ReClaim was a 4‐week series of workshops with clay, hosted in 2018 by North Staffordshire Mind, an informal drop-in service for young people aged 11-18 years old.

BCB associate artist Joanna Dawidowska shared her own artistic practice and used clay to explore ideas of identity with the young people. The young people exhibited photographs, sculptures and texts from the workshops at North Staffordshire Mind’s Creative Minds event at the CCMA building in Cobridge.

“Identity can’t be refined and defined. Identity is more than your name, sex or background. Identity goes below the surface.”
-Mindzone group

In feedback on the sessions, 94% of young people taking part stated they were able to express their identity. The group felt proud of their achieved and told us they found the workshops calming and therapeutic.

“To do what comes from feelings rather than thinking.”
-Mindzone participant

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