Free creative workshops for young people in Hertfordshire

Published: 27 Jan 2020

As Hertfordshire Year of Culture kicks off, young people are being given the chance to get creative in museums throughout the county.

Hertfordshire County Council has teamed up with the National Heritage Lottery Fund to create “A Space To Be…” Creative workshops, which are aimed at improving the wellbeing of young people.

These exciting workshops are being run in the spring, summer and autumn terms, by the council’s Hertfordshire Museums Development Team in partnership with museums across the county.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “This exciting project will provide young people with the opportunity to take part in a variety of creative activities and to discover more about some of the fascinating objects in our museums.

“It is the latest in a long line of partnerships and events being organised to celebrate Hertfordshire’s Year of Culture in 2020 and we look forward to seeing A Space To Be… really take off.”

Museums in Hatfield, Hitchin, Royston, St Albans, Stevenage and Watford, will be offering the workshops to young people aged 14 to 18, in full-time education, to give them opportunities to socialise away from the pressure of exams. Workshops will take place after school with food provided.

Young people will be referred by the pastoral team at their school. This should be the first port of call for parents who would like their teenagers to be involved.

The workshops will give young people the chance to work with artists and health professionals in activities that will encourage creativity, increase their personal resilience and help safeguard their mental health. Writers, photographers, musicians and visual artists will work with them to create artworks inspired by museum collections.

The Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 will see organisations across the county working together to celebrate, share and explore Hertfordshire’s arts, culture and heritage.

A Space To Be… is being delivered with support from the Ollie Foundation, a charity providing training and other services to prevent suicide in young people.

To find out more call or text 07746 578 292 or email