Hopes and Fears is an ongoing screenprinting project that works with people to create images about their brightest hopes and darkest fears. During the life of the project we have worked with young people in hospital, teenagers who are deaf, young people excluded from mainstream school and young offenders.
One of the amazing things about the project is how the young people respond to the physical analogue printmaking process. Where once they loved the magic of photoshop these days that all seems very mundane and instead they find real wonder and delight in pulling the ink, lifting the screen and discovering the image below. One young offender in a Pupil Referral Unit exclaimed 'That is sick!' when he saw his image for the first time.
Making real things with your hands can really cut through and impact people.
The project has been funded by National Lottery Awards for All, Exeter Phoenix and Headstart Hull.