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Our Provocation


21 November 2017 - 21 January 2018

Young women from New Horizon Youth Centre have been working with artist Hannah Hull to design a visual campaign. Over eight sessions, the group have explored their ideas and opinions on issues such as mental health, sexual health, role models, body image and nutrition.

The campaign is formed of two sections, one in the windows of the studio and the other on the walls of the corridor. The former contains slogans and statements of protest generated by the group. The other features everyday products with health warnings that have been subverted by the young people, such as alcohol, medication and mobile phones.

During the workshops the young people have been responding to the idea of ‘Provocation’ in Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?, and used the exhibition content to stimulate their ideas. See what they have to say outside the Youth Studio.

Project contributors

New Horizon Youth Centre is a day centre, outreach project and advice service supporting over 2500 homeless 16-21 year olds per year. They provide everything from hot food, showers and laundry to finding accommodation, training and employment. In addition they offer in-house counselling, drug and alcohol support, an on-site nurse, fitness, art, music and communication skills workshops - everything marginalised young people need to create a positive future.

Hannah Hull is a socially-engaged artist and researcher, specialising in excluded groups. She currently holds a PhD studentship at Goldsmiths, University of London.

This project has been organised as part of Wellcome Collection’s Youth Programme, which engages young people (in their school and leisure time) and local communities through participatory projects that build knowledge, inspire creativity and promote confidence.

Part of Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?