Current and past projects

Here are some of our current and past projects.

We are open for arts and music sessions now. There will be some restrictions in place.

Leicester Art Week is an arts festival produced by Leicester Visual Arts presenting and exciting programme of exhibitions, events and commissions across the city.

UNLOCKED: Prison Art from HMP Leicester and beyond

Write, act, sing, design, direct, produce a comedy show with writer/performers Rob Gee, Kirsty Munro and Matt Hollins, and members of the Soft Touch team.

A weekly Saturday music activity session suitable for young people with special educational needs.

Social enterprise run by Soft Touch in partnership with Leicestershire Red Cross. Supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester to make new friendships, get involved in their community and learn cooking and catering skills.

Soft Touch Arts worked with young people from the Saffron Lane Estate, where Orton grew up, and other parts of Leicester to produce an exhibition inspired by the life, work and legacy of the Leicester-born playwright.

The City Classroom project was an action research initiative designed to explore the potential of locally sourced curriculum content for every Leicester child.

This is a session designed for young people who want to make music independently and have a bit of experience, This is a follow up from our other MiXt Up sessions.

A regular music session at Soft Touch Arts for girls to learn, enjoy and record music. Every Monday 4-6pm.

Soft Touch Arts are making a difference at Ward Three.

We have been working with Ellesmere College and Birkett house over the past 6 weeks delivering music education.

Symphonized is a partnership project between Soft Touch Arts and The Philharmonia Orchestra. Funded by Youth Music and Children in Need. The project which happened in January 2017. Involving 3 Leicester schools and various young people from Highfields.

RE-FAB is an upcycling, skill-based project.

Over the summer of 2016 Soft Touch had the opportunity to run some community drumming workshops as part of the City festival Clash of drums Event.

As a result of working with Sustrans on a consultation project in December 2015; an opportunity to improve a small car park area on Braunstone Gate arose.

In January Youth Music awarded us funding to start a large three-year project, MiXT-UP, giving young people who wouldn't normally get the the chance to access music-making activities.

The Inside Outside Prison Art Exhibition is a culmination of months of hard work by a dedicated group of young men at HMP Glen Parva, who create artwork for themselves, for loved ones and to brighten up the prison surroundings.

MiXT-UP Travellers is a strand from our MiXT-UP three year music programme. The Travellers sessions work with young people from travelling communities, and participants range from aged four to fifteen. 

As part of funding received from Ambition, young people that attend our STart sessions produced artwork and music for their Work and Progress exhibition at Soft Touch's New Walk building.

With funding from Awards For All, Kieran Walsh and Lewis Buttery from Soft Touch Arts go to Glen Parva prison to work with inmates every week with help from staff from The Therapeutic Drug and Alcohol Support Team (TDAS).

Wednesday 3rd February saw the launch of the two latest projects in the Arts Council funded partnership programme with New Parks Library ‘Creative New Parks'.

We set up pART-of with funding generated through our Catalyst Arts programme supported by the Arts Council. It was an incentive scheme to encourage new funders and donors to support our work with a match donation given for every £1 donated through new supporters.