The 2013 Kick Ash project brought together five groups of young people from across the Dudley borough to transform a town centre shop.

Working with Creative Health CIC and five professional artists, 37 young people used different artforms to explore CHOICE:ACTION:CONSEQUENCE. Funded by Dudley Stop Smoking Service, this year’s project looked at the consequences of risky behaviour in its broadest sense, rather than just isolating smoking as a health hazard. The five products came together as a spectacular shop ‘makeover’ for two weeks, opened by local artist Geoff Tristram and visited by dozens of people including Dudley North MP Ian Austin, local health leaders and of course lots of young people.

At the heart of the installation was a live link to our ‘Find It Out’ page where young people can look for support and activities to avoid risky behaviour and become more ‘Cluedin’…

ArtspaceArtspace Shop,
Dudley Town Centre

A team of young people worked with installation artist Matt Shaw to transform a Dudley town centre shop. They created three urban scenes reflecting how life choices could affect your personal environment.

Valley-roadValley Road Youth Centre,

Animation was the chosen art form in Lye, where young people worked with artist Gemma Amos to create short films based on risky behaviour.

artspace-guitarCoseley Youth Centre

Creating music and lyrics took over the week of sessions in Coseley, led by musician Chris Mapp. They invented a character called ‘The Rebel’ and imagined what temptations he may encounter at a music festival, and how the choices he made could affect his future.

HalesowenHalesowen Youth Centre

Photography with a hint of creative writing occupied the sessions in Halesowen. Professional photographer Ming de Nasty guided young people through technical issues such as lighting and focus to produce a set of prints depicting how a life choice had changed a familiar environment.

The-SourceThe Source Youth Centre,

Film director Jouvan Fucini led workshops in drama and film-making with young people in Kingswinford, producing a variety of short films exploring choices around risky behaviour.