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Jack Young

Jack joined Bricks in autumn 2023, having spent the last decade co-devising and facilitating socially-engaged art projects with young people in a variety of community settings.

He is interested in working with groups to explore ideas around play and experiment, how history is told and how it might be told differently and what it might mean if we had space to live our lives more collectively. 

At Bricks, Jack is responsible for developing and expanding the programme for young people in St Anne’s. This includes setting up a weekly open access creative session and a holiday programme as part of the Holiday Hub Bristol scheme, with many other plans for the road ahead.

The programme will always be led in dialogue with, and cultivated by, the interests and voices of the young people involved. Over the past few years, Jack has developed and curated an engagement programme at Spike Island Gallery between Hartcliffe and Leigh Woods and co-devised a performance with young people in South Bristol at Ashton Court, which looked at the untold stories left behind by the ‘official’ histories of the mansion.

This led to the publication in Summer 2023 of Haunting Ashton Court: A Creative Handbook for Collective History-Making. Alongside his work with young people, Jack is a writer who creates hybrid work that explores hauntings of landscape and archive.

He is also co-host and producer of local arts podcast Tender Buttons, in partnership with Storysmith Books in Bedminster.