Current and past projects

Here are some of our current and past projects.

During October 2015, Soft Touch exhibited their first project in the New Walk building. The project was produced with and by young people and demonstrated the differences between life as a young person in the 1950s and modern day life in Leicester.

Changing You(th). Teenagers in the 1950's and today was a Soft Touch project that brought young and older people together. The project compared how teenagers feel about themselves and the world around them in the 1950's to teenage experiences today.

On the 13th and 18th of August 2015, local residents collaborated with Soft Touch Arts Project Leader Kieran Walsh to design a mural that would brighten up their community.

Young people in New Parks – a large estate towards the edges of the city – can sometimes feel disconnected from Leicester.

On Wednesday the 29th of July, young people came together for an out of this world project!

The Soft Touch Arts Award Club is an on-going project that is held on a Wednesday afternoon as a weekly drop in session. Any young person that accesses Soft Touch projects can take part and achieve an Arts Award as part of the creative projects or activities they are involved with.

Park Lodge is a supported living project for young single adults. Those who use Park Lodge have had very challenging backgrounds and have been leading chaotic life styles with associated problems which have led to them needing specialised housing and life-skills support. Many have been previously homeless…

The commemorative installation project began in January 2015 and ran through to February 2015, making it a six week long project. With funding obtained by New Parks Library from the Arts Council, Soft Touch and participants were able to complete the third project out of four on the first year of the…

A group of young artists invited the public to experience a darker side of Valentine's Day – BLEEDING HeART – which was an exhibition enticing the public to trade in their stereotypical views of Valentine's Day for a chance to take an adventure into the more cruel and twisted forms of love.

Symphonize is a ground-breaking project between Soft Touch Arts and the Philharmonia Orchestra. It began on Thursday January 8, taking workshops to four different groups of young people in Leicester.

Well Cool is a cooking project which works with New Parks, as part of Big-Up New Parks.

The ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes.' project aims to make the public aware of the social issues that young people face today, such as depression, self-harm, teen pregnancy and many more.

Generation ART, a touring exhibition of young people's art, that exhibited at Soft Touch Arts and New Walk Gallery from 15th January - 6th March 2016. The aim of Generation ART is for children and young people to be involved in a high quality exhibition at all stages, as curators, artists, audiences…

Soft Touch has been working with the Autism Outreach Service, doing photography, and animation sessions at their centre in Kingsway North. The work has been done with a small group of students who have expressed an interest in art and creative activities.

A large cast of terrifying characters was assembled to scare the audience who found themselves trapped in a semi-derelict institution where they had to work out how to escape from the the crazed inmates.

The Positive Vibes sessions are part of Soft Touch's Big Up New Parks programme, which attempts to reach young people who do not normally access mainstream youth services.

Soft Touch made a Frozen scene including an ice palace, mountains and Olaf the Snowman, and the scene was completed with projections onto the wall behind.

The Style Your Space group have taken their skills to the next level by painting a large scale mural on a well known building in New Parks.

Style Your Space is now into into its fourth programme, and is continuing to go from strength to strength. The current class is attended by ten New Parks residents, who have been learning lots of new and interesting techniques to decorate their homes on a budget.

One of the positive sides to starting the massive clear-out required before our move to new premises is the chance to remember past projects, as we review what we need to keep and what needs to go from the vast collection of project-related materials here at Hartopp Road.

In August, Soft Touch Arts held an exhibition at Highcross Leicester in collaboration with graphic design agency, Arch Creative, and sponsored by Kaplan Financial. Of course, this wasn't just an ordinary exhibition!

The first session has been held of the new three year programme, a partnership between New Parks Library and Soft Touch Arts in the Library.

Young people from New Parks Young Peoples Joint Action Group held the launch of their new anti-bullying video at Curve Theatre on 28th May.