HIV and share their stories using music, drama and spoken word. It offers the opportunity for therapeutic support, social support and the development of peer networks, and skills and confidence development.
Young adults living with HIV aged 17-24 across the UK and Ireland can attend Art is Key.

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

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 attendees, trustees, funders and partners attended the virtual celebration event where work from previous Art is Key projects was shared, along with live performances of drama, poetry and music from young people.

Listen to 'A Place Where I belong' a song written by young people from Art is Key during Lockdown.

For more information on our previous Art is Key projects, please visit this page.