€13,000 project win for new Youth Lab Project in Wolverhampton

19 May 2020

Published in: Member News

Cross-sector partnership between Wolverhampton City Council, The University of Wolverhampton and Creative Black Country receives €13,000 funding for new Youth Lab project.

Creative Black Country joins Actors of Urban Change

  • Cross-sector partnership between Wolverhampton City Council, The University of Wolverhampton and Creative Black Country receives €13,000 funding for new Youth Lab project.
  • Youth Lab – Wolverhampton chosen as one of the ten teams from over 170 applications across Europe to join the international network.
  • Young people under the age of 25 wanted to help shape city’s Town Deal and have their say.


Young people from Wolverhampton, under the age of 25, are wanted to help shape and reimagine the High Streets of the future.

A team from Wolverhampton has been accepted on to Actors of Urban Changea community-driven international good practice network that promotes sustainable urban development in Europe. 

Youth Lab – Wolverhampton has been chosen as one of ten teams from over 170 applications across Europe to join the programme. The project will support young people to have a voice in the city’s future.

The successful team from Wolverhampton is made up of a cross-sector partnership between Wolverhampton City Council, The University of Wolverhampton and Creative Black Country. 

The Wolverhampton project will focus on how young people can actively participate in co-designing their city, especially through arts and culture, and assist in identifying the vision for the Town Deal for the City of Wolverhampton.

The project will be shaped by members of the Youth Voice Forums as well as students and young people from across the city over the next 18 months. There will be several digital projects piloted during this time including an online live-drawing workshop with artist Dan Griffin-Hayes in June. 

The first step is to ask young people under the age of 25 to fill out a short survey of their thoughts on the city.

Professor Laura Caulfield, Founding Chair of the Institute of Community Research and Development at the University of Wolverhampton says: 

“Actors of Urban Change brings such exciting possibilities for us. We’re thinking all the time about how we work with young people and how we work with organisations to co-produce work to make sure that young people’s voices are heard.”

Kush Patel, Children’s Innovation Lead at City of Wolverhampton Council: “It’s very rare to have the opportunity to learn from other cities [in Europe] and bring that learning back. This is about real world learning to co-design the infrastructure of the city and show young people: ‘you have a say in all of this, from concept to reality!’”.

Liam Smyth, Creative Producer at Creative Black Country says: “Being part of Actors of Urban Change is an outstanding opportunity for Wolverhampton. With the British Art Show coming to the city in 2021, the timing couldn’t be more perfect to get young people excited about being creative and making a difference in their city.”

The Actors of Urban Change programme began with a kick-off meeting in Berlin in February. 

The team will now work together to develop their project through a combination of local resources, financial support from the Robert Bosch Schiftung and the knowledge of city-building experts who will be invited to visit Wolverhampton from across the world.

If you are a young person in Wolverhampton who would like to participate then the team want to hear from you. Please email info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk for further information on how you can take part.

Youth Lab - Wolverhampton is supported by Actors of Urban Change, a program by MitOst e.V., funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.




Notes to editors:


For more information please contact kerry@creativeblackcountry.co.uk / 07931 995 463 for more information.

Website: https://www.creativeblackcountry.co.uk/
Twitter: @CreativeBCuk 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeBCuk/

Actors of Urban Change: https://www.actorsofurbanchange.org/projects/youth-lab-wolverhampton/


About Creative Black Country
Creative Black Country is part of the national Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places program, which encourages more people to experience the arts. We work with local people to discover, explore and grow an exciting and meaningful programme of arts activity in the Black Country.

Creative People and Places

Creative Black Country is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live.There are 30 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts. Between 2013-2018 Creative People and Places projects have reached over 3 million people, 89% of who do not regularly engage in the arts. www.creativepeopleplaces.org.uk

Submitted by Kerry from Black Country Together
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linked In


Post A Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment. Please click here to login.