Project information

Pop Up Collective

Working with young people to create “pop-up” events. Linking with the guerrilla culture will set a programme of art, poetry and debate. A large community drawing session, non stop poetry, cultural storytelling, youth issues debate, skills swaps and safe street art.

July 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Ignite Imaginations (Sheffield)

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  • Need


    The project will be in South Sheffield, aimed at young people at risk of social exclusion- due to low aspirations, lack of guidance, unemployment and low or no attendance to schools/colleges. Many are asylum seekers and refugees who face constant change and relocation; this leaves an unsettled feeling in the area, with tension rising between communities. With unemployment raising and funds being cut for college support there is an increased concern about crime and associated violence.


    We aim to develop skills, confidence, communication and understanding. We want to break down barriers within the community, particularly negative opinions that occur between cultures and generations. We would invite local residents to be guest artists and speakers, encouraging dialogue within the community, addressing local needs and issues. Through the programme we will show the young people what career opportunities, local services and groups and pathways that are available.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empower young people to be creative and get further involved in the community


    » Weekly creative sessions in the local environment, planning for events and skilling up the young people to take a lead on the activities.
    » Young people working along side a professional artist or poet, devising a project that is mutually beneficial for the young people and the community.
    » Deliver a series of “pop-up” workshops/events, encourage local people to get involved, use their urban and green spaces creatively.

    What success will look like

    Delivery of a series of events involving the young people at all planning and delivery stages. Legacy of the project past this funding- young people and community working together.

    Aim 2

    To encourage community cohesion and promote the creative use of urban and green spaces


    » Deliver "pop up" events in local green spaces, open to all, including non stop poetry, cultural storytelling
    » Partnership working with local groups and organisations of publicity and marketing of the events
    » Encourage adult volunteers in the community to get involved and support the young people
    » We would invite local residents to be guest artists, poets and speakers to the sessions, encouraging dialogue within the community.

    What success will look like

    Creation of new and lasting partnerships between the young people and local organisations/residents. Attendance and involvement of community in the events and workshops.

    Aim 3

    To encourage the young people to pursue further education or training


    » Delivery of Arts Award training- to provide an accredited qualification for the planning, delivery, marketing and legacy of the project.

    What success will look like

    Delivery of Arts Award qualification for the group and completion of Silver Award, volunteering opportunities taken up at Art in the Park, access to training and further education.

  • Impact


    We will monitor all attendances to events and workshops, and creatively evaluate at the end of each session- gaining an understanding of people's experiences and improvements needed. We will celebrate the project and invite the community, including press coverage, a website and blog covering and promoting the successes of the project. We will create new long term relationships, greater understanding and involvement in the community, increasing confidence and further use of local green spaces.


    Low attendance of young people- will work with local partners to invite and target young people to come to the workshops, ensuring we understand how best to accommodate different cultures, ages and schedules. Conflict and unwanted involvement from the community- will spend time before the project within the community, working with local residents and organisation, and make sure we understand how best to involve people. We will monitor our progress and stay flexible in our delivery.


    Through monitoring and evaluation reports in the middle and end of the project. Through updates online- twitter, facebook and our website. Mini film reports from participants on utube and photographs on flickr.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Workshops and events Publicity, room hire, artists fees and materials- running 19 sessions which includes events
      £1,800 Management Staff time, overheads- insurance, telephone and broadband
      £700 Participant and vol expenses Refreshments, travel, CRB, arts award costs
  • Background


    Predominantly white working class, with a new influx of ethnic minorities and asylum seekers and refugees. Green spaces and allotments are abundant but not used appropriately, often vandalised and used for drinking and drug use. Made up of mainly social housing, shops and public areas are falling into disrepair. Suburb to the city, very little creative and social activity provided. Adult learning and further learning opportunities recently cut.


    Sheffield- Gleadless and Lowedges - experience low levels of health, some of highest rates of teenage conceptions in the City, and higher than average alcohol & drug-related hospital admissions. Higher than average number of older people with long term limiting illness and social isolation. Predominantly white working class and low levels of physical activity. 30% of students in Gleadless gained 5 or more A-C grades at GCSE.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have worked within the communities of Sheffield for the past 6 years delivering free creative events, workshops and consultations with those that do not usually have the opportunity, where there is not the provision, the green spaces are not used to their full potential or deprivation is high and aspirations are low. We have recently run a large scale writing project in the area, formed relationships with the community and local organisations and have a full understanding of their needs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Luisa Golob

    Chief Executive- responsible for fundraising, planning and partnership working. Managed the organisation for 3 years.

    Cassie Kill

    Project Manager- responsible for recruitment of particpants, publicity, support of artists, staff and maintaining partnerships, support at events.

    Freelance Artists And Poets

    Delivery of sessions and events, supporting participants. All trained, inducted and supervised by Art in the Park.

    Gleadless Community Forum

    Formed a good relationship through recent work in the area. Will support with recruitment, publicity, and community involvement.